Classic aromas of Vernaccia are: Lime Juice, White Peach, Lemon Pith and Almonds
The full name of which is Vernaccia di San Gimignano yet it principally known plainly as Vernaccia. The reason for which is that it is almost solely found planted on the hills of the San Gimignano in Tuscany. It has been planted here for so long and has found such prestige that it has a DOCG status attached to it, as well. It was also the first ever grape and region to ever be awarded a DOC status – before now more famous names such as Chianti or Barolo, back in 1966.
In fact it is one of Italy’s oldest white grapes still in production, dating back to at least the late 1270s. The earliest reference dates back to cellar archives of San Gimignano. Vernaccia is known best for its dry white wines yet it was its sweet wines back in the 1600s that were increasing its prestige. Many a Pope and world diplomat have been treated to its nectar over the years on visits to both Tuscany and Rome.
Vernaccia produces crisp white wines that are known for their light and delicate aromatic profiles. You will often find lemon juice, lime pith and clover honey on the nose alongside almonds and white florals. It has ample acidity and a light body, perfect for summer time. Some of the better, or at least more interesting, takes on Vernaccia will see a bit of oak treatment which will give the resulting wines a bit more body and a light creamy texture.