This guild was one of many guilds that had control over the arts and trades in the city of Florence. It was also in this period, around the end of the 14th Century, that Giovanni Piero di Antinori became a member of the ‘Arte dei Vinattieri’ which marked the start of one of the oldest wine dynasties in Italy. The Antinori family has now made wine in Tuscany for twenty-six generations!
In the year 1716, Tuscany would carve out its place in history when Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany decided to define areas in Tuscany and the production of certain types of wine. Cosimo III delineated these areas to ‘Chianti’, ‘Pomino’, ‘Carmignano’ and ‘Valdarno’. The borders of these wine producing areas, to a certain extent are still valid today and in 2016, the ‘Consortium of Chianti Classico’, for example, celebrated ‘Three Hundred Years’ of wine history, on the basis of the legal decree announced by Cosimo III in 1716. This does not mean that the Consortium of Chianti Classico has existed for three hundred years but rather that it embraces the historical area of the Lega del Chianti.