Log in Become a Member

Regions

Comprehensive description of all European growing areas, their grape varieties, traditions and legal rules with maps.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG

Description to Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG

DOCG area for white wine in the Italian region of Tuscany. The zone includes the good hilly areas not exceeding 500 metres above sea level in the municipality of San Gimignano in the province of Siena. The wine was already mentioned in documents in 1276. It was the favourite wine of the famous painter and sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), of whom the following saying is vouched for in writing from 1543: "He kisses, caresses, bites and throws! San Gimignano is also called the "city of towers", most of which date back to the 12th century. Since 1990 the historic centre of the town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In 1966 the sector was the first in Italy to receive the DOC classification. The white wine was then raised to the DOCG class in 1993. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, Vigna can be indicated followed by the name of the vineyard. The wine is made from Vernaccia di San Gimignano (zum. 85%), as well as other authorised varieties (max. 15%). Explicitly excluded are the aromatic varieties Traminer, Muscat Blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Malvasia Bianca di Candia, Malvasia Istriana(Malvazija Istarska) and Incrocio Bruni 54. After 12 months aging in the barrel and another 6 months in the bottle, it may call itself Riserva. Red and rosé wines from the area are produced under the DOC designation San Gimignano.

EVENTS NEAR YOU

Cookies facilitate the provision of our services. By using our services, you agree that we use cookies.