The Capezzana estate, 24 kilometres north west of Florence, is owned by the Contini Bonacossi family. The younger generation is now firmly in charge of the estate's 100 hectares of vineyard, with daughter Benedetta Contini Bonacossi as winemaker. The wines and the olive oil have an elegance which marks this estate out from the crowd.
The grapes for this wine are grown on the estate's 104 hectares of vineyard which are situated at approximately 150-200 metres above sea level, facing south, south-east and south-west. Soils are schistous clay with limestone.
Earlier ripening, lower lying Tuscan vineyards suffered from the wet spring and summer in 2014. At the beginning of September, there was widespread pessimism among growers. Fortunately, an Indian summer led to one nice week after another. The resulting wines have lovely aromatics and excellent colour and acid.
Barco Reale is a younger version of the Carmignano from Capezzana, as the fruit is sourced from slightly younger vines in the same vineyards. Fermentation lasted 7 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Maceration took place in stainless steel tanks and lasted for seven days. The wine was matured in 25hl Allier oak barrels for 12 months before bottling, followed by three months in bottle before release.