White grape variety: Vernaccia
No Italian wine can boast a history that dates back centuries like Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
At the end of the Thirteenth century, it appeared throughout Europe on the tables of kings, popes and wealthy merchants. In the Fourteenth century, it attained outstanding success not only on the tables of the ruling classes. The history of literature reports a growing number of fans: from Cecco Angiolieri to Dante, from Boccaccio to Franco Sacchetti, from Frenchmen Eustache Deschamps and Jean Froissart to Englishmen John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer
This crisp white wine made from the Vernaccia grapes is produced in San Gimignano and was the first Italian wine to attain DOC status in 1966. It was then awarded DOCG status in 1993.
Pale straw yellow coloured wine with golden highlights that become more evident with age. The perfume is fine and delicate, with fruity and floral scents when the wine is young. As it matures and ages, it develops the characteristic mineral scent of flint. It is a dry, harmonious and savoury flavoured wine.
While pleasant when young, it often surprises with its capacity for ageing, developing sensorial notes in the nose and mouth that are complex and mineral. It is no mere coincidence that it is one of very few white wines made also as a reserve.
The soil in which the grapes are cultivated is composed of many fossils and minerals which give it a somewhat bitter taste.
It pairs well with calamari grigliati (grilled calamari) and chicken scallopini.
VISIT THE VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO DOCG WINE EXPERIENCE
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Wine Experience – La Rocca is the municipal Centre for the documentation and tasting of Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine and local products.
The centre was created by Consorzio del Vino Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a consortium which brings together all winegrowers producing Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, the first Italian wine to obtain the Appellation of Origin in 1966, and it aims to safeguard and enhance the value of the local wine production.
The name of the centre is a declaration of what it aims to be: a place to experience wine directly, which means more than simply tasting it, involving deeper knowledge and emotional contact as well. It represents a unique and original experiment in Tuscany and it is the first organisation managed by winemakers to use the latest technological and multimedia tools to offer visitors an immersive experience.