Carmignano DOCG is one of the still red wine lesser-known appellation from the famous Tuscany wine region of central Italy. The wine region is centred on the city of Carmignano, about 16 kilometres northwest of Florence.
Carmignano DOCG wine has been known since the Etruscan times, and mentioned, for its fundamental importance. As early as the 1300s, Pietro Domenico Bartoloni, a chronicler, stated that the “wines of Carmignano and Artimino are excellent”. Ricci in the “Historical Memoirs of Carmignano”, 1895, reports that Ser Lapo Mazzei bought on December 8, 1396, on behalf of Marco Datini, 15 barrels of Carmignano wine at the price of “a seal florin” the soma (a price equal to about four times that of the most highly rated wines at that time). Redi (1673), in his famous dithyramb, speaks in very flattering terms about the “Carmignano”.
The Carmignano wine was very well known even outside the Tuscan borders, so much so that in 1716 the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de Medici issued a proclamation to clearly and unequivocally set the boundaries of the production area of the “Carmignano wine ” together with those of three other wines. Numerous other testimonies, subsequent to the Grand Ducal announcement, confirm the recognition of particular characteristics to this wine and such as to clearly distinguish it from other renowned wines produced in the various areas of Tuscany.
The Carmignano DOCG wine obtained the recognition of the Controlled Designation of Origin on 28, April 1975 and DOCG on October 20, 1990.
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Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
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