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.  

After the Phylloxera crisis of the late 1800s, many of the Vernaccia plantings were replaced with Trebbiano 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


  • 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


  • Bellini Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012

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    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


  • OK, Bocron, check this out.  Here we are going to have a discussion ... ... tartness.  I also had a Vernaccia that I described as having some tartness and, also, minerality.  A Gavi that I described as having a citrus tartness (that's pretty close).  Overall, if I were to generalize my experience with Italian whites, I would characterize them ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Total neophyte here :D


  • Just a quick hello. I am totally un-educated in the wine realm. As a matter of fact I never drank a glass until over age 40 and even then barely could finish it and would usually switch to a nice dark beer LOL.  Anyway about 2 years ago my good friend's husband decided he was going to show me what I was missing and every time we went out to dinn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Total neophyte here :D


  • Gattavecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by neozyrus


  • Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012

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    subtle pair, lemongrass, vanilla on the nose....slightly oaky, full bodied...with a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


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