Carmignano is an Italian wine region located in the Tuscany region and centered around the city of Carmignano, it is situated about 10 miles (16 kilometers) Northwest of Florence. Since the middle ages Carmignano has been noted for the high quality wines produced there.
In 1716, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de' Medici gave legal protection to wines produced in Carmignano, these laws prohibited other region from using the name “Carmignano” for their wines. The Carmignano region gained its DOC status in 1975, then its DOCG status in 1990.
Under the DOCG, for the wine to carry the Carmignano label it must contain the following grapes and percentages: Sangiovese min 50%, Canaiolo Nero max 20%, either/or Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from 10 - 20%, max 10% Trebbiano and/or Malvasia Bianca and finally a max 10% of other authorized red grape varieties. It must be aged for a minimum of 12 months in oak barrels and have a minimum alcohol content of
Wine has been produced in the Carmignano region since Roman times. The region gained recognition in the middle ages and became well known for the quality of it wines produced there. In 1716 Carmignano was given legal protection by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de' Medici. These new laws put strict sales and production standards on wines produced in the area, and also prohibited other region from using the name “Carmignano” for their wines. The reputation of the region continued to grow, with Queen Anne of Great Britain developing a taste for the wines produced there.
For a short period, in the late 1960's of time Carmignano was absorbed into the Chianti title. Carmignano winegrowers were understandably unhappy about this and after much campaigning, they were granted there own independent DOC in 1975. In October 1990 the Carmignano region was promoted to full DOCG status.
The Carmignano DOCG is one of the smallest in Tuscany, with only 20 wine producing farms, and 100 hectares of land for vines. The area is located on a series of low lying hills at altitudes between 160 and 650 feet above sea level. The soils in the area are lime rich, and free draining, which makes them particularly suitable for the growing of the Sangiovese grape. The area in growing season has hot days and cool nights.
Carmignano wines tend to be medium bodied with the Cabernet portion of the blend giving the wines some chocolate notes to the fruit. They can exhibit Oak and spicy flavors and some even have strawberry characteristics.
Carmignano pairs nicely with roasted white meats, for example a turkey, or roasted or grilled red meats or game. It also ages nicely, and with time will go well with moderately aged cheese.