Antinori first purchased land on the Tenuta Braccesca estate back in 1990. The land is a few kilometres from Montepulciano in south-east Tuscany, near the border with Umbria. The surface area of about 379 hectares is divided into two parts: the main part of 264 hectares (of which 151 are at present planted with vineyards) is between the towns of Montepulciano and Cortona. The second, 86 hectares almost entirely planted with vineyards, is situated between three of the best-known subzones for the production of great red Montepulciano wines: Cervognano, Gracciano and Santa Pia. The La Braccesca estate covers a total of 237 hectares. Since the early Nineties new vineyards have been planted as the basis for making great wines. Classic varieties have been planted, like Prugnolo Gentile (a local variety of Sangiovese) and Canaiolo Nero, as well as non-native varieties like Merlot and Syrah, which have found an ideal environment in the foothills of Cortona.