DOC area for red and rose wines in the Italian region Tuscany
, The zone includes the eponymous municipality of San Gimignano in the province of Siena, northwest of the city of the same name. Most of the luxurious palaces and towers of the multi-tower city of San Gimignano date back to the 12th century. In the Middle Ages the city had an important, strategic location between Florence, Siena and Pisa and was located on important connecting roads. The most important of these was the Via Francigena, which not only led the pilgrims to Rome, but also served the traders as a transport route for their goods such as wine. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, can Vigna
followed by the location name.
The wine types Rosso
(also as Novello
) and Rosato
are out Sangiovese
(50%), any use of the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon
and Pinot Nero = Pinot Noir
(max. 40%), as well as other approved varieties (max. 15%). The varietal wines
must contain at least 85% of the respective variety, i.e. the five red wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Sangiovese and Syrah (all also as Riserva).
The Vin Santo
(in secco and amabile) with 16.5% vol alcohol and three years of aging (including four months in the bottle) Malvasia Bianca Lunga
(max. 50%), Trebbiano Toscano
(to. 30%) and Vernaccia di San Gimignano
(max. 20%), as well as other approved varieties (max. 10%). The rose-colored, sweet Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice
is made from Sangiovese (50%) and other approved red varieties (max. 50%).
The Vernaccia white wine was awarded the very first DOC class in 1966. It was named in 1993 Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Highly classified as DOCG.