Tenuta dell'Ornellaia is situated on the Via Bolgherese in the triangle between the sea, the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri and the town of Castagneto Carducci and, to get there, one travels up part of the historic "cypress avenue" celebrated by the poet Giosuè Carducci. The property comprises 97 hectares planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Since the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's foundation in 1981, this beautiful and unspoiled area has become synonymous with winemaking of the first order and has seen the birth of great labels such as: Ornellaia, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia, Masseto and Le Volte.
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia's story began when its founder, Marchese Lodovico Antinori, selected the plots of land in Bolgheri, a still untamed area of the Tuscan Maremma, for planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. He considered these the vines most suited to benefiting from the area's extraordinary and special micro-climate.
In March 1999, the Californian wine producer Robert Mondavi purchased minority shares in the Estate and became owner in 2002, passing 50% of the shares to the Tuscan wine producing family Marchesi de' Frescobaldi. In April 2005, Marchesi de' Frescobaldi took over total ownership.