“We try to work following the philosophy of respect: respect for the land, a precious and non-reproducible asset, respect for the plants we cultivate, vines and olive trees, respect for those who work for Capezzana, respect for those consumers who choose Capezzana.” – Filippo Contini Bonacossi
Carmignano is a small and historic appellation in Prato located slightly northwest of Florence. Winemaking in the region dates back to the pre-Roman era, about 3000 years ago, as evidenced by the wine jars and tasting cups found in Etruscan tombs. Capezzana is a historic estate in Carmignano that boasts a long and noble history in winemaking and olive oil production that goes as far back as 1200 years. They are a family-owned boutique winery with elegant and exceptional wines.
History Of Capezzana
Old historic documents found in the state archives of Florence that date back to 804, show a rental contract that documents that Capezzana was cultivating olive trees and vines for the production of olive oil and wines going back 1200 years.
Over the centuries, the estate passed through several families. Several noble families took charge running the property: the Cantucci, related to the Medici, the Bourbon del Monte Marquises, Adimari Morelli, the Franchetti Rothschilds, by the widow Sara de Rothschild, and then to the present day, Contini Bonacossi.
The Contini Bonacossi Family
The Contini Bonacossi family are a highly regarded aristocratic family in Carmignano, producing wine at Capezzana since the 1920’s. Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi purchased the sprawling property and later the family added “Il Poggetto” and “Trefiano”. Alessandro wanted to produce the highest quality wines in Carmignano and had a great desire to age and preserve his wines. So that today the Capezzana has incredible historic vintages going back to 1925 in their cellars.
In 1945 Ugo Contini Bonacossi joined Alessandro with a vision to grow and transform Capezzana into a modern estate. Ugo encouraged the family to be a part of the business and today Capezzana is run by the fourth and fifth generation. Beatrice is the sales manager, Benedetta is the winemaker and brother Filippo, who is responsible for the production of oil and their finances. Continuing the family tradition, today the fifth generation is also involved in the winery.
Respect For The Land & People
Filippo Contini Bonacossi says,” We try to work following the philosophy of respect: respect for the land, a precious and non-reproducible asset, respect for the plants we cultivate, vines and olive trees, respect for those who work for Capezzana, respect for those consumers who choose Capezzana”.
This is why they have been cultivating and producing organic products for several years now. The vinification is carried out by indigenous yeasts, which most characterize the typicality of their wines. For the different winemaking techniques, a lot depends on the vintage which now have very great differences. Filippo further states that “We control the fermentation temperature in red wines around 30 degrees centigrade, the macerations vary from 2 to 4 weeks depending on the thickness of the skin and the type of wine we want to have. But we always pay close attention to detail and work with great passion.” This passion and precision are clearly evident in the Capezzana wines, whether it is their entry-level Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano or their Trefiano, which is produced only in the best vintages.
Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC 2016 (Retail – $17)
This may be their entry-level wine but it is rich and elegant. Made from organically grown grapes this is the younger version of their DOCG wine. The wine is named after the historic Medici property known as “Barco Reale” – meaning Royal Property – which was established in 1626. It is a unique blend of Sangiovese 75%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Canaiolo 5%, Cabernet Franc 5%. There are notes of dark cherry, licorice and spice with firm tannins. Beautiful supple fruit and harmonious balance make this an exceptional wine.
Villa di Capezzana Carmignano DOCG 2016 (Retail – $36)
Villa di Capezzana is the flagship wine that represents the true essence of Carmignano. The family has been producing this wine since 1925. With a blend of 80% from Sangiovese and 20% from Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is fresh and elegant with a medium body and notes of dark fruit, tobacco and spice. Smooth tannins and beautiful acidity on the palate keep you coming back for more. The wine is harmoniously well balanced and will continue to evolve gracefully in the bottle.
Capezzana Trefiano Carmignano Riserva DOCG 2013 (Retail – $58)
The Trefiano is only produced in the best vintages with grapes from their single vineyards estate that surrounds the historic Villa di Trefinao. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Canaiolo are at the base of this 2013 Riserva. This is a solid wine with fruits, spice and tobacco that linger on the palate. The wine is powerful, energetic and full of life yet maintains its elegance. It is a memorable wine that is a pure joy to taste.
Capezzana Ghiaie Della Furba 2012 (Retail – $60)
Ugo Conti Bonacossi created Ghiaie della Furba in 1979 from vineyards planted among the pebble (Ghiaie) rich soils of the Furba stream. Originally planted with clippings from the famed Chateau Lafite estate in Bordeaux. This delicious blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah and is made only in the best vintages. This is a beautifully rich lush wine with layers of intensity. Notes of plum, blackberries, tobacco and dark chocolate. Smooth tannins captivate the palate and the finish is silky long and memorable.
The wines of Capezzana are incredibly well made and are worth seeking out. Capezzana is a real Tuscan treasure. Since the beginning, they have been producing wines that are clean, organic and impactful.