Area of Production:
The production area is characterised by a Mediterranean climate with rather dry summers, not particularly harsh winters and rainfall concentrated in two periods: April/May and November, with temperatures varying from -5°C to +37°C. The area benefits from good ventilation all year round and only rarely is it cloaked in fog.
The San Gimignano area is very well suited to winegrowing. The main appellation is Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, flanked by San Gimignano Doc. These two wines are specific to the territory. There are also vineyards for the production of Chianti, Chianti Colli Senesi and IGT Toscana.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a grape variety which was first cultivated on the hills of San Gimignano in clay schist soils dating back to the Pliocene era. It was the first grape variety to be awarded, in 1966, the Denomination of Controlled Origin and in 1993, the D.O.C.G.
Vernaccia-based wine from San Gimignano has a long history, and since the Renaissance period has been considered one of Italy’s oldest and most noble wines. Its fame has no doubt been strongly connected to its region of origin, San Gimignano – an ancient Tuscan town famed for its medieval towers.
«A harvest to remember», the 2019 of Vernaccia di San Gimignano, presented in Preview (the XV) on 16 and 19 February in the Rocca di Montestaffoli, on top of the city of a hundred towers, in the province of Siena.
This is how the long-experienced oenologists defined it. Including it among the best of the last decade and like the already extraordinary 2013 and 2016 of the decades just ended.
Both vintage wines and reserves are excellent
«Excellent balances of aromatic and qualitative maturation were obtained», continued Pierluigi, «both for the vintage wines and for the reserves. Having been able to count on perfect physiological maturation has allowed longer macerations and fermentations, allowing the best expression of the peculiarities of this wine, Vernaccia, which thus confirms itself as a contemporary classic ».
The seasonal trend of Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2019 These extraordinary results have been possible for Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2019 thanks to a seasonal trend that has given rise to healthy grapes.
Despite some sporadic extreme rain (such as the 50 mm of water that fell in a single day at the end of July). «Thanks to a delayed harvest of 15 days, the grapes were able to benefit from the autumn temperature variations».
In general, the biological cycle between budding and ripening (184 days in total) is the longest result of 33 days compared to the five-year average. The rainfall increased by + 14.5% (867.25 mm) and the average annual temperature (14.71 ° C) is in line with the five-year period.
But if we analyze the same data over a longer period of time (1921-1986 the rainfall and 1910-1985 the average temperature), «we instead witness a tendential decline in the average rainfall, with an ever-higher frequency of extreme events. And an increase of 0.62 ° C in the average temperature ».