Villa di Capezzana estate

Among the oldest wine estates in Tuscany, Capezzana has been producing wine in Carmignano since 804 A.D. The Capezzana portfolio includes beautifully crafted still red, white, and sweet wines.

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country
Italy
region
Tuscany
appellation
Carmignano
established date
804
website
Social Media

Overview

Wine jars and tasting cups found in Etruscan tombs dating to approximately 1,000 BC show that vines have been cultivated in Carmignano since Pre Roman times. More specifically, a parchment rent contract conserved in the Florence State Archives, dated 804, reveals that vines and olives were cultivated at Capezzana for the production of oil and wine as early as 1,200 years ago.

At the beginning of the Twentieth century, Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi returned to Italy from Spain with his wife Vittoria and two children Augusto Alessandro and Vittorina. While in Spain he was highly successful in the antique trade and began what was to become one of the largest private collections of paintings, furniture, ceramics and statues.

After the war and with a University degree in farm management, son Ugo joined his father in reconstructing the winemaking business at Capezzana and gradually took over. From the very start he was a firm believer in the quality of the wines produced in this region and set out to improve his wines at a time when the majority of producers still sold their wines by weight.

Today, Capezzana is run by Ugo’s children; Benedetta, Beatrice, Vittorio and Filippo with his grandchildren Serena, Leone and Gaddo.

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country
Italy
region
Tuscany
appellation
Carmignano
established date
804
website
Social Media

THE ESTATE

The Tenuta Capezzana estate is divided into three parts and incorporates more than 120 métayage farms, producing high quality wine and oil. Today, Capezzana is in the almost unique position of having bottles dating back to the 1925 vintage.

Capezzana is situated in northern Tuscany, in the commune of Carmignano in the province of Prato, 20 km from Florence, on the slopes of Monte Albano and close to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. The location describes the uniqueness of its climate, the altitude (approximately 200 m above sea level) is such that daytime temperatures in the summer are high, where as nights are cool, due to the winds off the Apennines. These conditions ensure healthy maturation of the grapes, which are generally one to two weeks ahead of other Tuscan wine-growing regions.

The Tenuta Capezzana estate comprises 670 hectares, of which approximately 100 are vineyards and 140 olive groves. The estate is home to a Renaissance Villa with adjacent farm, historic cellars beneath this complex (which date to the 16th century), a modern olive mill and a huge “Vinsantaia” (where Vin Santo grapes are dried), above the cellar. The “Tinaia” (fermentation cellar), was built in 1938 by architect, Giovanni Michelucci.