The territory

The production area of Carmignano DOCG is about forty square kilometres on the East side of the hill district of Montalbano, located between the towns of Florence, Prato and Pistoia, in the heart of Renaissance Tuscany. In this area is strong the influence of the Apennines that shows heavy temperature range especially during summer time; so viticulture develops in a particularly suitable place, the ground is perfectly drained and rich in limestone and microelements so allowing a rapid vegetative growth and a balance typical of valuable areas.

The fame of Carmignano wines undoubtedly goes hand in hand with the ancient history of this area: from the 13th century onwards, its reputation was such that the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de’ Medici, took a special pride in the area’s wines, and in 1716 ruled that the wine-growing area should have special legal protected status, essentially creating one of the world’s first appellations. However, Cosimo III did no more than codify a wine tradition that had already been in existence for centuries in this region; as a matter of fact Carmignano has always contained a significant amount of cabernet in its grape blend: it was Catherine de’ Medici who imported this grape variety to these hills when she became queen of France in the 16th century.