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DOCG area for red wine in the Italian region Tuscany, The vineyards are located at 250 to 400 meters above sea level in the two municipalities of Carmignano and Poggio a Caiano on the northern slopes of Monte Albano on the north bank of the Arno in the province of Prato, 15 kilometers northwest of Florence. A red wine from this area was already famous in the 14th century and was praised as "foaming Carmignano" or one of the most prestigious and expensive in Florence. By the Grand Duke Cosimo III. (1642-1723) from the sex of the Medici this wine received legal status in 1716 and was one of the first wines in Italy and Europe to be protected Origin designation with defined limits. At that time it was regularly delivered to the English royal family in London. Already in the 18th century, the Cabernet Sauvignon (here called Uva Francesca) was imported from France. In 1975 the first DOC area in Tuscany was opened here (long before the Chianti ) the use of Cabernet Sauvignon is officially approved. In 1990 (retrospectively from 1988) he received the DOCG classification.
The wine is made from the varieties Sangiovese (50%), Canaiolo Nero (max. 20%), Cabernet Sauvignon and or Cabernet Franc (10-20%), the white varieties Trebbiano Toscano and / or Canaiolo Bianco Drupeggio and / or Malvasia del Chianti Malvasia Bianca Lunga (max. 10%), as well as other approved red varieties (max. 10%) blended. The minimum alcohol content is 12.5% vol, the minimum aging is prescribed 20 months, of which eight months in wooden barrels. With three years of storage (one in wooden barrels) he is allowed to Riserva call. The significant characteristic of the garnet-red, velvety wine is an intense almond aroma. It only unfolds after a few years and can be stored for up to 20 years. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, can Vigna followed by the location name. There is the DOC area for rosé and red wines Barco Reale di Carmignano and for Vin Santo the DOC area Vin Santo di Carmignano,