Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG - Cesani
GRAPES: 100 % Vernaccia
Area: San Gimignano
Altitude: 250-280 m a.s.l.
Vineyards: high spur-trained cordon
Soil: sand and lime
Yield: 9000 kg/ha
Harvest: second and third week of September
Fermentation: in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks
Ageing: 6 months in stainless steel tanks
Color: pale yellow with green reflections
Nose: intense aromas of white flowers and fruit, including green apple
Produced since the thirteenth century and mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano is Italy’s first white wine to have received DOCG status. Made from the local Vernaccia grapes, this wine has a dryness and body that very few other white wines share, with a persistence that renders it ideal for hearty risotto dishes and chicken or rabbit as well as starters. Aromas of white flowers and green apple, a notable weight and a distinct almond aftertaste make this wine a valid substitute to the many aromatic white wines that are so prominent on today’s shelves.
The Cesani winery is at home in Pancole, a town that enjoys the stunning skyline view of the towers of San Gimignano just 4 miles away. For decades, the Cesani family have been cultivating their land according to the dictates of organic farming, with minimal intervention and only using natural products. Vincenzo passionately works the vineyards of native varietals Vernaccia, Sangiovese, Colorino and Ciliegiolo with the aim of “preserving the ecosystem and protecting our biodiversity.” His daughters Letizia and Maria Luisa oversee the cellar and winery hospitality with the same pride and passion.