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Few wineries in the world possess the stature, respect and devotion that the Contini Bonacossi family has cultivated and maintained over five generations with their Tenuta di Capezzana winery. The estate is located 12 miles west of Florence in the Carmignano sub-zone, one of the oldest recognized wine producing areas in Tuscany. Ancient Etruscan artifacts have shown that grapevines were cultivated in the area for wine production over 3,000 years ago. The first reference to Capezzana dates to 804 A.D.  An ancient parchment stored at the Florentine state archives shows the granting of a lease of vineyards and olive groves for the cultivation of wine and olive oil to a place called Capezzana.

Over the centuries, the estate passed through several families. But the story of today’s Capezzana started when the Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi and his family returned to Italy after living in Spain and purchased the estate from Raimondo Franchetti’s widow, Sara de Rothschild, in 1920.  Not content with this original holding, Count Alessandro acquired the two neighboring farms, “The Poggetto” and “Trefiano,” dividing the property into three distinct estates with more than 120 poderi. The winery was dedicated to the production of high-quality wine and olive oil with the first vintage of Villa di Capezzana in 1925. 

Augusto, Alessandro’s son, took over the management of the estate and in 1945, his son, Ugo, joined him. Ugo had completed a degree in Agriculture before heading to the War, and he was devoted to increasing the quality of the family’s wines – a notable endeavor during a time when most producers were still selling their grapes by weight. It was Ugo’s vision that gradually moved the estate away from sharecropping towards a modern-day winery. 

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WINERY LOCATION: TUSCANY
REGION: Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC, Carmignano DOCG, Toscana IGT
VINEYARD LAND: 197 acres (80 ha) Estate: 670 acres (271 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Certified Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Canaiolo, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Trebbiano, San Colombano
WINE STYLES: Dry red still, Dry Rosato, Sweet still
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 400,000 - 450,000 bottles per year
YEAR FOUNDED: 804
OWNER(S): Contini Bonacossi Family
WINEMAKER(S): Benedetta Contini Bonacossi

WINES

TENUTA DI CAPEZZANA TREBBIANO BIANCO DI TOSCANA IGT

The Trebbiano grape, also known as Ugni Blanc in France, has a long history in Tuscany. Known for its high acidity and neutral flavor profile; it a versatile grape for producing a wide range of wine styles, from crisp white wines to dessert wines. Capezzana produced its first 100% Trebbiano wine, with the 2020 vintage, using high-quality cultivation techniques and mass selection of grapes. The wine spends six months in barrique and tonneaux followed by and additional six month maturing in the bottle. This is a complex wine, that is released in late Spring, and produced in very limited quantities.

TENUTA DI CAPEZZANA BARCO REALE DI CARMIGNANO DOC

Named after the historic Medici property known as "Barco Reale" - meaning Royal Property - which was established in 1626. Today Sangiovese, Cabernet and Canaiolo grow in this ancient area that was a hunting preserve surrounded by walls over 30 miles long.  Barco Reale is a younger version of Carmignano that received DOC status in 1994.

TENUTA DI CAPEZZANA VILLA DI CAPEZZANA DI CARMIGNANO DOCG

With vintages dating back to 1925 in their cellar, Villa di Capezzana is the flagship wine of the Tenuta di Capezzana estate and representative of Carmignano's greatest quality. Created as one of the very first protected wine-producing regions in Italy, the history of Carmignano dates back to 1716 when Cosimo III de' Medici granted the area special legal protections which prohibited other regions from using the name "Carmignano" for their wines.  

TENUTA DI CAPEZZANA TREFIANO CARMIGNANO DOCG RISERVA

Made in only the best vintages, the grapes for the Trefiano Carmignano Riserva come from five hectares of vineyards that surround the historic Villa di Trefiano located in the Carmignano DOCG.  Belonging to the Rucellai family, construction on the Villa was started in the 15th century.  The family lost favor with the Tuscan Grand Dukes shortly thereafter and were sent into exile and the Villa was never finished.  In the early 1920's the Conti Bonacossi family bought the Villa and finally completed its construction.

TENUTA DI CAPEZZANA GHIAIE DELLA FURBA TOSCANA IGT

In 1979 Ugo Conti Bonacossi created Ghiaie della Furba 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, the wine was made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot until the blend was changed in 1998 with the addition of Syrah.  The inclusion of Cabernet Franc was slowly discontinued and today the blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah and is made only in the best vintages.  

TENUTA DI CAPEZZANA UGO CONTI BONACOSSI TOSCANA IGT

Ugo Contini Bonacossi wine is a tribute to Count Ugo, the father of Carmignano. Sangiovese for the Viticciana vineyard, designed by Count Ugo himself. The wine spends 18 months in French oak barriques. 

TENUTA DI CAPEZZANA VIN SANTO DI CARMIGNANO DOC RISERVA

This exceptional dessert or ‘meditation’ wine is made from selected white grapes, mainly Trebbiano, which are dried for several months in the traditional manner on cane matting. The must is then fermented and matured for over six years in cherry wood, oak and chestnut kegs. The yield is very low: from 1/4 to 1/5 of the original weight of the grapes. Small production. 

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Carmignano, Prato, Tuscany

VINEYARD:
Carmignano, Tuscany

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16.5
DECEMBER 2022
Tenuta di Capezzana Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC 2020

Deep ruby. Black pepper, dark cherry and damson and a touch of wet forest floor with savoury, minerally touches and tobacco leaf. Old school and captivating. Tangy cherry with supple tannins. This is completely ready now, and you will catch it in the attractive phase it is in right now for the next two years, but it will age longer.

94
APRIL 2022
Tenuta di Capezzana Villa di Capezzana di Carmignano DOCG 2017

The Capezzana estate has been in the hands of the Conte Contini Bonacossi family over five generations (the ancient property was originally founded in 804).  The estate is located 12 miles west of Florence in the Carmignano sub-zone, one of the oldest recognized wine producing areas in Tuscany.  Ancient Etruscan artifacts show that grapevines were cultivated in the region over 3,000 years ago.  Villa de Capezzana is the estate’s flagship wine.  Crafted from 80% Sangiovese grapes and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is deliciously rich and appetizingly savory.  Its suggestions of citrus and mushroomy aromas lead to subtle mixed berry and cherry flavors backed by touches of earthiness and salinity.  The overall impression is one of both power and finesse.  The grapes were organically grown.  

93
DECEMBER 2022
Tenuta di Capezzana Vin Santo di Carmignano DOC Riserva 2013

This is rich and intense with dried persimmons, dried oranges, toffee caramel and milk chocolate.  Dense and waxy with a delicious sugary fruit character and a lingering floral and honeyed finish.  Drink or hold.

95
MAY 2023
Tenuta di Capezzana Villa di Capezzana di Carmignano DOCG 2013

This is the 10 Anni Library re-release of this vintage. This is maturing nicely, with ripe, sweet black currant, blackberry and black cherry core flavors accented by spice, leather, mineral and woodsy flavors. Complex, balanced and long, with an aftertaste echoing the fruit and savory elements. Drink now through 2037. From Italy.

93
OCTOBER 2022
Tenuta di Capezzana Villa di Capezzana di Carmignano DOCG 2013

A well-aged Carmignano that is holding up very well, with savory dried mushroom, rhubarb, blood orange and moss to the earthy plums and red-berry fruit. Fine austerity coming from the chewy, unresolved tannins make it attractive with juicy, savory berry fruit to the medium-bodied palate. Still tight and bright. Drink now or keep holding for a few years.

93
APRIL 2021
Tenuta di Capezzana Trefiano Carmignano DOCG Riserva 2015

The 2015 Carmignano Riserva Trefiano is a dense, powerful wine. It offers tons of richness in a more overt style than the straight Carmignano. Black cherry, spice, leather, licorice and mocha give the Riserva its plush contours and exuberant feel. I prefer the straight bottling for its greater purity of fruit, but the Trefiano is undoubtedly nicely crafted.

92
JUNE 2022
Tenuta di Capezzana Villa di Capezzana di Carmignano DOCG 2018

DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARD 2022 SILVER MEDAL.  Powerful and spicy with plenty of earthy dried herbal characters. Big with tannin-chew and a chocolate-driven finish.

94
MARCH 2024
Tenuta di Capezzana Ghiaie della Furba Toscana IGT 2020

The 2020 Ghiaie della Furba opens with a mentholated freshness, blending minty herbs, spiced orange peels and red currants. It envelops the palate in textures of pure silk, quickly gaining grip with a core of tart red berries and sour citrus as edgy tannins pinch at the cheeks. This finishes with admirable length, structure and concentration, leaving a pleasantly bitter tinge to linger as hints of cedar and a savory herbal thrust slowly fade. The 2020 needs time, and a lot of it.