No Italian wine can boast a history that dates back centuries like Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
At the end of the Thirteenth century, it appeared throughout Europe on the tables of kings, popes and wealthy merchants. It is a white wine of a regal colour: “coppe, nappi, bacini d’oro e d’argento / Vin greco di riviera e di vernaccia” recited the poet Folgòre from San Gimignano at the beginning of the Fourteenth century. It is highly likely that the name Vernaccia comes from Vernazza, where wines from Liguria were embarked. And Vernaccia was the most exclusive and precious of these wines.
The history of literature reports a growing number of fans: from Cecco Angiolieri to Dante, from Boccaccio to Franco Sacchetti, from Frenchmen Eustache Deschamps and Jean Froissart to Englishmen John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer. Its production spread: initially in Liguria and Tuscany and then, in the next two centuries, to almost all the winemaking areas of Italy.
In the areas around San Gimignano, which already produced widely acclaimed saffron, it immediately became a “leading” product
In 1966, it was the first Italian wine to attain the “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” [Denomination of Controlled Origin].