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asheville areaTignanello was the first Sangiovese aged in barriques, the first red wine blended with untraditional varieties, and one of the first wines in the Chianti Classico region that did not use white grapes. Produced at The Tenuta Tignanello estate, Tignanello is one of a kind and uniquely made from a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. 

When you're traveling to North Carolina, you can find this rare wine available at Metro Wines, just a short distance from Haywood Hotel in downtown Asheville.

The History of Tignanello

Tignanello is exclusively produced from the Tignanello estate’s vineyard, a parcel of 140 acres with limestone-rich soils and a southwestern exposure at 1150-1325 feet above sea level. 

It was the first Sangiovese wine to be aged in small oak barrels, the first modern red wine to use non-traditional varieties like Cabernet in the blend, and one of the first Chianti Classico red wines to be produced without white grapes. 

The wine, originally known as "Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Tignanello,” was first produced in 1970, when the blend contained white grapes, and the wine was aged in small oak barrels. In 1971, this Tuscan red blend was changed from a traditional Chianti Classico to a blend of both Italian and classic French Bordeaux grapes.. 

The traditional addition  of a small amount of white grapes previously used in the blend were eliminated in the 1975 vintage. The current blend has been in use since 1982. 

Climate in Chianti Classico

The 2018 Chianti Classico growing season began with typical winter weather, both in terms of temperature and rainfall. Despite these climatic conditions, the vines started breaking bud a week before the seasonal average for this area. 

In August, the beginning of scattered rainfalls, followed by a dry, breezy wind in September and October, allowed the grapes to ripen to perfection, ensuring excellent sugar levels and polyphenolic maturity. Harvesting began at the end of September with Sangiovese and ended in mid-October with Cabernet.

Tasting Notes of the Tignanello 2018

Tignanello 2018 is a rich, intense ruby color when delicately poured into a wine glass. The wine produces notes of ripe red fruit, black cherries, sour cherries and exhibits sweet hints of vanilla, mint, and white pepper. 

Its palate is rich, heavy, though well-balanced. Whereas the tannins sustain an exceptional freshness that gives the wine length, refinement, and persistence of flavors.

Haywood Park Hotel in Asheville, NC 

The Haywood Park Hotel is a boutique gem conveniently located in the heart of downtown Asheville that pairs nicely with Tiganello wine. The upper-middle-range 33-room property is set in a 1920s classic revival style department store. While the rooms are large and bright, the style is uniquely curated to the time period. 

The hotel features two restaurants with outdoor seats, as well as free valet parking, complimentary champagne upon arrival, massage and skincare services, and turndown service with local chocolates. When you stay at the Haywood Park Hotel, you can experience: 

  • Historic building with an ideal location
  • Isa’s Bistro offing patio seating and excellent food
  • Atrium with four-story vaulted glass ceilings for event
  • The private dining area is a cozy, brick-lined cellar
  • Bright, spacious room with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs
  • Spacious fitness center 

The boutique hotel, which recently joined the Ascend Hotel Collection of Choice Hotels, will entice you to return again and again with its oversized rooms, exceptional guest service, and luxurious accommodations!

Finding Antinori Tignanello Wine Near the Haywood Hotel

When you stay at Haywood Park Hotel, you can explore Downtown Asheville to your heart’s content. Asheville has something for every type of traveler, with a diverse range of entertainment options, restaurants, shopping areas, and museums. 

The hotel is just a mile away from Metro Wines, where you can find Antinori Tignanello and other fantastic wines to pair with your stay. Shop in-store or online and enjoy delivery options in the Asheville area.