A wine with a history like no other
‘Vernaccia di San Gimignano’ is a white wine that can be traced back to the 12th Century, but it was only mentioned for the first time in tax documents in 1276, found in the San Gimignano Municipality. The name is believed to come from ‘vernaculo’ an Italian word meaning ‘local’, ‘common’ or ‘indigeneous’. The English word ‘vernacular’ comes from this origin. Indeed, there are many grape varieties and wines in Italy called ‘Vernaccia’ but it refers to the fact that the plant or wine is ‘native’ to that area and not related to the particular grape variety in San Gimignano. Thus, thanks to the vine and the flinty soils around the town giving it its unique ‘terroir’ the Vernaccia di San Gimignano has always been a noble wine. It has been the favourite of kings, popes, nobility, politicians, rich merchants and poets, amongst others. Even Lorenzo de’ Medici was a big fan of Vernaccia wine and asked for it to be sent to Florence specifically.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first wine in Italy to be granted the DOC (Denominazione di OrigineControllata) in 1996, before any of the other great wines of Italysuch as ‘Brunello’, ‘Nobile di Montepulciano’, or ‘Barolo’ were awarded DOC appellation. In 1993, Vernaccia wasgranted DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status.