Vernaccia

Name of varietal: Vernaccia

Common synonyms: Vernaccia di San Gimignano

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Italy

History of the grape: While there is another white Vernaccia offshoot in Italy (the Vernaccia di Oristano in Sardinia) when one says simply “Vernaccia,” one is referring to Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the star white grape from around that Medieval town in Tuscany. The name 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. This grape has 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.  

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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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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


  • Too funny about the Vernaccia.  "Vernaccia" and "vernatsch" are words from the same root as "vernacular."  It's like naming the grape "the local," so it didn't tell us much about the grapes.  Apparently nothing much to tell. Protocolo makes a low priced and really popular Tempranillo.  Not bad for the $7 or so, but I haven't had it in a few year... Read More

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  • 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


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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  • 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


  • Time to do a little cellar cleaning and what better way to start than with the ... 85pts 2013 Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tuscany 12% $13 With simple apple fruit on the nose this doesn’t reveal much aromatic complexity. On the palate it’s a vibrant wine, with bright acids supporting clean, crisp apple fruit that has some steely nuanc... Read More

    From the article Discovering Italian Whites


  • 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


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