Vernaccia Di San Gimignano Wine

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Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a white wine that is produced around the Medieval town of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy. The name of the grape refers either to a derivation of the word “vernaculus,” Latin for local, meaning it’s the local grape, or the town of Vernazza in Liguria, where it might have come from. It’s been around for centuries, with earliest written references from the 13th century. Vernaccia was the favorite wine of Pope Martin IV. In Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, he placed Pope Martin in Purgatorio, forever made to eat eels pickled in Vernaccia for his sins of gluttony.  

After the Phylloxera crisis of the late 1800s, many of the Vernaccia plantings were replaced with Trebbiano and Malvasia since they are easier to grow and maintain. However, it made a resurgence in the 1960s since it’s far more interesting to drink than either of those two, and became the white mascot grape of San Gimignano, awarded DOC status in 1966, the first ever in Read more »

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  • La Lastra Vernaccia Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2010

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    Had this wine in San Gimignano last September and had trouble finding it here at home. I did find a great shop on-line and have been buying it since. It's my favorite white......crisp, light and refreshing. I drink it with anything but it's especially good with salads and fish. Read More

    Wine review by tcallen


  • Getting ready to head out on our vacation to Menaggio, Italy and decided to ... this bottle of Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2012.This is just a fantastic Italian white. Elisabetta makes some fantastic wines and this is just another great example. The color has a bit of a golden hue and the nose carries a bit of floral notes. Th... Read More

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  • Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2012

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    This is just a fantastic Italian white. Elisabetta makes some fantastic wines and this is just another great example. The color has a bit of a golden hue and the nose carries a bit of floral notes. The best part is the taste of honeysuckle, honey, lemon curd with a creamy and rich texture, decent acidity and a long finish. There is a lot going o... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Pietro Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2014

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    Very forgettable wine. In a nutshell, it has practically no flavor. At least (a) there is nothing particularly offensive about it and (b) its cheap. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Guicciardini Strozzi Vernaccia Vernaccia di San Gimignano Titolato 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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


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