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Vernaccia from San Gimignano has a long history, and since the Renaissance period has been considered one of Italy’s oldest and most noble wines. Its fame has no doubt been strongly connected to its region of origin, San Gimignano – an ancient Tuscan town famed for its medieval towers.
The Vernaccia wine grape is mentioned as early as 1276 in San Gimignano’s records and in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Its name is thought to originate from the word vernaculum, which means ‘of the place’ and is the etymological root of the English word ‘vernacular’. As might be expected, in light of this fact, there are several grape varieties known as ‘Vernaccia’, which just happened to be the local grape variety used in their respective regions. Although there are several other Vernaccias in the country, such as in Marche and Sardinia, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is unique to this area in Tuscany. It was a wine considered to be fit for a king; Pope Martin IV was said to be especially partial to eels cooked in Vernaccia.
Appelation: Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG
Tasting Notes:Color: Straw yellow with golden nuances. Bouquet: delicate and fresh with hints of apple and fresh flowers. Palate: dry and structured. The balanced acidity is noteworthy. Pairs well with appetizers, fish and shellfish, white meat, and carpaccio
Vinyard Notes:Production Area: Loc. Racciano, San Gimignano. Vineyard: 1300ft. asl. Planting System: Spurred cordon. Soil: rich in sand and organic material with medium calcareous content. Harvest: by hand which usually begins the last week of September. The best bunches are carefully selected directly in the vineyard and immediately delivered to production.
Winemaking Notes:Fermentation: after a short maceration with the skins, the temperature controlled fermentation takes place in steel tanks.
Type: White, dry
Varietal: 100% Vernaccia