Tuscany: Vernaccia di San Gimigniano DOCG

The sight of San Gimigniano’s many towers rising above the surrounding countryside is as arresting as the wine made there.  For 750 years, the wines of San Gimigniano have been produced with extensive skin contact and fermentation in large, old oak casks, giving Vernaccia di San Gimigniano DOCG a sherry-like oxidative quality and deep golden colour.

Some winemakers now use stainless steel and temperature-controlled fermentation for a (yawn) cleaner, fresher style  Montenidoli, instead, still follow the old-fashioned methods. Theirs is a wine which respects the roots of the town’s vinicultural style: the style which really put it on the map when it became the first ever Italian DOC in 1966. (It has been DOCG since 1996.)

Vernaccia di San Gimigniano is the name of both appellation and grape: records of its presence in the town date to 1276.  The blend must be at least 85%, though in practice most producers use 100%.

The soils of San Gimigniano are of marine origin.

Despite that characteristic sultry, oxidative note, traditional Vernaccia is a light and delicate wine, showing fruit and floral aromas, typically with a refreshing bitter note to the finish.

The timeless skyline of San Gimigniano and its surrounding countryside.

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