After forming a partnership based on mutual winemaking philosophies, Marchesi Antinori and Chateau Ste. Michelle introduced Col Solare, Italian for “shining hill,” with the 1995 vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon was established as the dominant varietal, and the partners worked closely to forge their two distinct grape-growing and winemaking cultures into Col Solare's powerful yet silky style.
After spending several years determining the best location to build a winery properly scaled and singularly focused on Col Solare in order to best achieve the wine's quality potential, Chateau Ste. Michelle President and CEO Ted Baseler and Antinori discovered a site on Red Mountain, where today Col Solare's winery and estate vineyard reflect the old- and modern-world aesthetics and traditions of the two partners.