The Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC Capezzana is a youthful version of the Carmignano, as the fruit is sourced from slightly younger vines in the same vineyards. Fermentation lasted seven days in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks followed by a seven day maceration. The wine was matured in 24 hectolitre Allier oak barrels for 6-8 months before bottling, followed by a further three months in bottle prior to release.
The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Capezzana vineyards situated at approximately 150-200 metres above sea level, facing south, south-east and south-west. Soils here are clay schist (Galestro rock) and limestone (Alberese rock) which give Barco Reale a lovely freshness.
Capezzana, situated in the Carmignano zone to the west of Florence, is owned and run by the Contini Bonacossi family, the latest in a long line of owners. In fact, in the archives in Florence, they discovered a contract for the rent of vines and olive groves at Capezzana signed in 804 AD. Today, the responsibility for ensuring the continuation of such longevity lies with the fourth generation of the Contini Bonacossi family, with Beatrice looking after all marketing and communication aspects and her sister Benedetta in charge of winemaking. Franco Bernabei is their consultant winemaker, and his contribution and presence has given the wines additional focus and personality. The estate has 80 hectares of vineyard and 30,000 olive trees, all of which are farmed organically (the wines are certified organic from the 2015 vintage onwards).