The presence of viticulture in the San Gimignano area dates back to the Etruscan era, confirmed by numerous archaeological pieces of evidence. For centuries the production and sale of wine represented the main agricultural and economic activity.
As far as Vernaccia di San Gimignano is concerned, there are historical documents of its production and marketing already in the Ordinazioni delle Gabelle of the Municipality dating back to 1276. The Vernaccia grape was introduced in the territory of San Gimignano during the 12th century.
Over the centuries, human work has shaped the countryside, codified the various forms of farming, planted layouts, updated winemaking techniques, and introduced other white grape varieties complementary to Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Resulting in a mix of tradition and innovation, which aims to obtain wines of ever-higher quality.
The practices relating to the elaboration of wines are those traditionally consolidated in the area for the white vinification of still wines, adequately differentiated by type; Vernaccia di San Gimignano is, in fact, one of the very few Italian white wines also produced in the “riserva” version. This wine must be subjected to a period of refinement, also in wood, of at least 11 months and before being released for consumption, to a refinement period of three months in the bottle.
The Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG wine was recognized with the Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) on March 3, 1966, then DOCG on July 9, 1993.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.