The Carmignano DOCG is one of the great Tuscan red wines, even if one of the least known. Yet, it has an ancient history which few names, few denominations in the world can boast, fascinating anecdotes and many illustrious people who, over the centuries, have interwoven it with merit and praise.
The Carmignano is now one of the smallest Italian DOCG: it has about a dozen producers and an exiguous number of bottles on the market. In view of the great names of Tuscany, Carmignano is a wine that is yet to be fully discovered, even though in the past it had experienced periods of great fame and was highly appreciated by nobles, scholars and eminent persons. Just think that in 1716 Cosimo III de 'Medici issued the edict "On the Declaration of' boundaries of the four regions of Chianti, Pomino, Carmignano and Valdarno" which defined the boundaries of the production of this wine, and it established several marketing names, in order to protect it from counterfeiting and improper storage. And before that, already in 1396, Carmignano is mentioned in a document between the notary Ser Lapo Mazzei and the merchant of Prato Marco Datini: Mazzei tells Datini that he had ordered for his wine cellar “fifteen loads of Charmignano wine paying 16 lire a load ", a price four times higher than for other wines of the area.
The blend of Carmignano is the only one among the Tuscan DOCG which includes Cabernet Sauvignon (or Cabernet Franc) together with Sangiovese: it is said that the Cabernet was brought to this area in the sixteenth century by Catherine de 'Medici, Queen of France; in fact even today elderly people call it “francesca grapes", that is French. After an unfortunate period in which Carmignano was incorporated in the Chianti denomination as its sub-zone, starting from the 70s this wine had a come back, proudly making its way to become first a Doc and then from 1990, a Docg. It was finally clear that Chianti and Carmignano had to remain two distinct wines: the story had made them two blood brothers, but now each emerged with its own character and a strong personality.