Other wines from San Gimignano

The territory of San Gimignano boasts the production of different wines to Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin Controlled with a wide range of types: red, new, red reserve, rosé, Vin Santo and Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice, in addition to red and rosé Sangiovese specifications (the latter recognized only in August 1996).

The production area is very well suited to viticulture and for its geological characteristics and for the professionalism of the winemakers. Particular attention is paid to ecology and the environment: are very numerous wine growers who participate in guided and integrated pest management programs having for objective the respect of the environment and the health of the products.

The wine sector is about the town of San Gimignano the most important economic activity for both productivity and employment. Wine production are also linked historical and cultural aspects that contribute to make it one of the most prestigious of the Region Tuscany: these wines have very old memories (local farmers called the red wine "Black" wine), without speaking Vin Santo so called since time immemorial.

The tourism industry benefits from this type of activity, as the food and wine is today an important attraction; the tourist experience is not complete without at least a wine tasting in San Gimignano (Siena) or Tuscany.


Production area

The DOC and DOCG wines of San Gimignano (Siena) have to be produced from grapes from vineyards located exclusively within the City, in the hilly areas with good exposure and higher altitude to 500 meters above sea level.


The Vines

The red types, novel and red reserves are obtained from Sangiovese (minimum 50%) and other red grapes up to a maximum of 50%; there is also the Sangiovese specification if the same vine represents at least 85% of the ampelographic base.

The rosé is obtained from type: Sangiovese (minimum 60%), Canaiolo Nero (up to a maximum of 20%), Tuscan Trebbiano, Malvasia del Chianti and Vernaccia di San Gimignano (up to a maximum of 15%), most other vines red grapes for a maximum of 15%; also for the rosé it is provided the Sangiovese specification.

The Vin Santo is obtained from the Chianti Malvasia grapes (up to a maximum of 50%), Trebbiano (minimum 30%), Vernaccia di San Gimignano (maximum 20%) and other vines for a maximum of 10%. The Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice is made from Sangiovese (70-100%), with the eventual addition of other red grape varieties.

The maximum yield per hectare must not exceed 100 quintals for all types.


Organoleptic characteristics

San Gimignano Rosso: ruby ​​red color of varying intensity, tending to garnet with aging; vinous, delicate; dry, harmonious, full-bodied, tannic; alcoholic strength of 11.5 ° (12 ° for the Reserve).

San Gimignano Novello: Light ruby ​​red with violet hues; a winey, fruity, intense; mellow flavor, vellulato, savory; 11 °.

San Gimignano Rosato: more or less intense pink color with ruby ​​reflections; a winey, fruity, delicate grape just pressed; harmonious delicate flavor and velvety; 10.5 °.

San Gimignano Vin Santo: color from golden to more or less intense; ethereal, intense, delicate; flavor from dry, full, soft, persistent; 16.5 °.

San Gimignano Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice: color from deep pink to pale pink; strong smell; sweet, soft, velvety, round; 16 °.



The red wines are well accompany red meats, roasts, game and aged cheeses; excellent cold cuts with rosy; cakes and pastries for the various types of Vin Santo.

Taken from " Wines of Tuscany : Characteristics of DOC and DOCG in Tuscany " by the Library of the Regional Council of Tuscany, 1999 - See also Consorzio Denominazione San Gimignano