Carmignano, Toscana

Bacchereto is a beautiful and ancient farm (with agriturismo) set high in the wooded hills west of Prato.  It is owned and worked by Rossella Bencini, a talented and committed winemaker who has taken Carmignano to another level.

The land has been farmed biodynamically since 2001, which at that time was positively unfashionable and, even now, Rossella remains outside of the Consorzio for Carmignano.
She also does not have her farming methods certified as it is a way of life that she is committed to, and not a part of her marketing strategy.

The farm has 90 hectares of native woodland, 60 of olive groves and 8 of vineyard. All her land is worked with a minimum of intervention, no chemicals or pesticides. Their honey is irresistible and the olive oil superb. The wine production can reach twenty thousand bottles in a generous year.

These are wines to look out for, real insider stuff. The prices have gone up dramatically since we first imported them in 2003 but they remain excellent value.