Carmignano jewels: meet (in person!!!) Fabrizio Pratesi

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Carmignano jewels: meet (in person!!!) Fabrizio Pratesi, the man behind the magic – October Thursday 18th at Alessi.

Carmignano wine: made in Tuscany, made in Florence (and Prato…)

The Carmignano area is the home of ‘Barco Reale di Carmignano’ and ‘Carmignano’ wines. Both are produced by the Pratesi estate and they are the protagonists of the next #tastingalessi event – the tasting session on next October 18th.

Fabrizio will tell us the stories and history of the Carmignano terroir, and will lead the tasting session. Meanwhile, let’s discover more about ‘Barco Reale di Carmignano’ and ‘Carmignano’!

Barco Reale di Carmignano – Pratesi

Barco Reale di Carmignano: from the Medicis to Alessi…

‘Barco Reale di Carmignano’ is a DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata, controlled designation of origin) wine from the Carmignano area, now part of the Prato province.

The wine is named the hunting estate ‘Barco Reale Mediceo’ – Royal hunting Park, created by the Medici family in XVI Century. The estate started the production of wine in 1716.

The Barco Reale had since its very beginning a strict protocol for production, to guarantee its quality and purity: that makes Barco Reale the very first “modern” wine.

The main traits of Barco Reale di Carmignano

  • colour: bright ruby red
  • nose: intensely winy
  • mouth: dry, fresh, sapid, full harmonious

Carmignano – Pratesi

A lot of history also fo the Carmignano wine: the wine production in the area dates to the Etruscans, while the first document about wine (and oil) production in the area dates to 804AD.

The production protocol is again very strict: vineyard have of course to be in the “DOCG” (guaranteed controlled designation of origin).

The allowed vines are:

  • Sangiovese: minimum 50%;
  • Canaiolo nero (black): maximum 20%;
  • Cabernet Franc and / or Cabernet Sauvignon: maximum 10-20%;
  • Trebbiano toscano, and / or Canaiolo bianco (white), and / or Chianti Malvasia: maximum 10%;
  • Other Tuscan red grapes vines: maximum 10%.

The main traits of Carmignano

  • colour: bright ruby red, darker with aging
  • nose: intensely winy, notes of violet
  • mouth: dry, fresh, sapid, full, harmonious, velvety

The Pratesi Estate

The Fabrizio Pratesi estate product are wine and extra virgin olive oil, now for five generations. In 1875 Pietro Pratesi bought the Lolocco estate, at the heart of the Carmignano area.

#tastingalessi: Pratesi at Alessi

Thursday October 18th, 2018 – from 5pm to 8 pm.

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