Top 10 influential wine consultants10th December, 2013 by Gabriel Stone
5. Alberto Antonini
Clients: A 30-strong portfolio spread across Italy, the US, Canada, Armenia, Australia, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Although stressing he is “not very interested” in how his peers operate, this Tuscan consultant expresses a certain pride in his efforts to help clients “free their mind from the French recipe which has colonised the world in the last 40 years, when many producers have thought that the only way of making premium wines was using French grapes and the 225 litre barrels.”
It’s an approach that clearly resonates well with his clients. Concha y Toro winemaker Marcelo Papa says: “Without doubt he is one of our most interesting advisors who is not interested in chasing point scores or simply turning up. He is always seeking to create wines with character and a sense of place.”
Adding to Antonini’s influence is undoubtedly his double act of the last seven years with Chilean “terroirist” Pedro Parra, who is now involved in around half his projects around the world. “We complement each other very well,” sums up Antonini, who praises Parra’s ability to “understand the relationships between the terroir and the wine characteristics.”