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Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine

Vernaccia di San Gimignano stands out among the top wines of Tuscany, being the region's only white wine to have reached the lofty heights of DOCG status. Long before its DOCG promotion (in 1993) its renown was well established; it was among the very first wines officially classified when Italy introduced the DOC system in 1966.

The Tuscan towers of San Gimignano

Vernaccia-based wine 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 Marches 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.

Despite its prominence, Vernaccia di San Gimignano does not seem to be as internationally renowned as many other prestigious Italian wines, particularly the limelight-grabbing reds. Nevertheless it is one of the most charismatic and distinctive Italian whites. It is recognized for its golden-hued color, powerful and full-bodied nature, heady floral bouquet, dry, crisp and persistent flavors, high levels of acidity and a characteristic bitter aftertaste. It also reflects its terroir, offering mineral characteristics of stone (particularly flint) from the sandstone soils where the grapes are grown.

DOCG rules stipulate that this white must be made from at least 90% Vernaccia and a maximum of 10% non-aromatic white grapes that are permitted in this region. It is also produced in three versions: tradizonale (made with extended maceration of the skins), fiore (from free-run must, the juice that runs from a press before it is turned on) and carato (barrel fermented). It is made with a potential alcohol of 11%, or 11.5% for a riserva. The riserva wine is made from the best grapes and must spend at least one year aging in the cellar, either in stainless steel or oak, as well as a further period of four months in bottle before release.

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We found 107 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Panizzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $15 11536
Casale Falchini Vigna a Solatio, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Italy Vernaccia $11 11708
Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $11 13030
Poggio Alloro Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $13 14426
Teruzzi & Puthod Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $10 15578
Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $13 16377
Sono Montenidoli Tradizionale, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Italy Malvasia - Trebbiano $18 17602
Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Italy Vernaccia $13 20529
Principe Strozzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $13 20780
Tenute Niccolai Palagetto Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $13 22008
Sono Montenidoli Fiore, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Italy Vernaccia $20 22108
Mormoraia Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $15 23491
San Quirico Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $13 28619
Sono Montenidoli Carato, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Italy Vernaccia $30 29316
Panizzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $28 30522
La Lastra Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $15 32232
Rocca delle Macie Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $11 34317
Baroncini Apollonia, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Italy Vernaccia $8 36623
Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi 'Titolato Strozzi', Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Italy Vernaccia $10 37530
Tenuta Le Calcinaie di Simone Santini Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $15 38727
Le Rote Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $16 40782
Geografico Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $10 43336
Cecchi Castello Montauto, Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Italy Vernaccia $13 48058
Poderi del Paradiso Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $10 48770
Cecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, Tuscany, Italy Vernaccia $11 49318
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