Vernaccia Di San Gimignano Wine

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Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a white wine that is produced around the Medieval town of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy. The name of the grape 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. It’s 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 and Malvasia since they are easier to grow and maintain. However, it made a resurgence in the 1960s since it’s far more interesting to drink than either of those two, and became the white mascot grape of San Gimignano, awarded DOC status in 1966, the first ever in Read more »

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