Based in Carmignano, Pratesi is a small, family-owned estate of about 50 acres that began bottling and selling its wine in 1983. In 1997, Fabrizio Pratesi took over the winery and shortly thereafter modified its production philosophy under the guidance of Stefano Chioccioli, a well-known consulting oenologist and agronomist. Together they decided to plant new vineyards at a greater density of 4,200 vines per acre, enabling them to dramatically reduce the yields and boost the flavor concentration in the grapes. Since the Renaissance, Carmignano has had a reputation for producing excellent wines and today Pratesi produces rich, flavorful, elegant wines that carry on this tradition.
Location of Vineyard
Located in Carmignano, a small town in the province of Prato to the northwest of Florence, Pratesi is one of 10 producers in the area. Despite the small size of the production area, the family is able to make the most of the 50 acres under vine by planting at an extremely high density — more than 10,000 vines per hectare.
For many years, Pratesi focused exclusively on the production of the Carmignano DOCG. For centuries this wine has been made blending Sangiovese and Cabernet, unusual among Sangiovese-based Tuscan wines.