San Gimignano Wine

Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a Central Tuscan white, and was the first Italian wine to receive DOC recognition in 1966, doubtless in large part because during the Renaissance it was considered Italy's finest white wine, fit to fire the imaginations of poets, artists and Popes. Unfortunately, the 1966 wine bore little resemblance to its ancestor, and acquired a reputation of being light and spritzy. Since then there has been a great deal of effort to improve quality, and the best is now quite interesting: a golden-hued wine that both warms and inspires, with a rich, heady bouquet, and a crisp clean taste that lingers long on the palate. As Montenidoli's Elisabetta Fagiuoli observes, "it is really a red wine made from white grapes." In terms of accompaniments, Vernaccia will work nicely with flavorful fish, including crustaceans, white meats, and pecorino and other mild cheeses. In terms of reds, San Gimignano falls within the Chianti Colli Senesi zone, and is also home to the more recently established Read more »

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  • Vernaccia

    History of the grape: While there is another white Vernaccia offshoot in Italy (the Vernaccia di Oristano in Sardinia...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012


    Scent of salty lemon and a bit of cream. It was tangy and dry, with butter and citrus flavor. Had a lemon finish. Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray

  • Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2013


    With simple apple fruit on the nose this doesnt reveal much aromatic complexity. On the palate its a vibrant wine, with bright acids supporting clean, crisp apple fruit that has some steely nuance to it. Clean and fresh, this is uncomplicated though has an attractive texture which is clean and easy to enjoy right through the modest finish. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2013


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    Wine review by mark

  • San Quirico Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva Isabella 2006


    Excellent vernaccia that L brought back from her Italy trip. Almonds, honey, ripe stone fruits (ripe pear and peach), excellent acidity and a long full finish. This is a big white that is still going strong. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Podere la Casa Rossa Vernaccia Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012


    Very nice Italian vernaccia. Notes of almond, some lemon pith, tart and crisp with a moderate viscuous finish. Very good summer deck wine with some character. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Looks like Italy is the place to be.  The wife is currently in San Gimignano and is going to have lunch with Elisabetta at Montenidoli winery today. GDP, did you get one of these at the market? Read More

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  • I sure hope I'll be able to work out this crick in my neck after viewing ... around Italy (Cinque Terre, San Gimignano) with some friends so I'm left on my own at home. Hope she's finding some nice souvenirs to bring home ; ). Keeping it simple but filling, cheeseburger with BBQ sauce, slices of pickles, toasted kaiser roll, cut up red and pab... Read More

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  • Bellini Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012


    Fairly simple Tuscan vernaccia. Not too much of anything going on, a bit of honey and orange on the nose, decent enough acidity along with some fig on the palate. There's a bit of bitterness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • L loved the wines and was equally impressed with the presentation.  She ... they'll be staying in San Gimignano.  We were in Charleston SC last week at the Wine and Food festival and we met and got to talking with Elisabetta Fagiuoli who was there pouring her Montenidoli wines.  Needless to say she invited L to pay a visit, which will be a fan... Read More

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  • Gattavecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by neozyrus

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