Since its inception, Ornellaia’s production has been influenced and inspired by the Mediterranean character of the coast near Bolgheri. Founded in 1981, Ornellaia has helped establishing this relatively young viticultural area and it is now regarded as one of the world’s most iconic estates.
Painstaking attention to details, both in the vineyards and in the winery, allows Ornellaia to release every year utterly elegant interpretations of each vintage.
Nestled in the foothills near Bolgheri, Ornellaia lies just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coast. During the summer months, the cool sea breeze caresses the vineyards and nearby olive groves, while during the winter the hills provide protection from the cold north winds.
Ornellaia believes that a wine should be the most authentic expression of the terroir from which it originates and it is right here that, together with the maritime climate, the heterogeneous nature of the land and the estate – of marine, alluvial and volcanic origin – creates a distinct environment where red and white varieties can best express themselves.
In this unique terroir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are used to craft the icon red wines that made the estate famous, while Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier create extremely low quantities of the two white wines of the estate: Ornellaia Bianco and Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia. The range is completed by a rare, sweet expression of Petit Manseng, with Ornus dell’Ornellaia.
The importance that sustainable viticulture is an integral part of their production philosophy and is based on the economic longevity of structures and territories, the qualitative production and the enhancement of the heritage and landscape of the Bolgheri area along with its historical, cultural and ecological aspects.