In 1276 the production and the commerce of Vernaccia di San Gimignano was already thriving. We find it in the document “Ordinamenti della gabella” of the municipality of San Gimignano. The Vernaccia’s fame grow until the Eighteenth century and decline during the two next centuries. The rebirth began in the 1960s and in 1966 it was the first Italian wine to attain the “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” ( denomination of controlled origin) and in 1993 became “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” (denomination of controlled an guaranteed origin).
The Vernaccia wine has a straw yellow colour with golden highlights that become more evident with age. The parfum is fine and delicate, with fruity and floral scents when the wine is young. As it matures and ages, it develops the characteristics mineral scent of flint. It is a dry, harmonious and savoury flavoured wine.
While pleasant when young it often surprises with its capacity for ageing, developing sensorial notes in the nose and mouth that are complex and mineral. It is no more coincidences that it is one of very few white wines made also a Reserve.
The territory of the production of the Denomination protected falls entirely within the Municipality of San Gimignano. It is a territory situated completely on hills at altitudes between 200 and 400 metres above sea level. The soils are those formed on Pliocene marine deposits and consisting of yellow sand (tuff) and yellow clay.
Vineyards registered for the production of Vernaccia di San Gimignano occupy an area of almost 800 hectares. The average annual production is around 5.000.000 bottles.
The Vernaccia wine belongs naturally with Mediterranean cusine, it is excellent as an aperitif, an exquisite companion to fish dishes and cheese. It is perfect also with white meat and ribollita.