Vernaccia di San Gimignano is one of Tuscany's finest wines, the only white variety in the region to be awarded Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantitia (or DOCG, for short!), Italy's highest wine classification. Of great historical significance, the Vernaccia grape is mentioned in written records dating back to 1276, while this variety of wine has been hugely popular and reputable since the Renaissance period.
Interestingly, the Vernaccia grape is particular to the local area and is unlikely to match up to other Vernaccia varieties grown in Italy. From the latin vernaculum, it translates to 'of the place', so each Vernaccia is unique to the respective place of origin.
The grapes are sourced manually from 15 year old vines from Santa Maria, just north of San Gimignano. The wine is aged for at least three to six months in stainless steel vats before bottling.
Originally from Marche on the east coast of Italy, the Troiani family settled in Tuscany in 1959. Today, they are leading lights in the production of the historic Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine and cultivate 50 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and woodland adhering to organic principles.
Try with lightly flavoured food, antipasti, fish and vegetarian foods.