The 1930’s saw changes in the wine industry, highlighted by the return t.o the use of the name Carmignano The Medici family’s old version of the D.O.C. was incorporated into the D.O.C. of the new Chianti Montalbano. Count Ugo Contini Bonacossi according to Cianchi Poggiolo (the mayor and chief engineer of Cappezzana) was the main influence behind the changes which occurred and set the foundations for the successful wine production which can be seen today. In 1975 he was the first producer to receive the acclamation of D.O.C. which was actually given retrospectively from the 1969 harvest.
This acclamation was further fortified in 1990 when the D.O.C.G. was awarded, again retrospectively dating from the 1988 harvest.
It must be appreciated that this is more than the historical recognition of quality wine production. Carmignano is home to some esquisite grape varieties which are hard to find in the rest of Tuscany. Therefore the wine produced in Carmignano with its coveted flavours is very different from other Chianti wines.
The Cabernet grape has grown on the sun drenched hills of Carmignano for over five centuries. It has been discovered that they were first planted on the request of Catherine de Medici the then Queen of France in the sixteenth century. The grape was named “Grape Francesca,” a clear diversion from the French “Cabernet,” from which this grape derives.