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Tenuta Di Capezzana
April 22, 2018



carmignanobackTHE ANCESTORS OF SUPER TUSCAN WINES IN CARMIGNANO: TENUTA DI CAPEZZANA

Sunday, April 22

Cost: 80€

This activity provides students with the opportunity to learn about one of the most ancient Italian wines and forefathers of the world-known Supertuscans. This term, which became popular about 35 years ago, describes wines made in Tuscany by blending Sangiovese (the traditional grapes of Tuscany) with Bordeaux grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In the town of Carmignano, Cabernet has been grown for 500 years. It was Catherine de’ Medici – wife to the French King Henry II – who brought the variety from France in the 16th century and planted it in the area. It was, and still is, referred to as Uva Francesca (i.e., “the French grape”). In the early 1700s, the Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici established the area of Carmignano as a nursery for grape varieties, which included the planting of the internationally renowned Cabernet Sauvignon imported from France. He also issued a decree controlling the wine's production standards and sales, a sort of precursor to the present-day DOC and DOCG regulation.
Carmignano DOCG is still today one of the smallest DOCG of Tuscany, but also one of the most interesting. In 1975 when it received DOC status it became the first area sanctioned for blending Cabernet with Sangiovese. The Italian wine authorities recognized Carmignano’s stature by granting it DOCG status in 1990.

Tenuta di Capezzana
Vines have been cultivated in the area of Carmignano dating back to the pre-Roman era, about 3000 years ago, as demonstrated by the wine jars and tasting cups found in Etruscan tombs. In the state archives of Florence, a parchment dated 804 AD shows that in Capezzana vines and olives were already being cultivated for the production of oil and wine.
In the early Renaissance, Monna Nera Bonaccorsi built the first 'Nobleman's house' and nine farm houses with cellars. Other generations and families followed on the estate property, among these the Biscotti, related to the Medici family, and the Marchesi Bourbon del Monte. The company passed to Adimari Morelli and then to Franchetti and Rothschild, the widow Sara de Rothschild, and finally, to the Contini Bonacossi in 1920.

Itinerary:

Departure from Florence by private bus. First stop is a visit of the ancient town of Carmignano to admire its historical beauties and the amazing landscape of this hilly region in the heart of Tuscany. Transfer to to Tenuta di Capezzana, historical wine producers of Carmignano DOCG, who also manage an “agriturismo” and a restaurant. Focus will be placed on learning how wine production and hospitality can be managed in a modern way, yet following in the path of tradition.

The activity includes:

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Guided visit of the town of Carmignano
  • Visit to a wine producer with tasting of wine and local products
  • Field Learning staff on-site
  • Insurance
The activity does not include:
Whatever is not listed in the 'included' paragraph

Learning Outcomes
  • Assess the role of wine in Italian history and culture.
  • Evaluate the “Renaissance” quality wine in Tuscany over the last decades.
  • List the Italian official wine classification.
  • Evaluate the evolution of tourism and hospitality in Tuscany.
Payment deadline:
Thu, April 19

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