Carmignano Wine Region Guide

Tuscany Unveiled: Savor the Secrets of Carmignano


Last updated: May 4, 2024


Italy’s most iconic—and internationally renowned—region has two sides. The cities and landscapes best known to visitors, such as Florence, Siena, the rolling hills of Chianti Classico, and the impossibly cute villages of Cortona, Lucca, and Pienza, represent one aspect. Meanwhile, the wines of Brunello, Bolgheri, and Montepulciano are as famous in wine circles as the Leaning Tower of Pisa or Rome’s Colosseum. There is little to be said that has not been covered before.

Yet, not everything about Tuscany is predictable or instantly familiar. The vineyards of Carmignano, for example, remain a closely guarded secret that even most Italians are unaware of. Situated 12 kilometers to the northwest of Florence, the region competes with Montecucco for the title of central Italy’s most obscure appellation; the wines were marketed as Chianti Montalbano until the 1970s, bottled in the signature straw baskets known as fiaschi. However, after years of campaigning by local growers, Carmignano was awarded its own DOC in 1975. Further promotion to DOCG status in 1990 was richly deserved: these velvety Sangiovese-based reds offer an exciting alternative to Chianti Classico while prices remain stable overall.

Historical documentation suggests that viticulture has been part of the local economy since at least the 14th century. However, the Etruscans probably cultivated the first vines in the pre-Roman era. Suffice it to say, fame and fortune have yet to grace this very recherché corner of central Tuscany. From our perspective, Carmignano is all the more worthy of serious investigation!


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