The red wine in Carmignano is celebrated throughout the regions, with the first reference to its quality by Prato merchant Francesco Datini who paid four times the going rate for its excellence. It took notice later by Medici Dukes and has become a mainstay ever since, something you can notice by the time you get hungry enough to stop at any local trattoria.
Nowadays Carmignano lists a DOCG and even four DOC varieties. The most renowned and loved wines in the territories is the Carmignano DOCG (a special blend of Sangiovese grosso and Cabernet Sauvignon) and the Barco Reale DOC, both pair nicely with rich, meaty stews such as the Tuscan peposo. Also, not to be missed is the fresh rosé Vin Ruspo DOC and the amber, sweet wine Vin Santo DOC (to go with those delicious amaretti!).
There is a wonderful Museum of Grapes and Wine located in the former Niccolini wine cellars in the heart of town worth stopping in that explores the territory’s famous wine production as well as the history of the communities that have lived in the village for centuries and a rural civilization that has long disappeared. If you have a little more time, make sure to arrange a visit at one of the local wineries.