Vernaccia di San Gimignano: A Fresh Look

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I spent some time in San Gimignano for the first time in 11 years this past February. I had forgotten how glorious the town was and how wonderful the wines were. I’ll be writing up my notes this weekend on the denomination but for today, I wanted to mention that Vernaccia di San Gimignano  was the first  Italian wine to receive a DOC denomination in 1966. It was then given its DOCG designation in 1993. Few people would think that it was this white Tuscan wine that had this honor. I had forgotten this fact until my recent trip.

Vernaccia is not an easy grape. The wine is generally pretty bitter and acidic. It has to be made from 90% Vernaccia and 10% of other grapes but non-aromatic ones.

I have had many Vernaccia over the years but it wasn’t until this last visit that I truly appreciated this undervalued, exquisite white wines from Tuscany.

I’ve written about some of the producers before and one amazing woman in particular, Elisabetta Fagiuoli, the owner of Montenidoli.

I look forward to sharing my notes on this wonderful land.

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I spent some time in San Gimingnano for the first time in 11 years this past February. I had forgotten how glorious the town was and how wonderful the wines were. I’ll be writing up my notes this weekend on the denomination but for today, I wanted to mention that Vernaccia di San Gimingnano in 1966. was the first  wine to receive a DOC denomination. It was then given its DOCG designation in 1993.

Vernaccia is not an easy grape. The wine is generally pretty bitter and acidic. It has to be made from 90% Vernaccia and 10% of other grapes but non-aromatic ones.

I have had many Vernaccia over the years but it wasn’t until this last visit that I truly appreciated this undervalued, exquisite white wines from Tuscany.

I’ve written about some of the producers before and one amazing woman in particular, Elisabetta Fagiuoli, the owner of Montenidoli.

I look forward to sharing my notes on this wonderful land.

 

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