Join Decanter for a very special virtual masterclass exploring the wines of the critically acclaimed Super Tuscan Ornellaia.

Ornellaia estate director Axel Heinz will be joined by Decanter’s Monty Waldin to present four very special vintages spanning three decades. 
The tasting will begin with the elegant Poggio alle Gazze dell'Ornellaia bianco and will then explore two vintages of the estate’s renowned second wine, Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia before finishing with an extraordinary tasting of the flagship cuvée Ornellaia with vintages going back to 1999.

This will be an unmissable masterclass underlining the ageing capacity of these wines along with the elegance that characterises them. 

Truly a meeting of harmony, symmetry and elegance.

Date: Saturday 27 March 2021
Time: 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
Hosts: Axel Heinz (Ornellaia) & Monty Waldin (Decanter)
Ticket types and price: £215 (including wine samples - UK only), £10 (link only - wines samples not included)

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  • Poggio alle Gazze dell’ Ornellaia 2018
  • Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia 2018
  • Le Serre Nuove dell’ Ornellaia 2013
  • Ornellaia 2018
  • Ornellaia 2013
  • Ornellaia 2007
  • Ornellaia 1999

Ornellaia: the name alone conjures the idea of excellence, prestige and uniqueness.

Behind the label, Ornellaia is a detail-oriented project made up of land destined for winemaking, with meticulous care given to the precious vines climbing the hillside.

Together, these elements magically interpret the climate of the Tuscan coast, its vital breezes off the Mediterranean Sea and its clear, intense light. 

Owned by the Frescobaldi family, Ornellaia is now approaching its 40th anniversary. In this relatively short time span, Ornellaia has contributed greatly to the prestige of the Bolgheri area with its 115 hectares under vine.

Bolgheri itself is relatively new as a winemaking area: a unique enclave tucked between the sea and the protective hillside, no more than ten kilometres away, that serves to block colder winds from inland. A breathtaking avenue lined by towering cypress trees leads inland from the old Roman coastal road, up to the walls of Bolgheri's medieval hamlet, with its views stretching far out to sea. The landscape of low hills is dotted with ancient olive groves and vineyards, surrounded by hectares of dense woodlands and typical Mediterranean maritime vegetation.

The grapes that find their home at Ornellaia are almost entirely native to Bordeaux, from both Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc to Merlot and Petit Verdot. But the structure, balance, freshness and intensity of the wines that they beget speak a language that is purely Tuscan.

At the foundation of Ornellaia is a detailed project with a clear goal: that of producing wines of exceptional quality, worthy of the pantheon of international oenology. Wines that move and elicit the multi-faceted stories of this land so perfectly destined for viticulture. 

But weather, land and vine, of course, is not enough: this ideal combination blossoms under the passionate and purposeful endeavours of men and women whose task is to choose the most appropriate vines for each parcel of land and accompany them through the seasons, addressing their needs with the correct agricultural response and, once the grapes arrive in the cellar, raise techniques of vinification and ageing to perfection.

Masterclass Hosts

Axel Heinz

Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Axel moved to Bordeaux after high school to begin his wine studies starting with his diploma in viticulture oenologie from the Lycée d'Enseignement Général et Technologique Agricole (LEGTA).

He soon gained his first winemaking experience at Château La Tour Carnet before completing his Masters in Agronomy from the Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs des Travaux Agricoles and the Enological School of Bordeaux.

The following year Axel took the position of enologist at Château Fourcas Loubaney, Château la Dominique Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé and Château la Commanderie de Mazeyres Pomerol, a post he held until 2004. 

In January 2005 Axel joined Ornellaia as winemaker and since 2015 has been the estate director for both Ornellaia and Masseto estates.

Monty Waldin

Monty Waldin is an author and broadcaster specialising in organic and biodynamic wines, and the wines of Tuscany where he is based with his Italian family. 

Experiences working in prestigious estates across Bordeaux, Chile, Roussillon, California and Germany, whether conventional, organic or biodynamic, has informed his world view that economic and environmental sustainability are prerequisites for wine quality in the long term. 

As well as writing regularly for Decanter, Monty contributes the entries on organics, biodynamics and sustainability for the Oxford Companion to Wine. 

Monty is also the Regional Chair for Tuscany at the Decanter World Wine Awards.