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Aug 4, 2008 12:14 PM

Vernaccia di San Gimignano?

I'm not very well informed about wine. I know what I like and I like the Alois Legeder label.

A friend, currently stationed in the UK, just came back from a Tuscan vacation.

In his emails, he's raving about the subject product.

I'm not certain if it's a grape, a vineyard, or what.

I thought maybe someone here had all the poop on this and had the time/inclination to educate me.

He's vague in his emails and too busy to elaborate.

Thanks in advance,


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  1. I'm pretty certain Vernaccia is a type of grape that, in and around San Gimignano, tends to be fermented to produce a dry white wine. San Gimignano is a BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL hill town in Tuscany. The best Bistecca I ever had was in San Gimignano... I do wonder, though, if that had something to do just with BEING in San Gimignano (though the ones in Florence, Siena, etc never quite lived up...)

    I can find out who imports/distributes Alios Legeder, if you like...

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    1. re: whiner

      That's a brilliant offer, Whiner. Thanks.

      Actually, my favorite Italian resto pours the Legeder and hooks me up (quite reasonably) whenever I need an at-home fix.

      Especially like their PG and the Muller Thurgau (sp?) is about the only wine my wife and I can agree on...gotta love a winery that can contribute to domestic harmony!

      1. re: whiner

        Vernaccia di San Gimignano is indeed "vernaccia from the town of San Gimignano" in Tuscany. A delicious white wine, even in US! (imho)

      2. Might be more than you want to know, but...

        When Italy first started instituting its wine classification system to establish standards for a regulate quality in wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the very first DOC wine so classified.

        Also, with this particular wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is both the name of the grape variety and the varietal wine. The wines can, by law, include 10% juice of other grape varieties.

        For more information:

        1. Vernaccia di San Gimignano is both a grape and a wine. I had an excellent example, 2005 Cappella Sant’ Andrea. My notes describe it as having crisp fruity flavors, something like a Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve read that this is one of the oldest white wines in Italy and was the first Italian wine to be awarded DOC status in 1966, but is now DOCG since 1993. The older traditional style produced a slightly bitter edge, but the modern style is lighter and crisper. I really liked it.

          1. Just returned from 4 days in San Gimignano! I had a glorious meeting with a winemaker in that area. Vernaccia is capable of being a GREAT wine and can also be insipid. Varies quite a bit by producer.

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            1. re: WineUnleashed

              Which are your favorites? Which ones have been disappointing?

              1. re: maria lorraine

                I would be very interested in others' opinions of favorite labels.

                So far, I've found:

                San Quirico - 2006 - $16.99 retail...not bad, but not great
                Teruzzi & Puthod - 2005 - $10.99 retail..better than the San Quirico by a fair margin...Thus a nice little value.

                In both cases, the Vernaccia I bought was the only bottle in the store...Rare stuff.

                1. re: Monch

                  Teruzzi & Puthod has long been my favorite -- back into the 1980s.

                  1. re: zin1953

                    I agree with you on the T&P; finished off a bottle of 2007 Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano which I find to be a very nice QPR

            2. Vernaccia is of course the name of the grape used in Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and other posters have suggested good bottlings. Vernaccia is also the name of a varietal in Sardinia, where it makes a totally different white wine. And in Trentino/Alto Adige, it's used to name a variety of Schiava, a lightish, red grape (Grauvernatsch, or gray vernaccia)--Alto Adige is home to the house of Alois Lageder, which makes superb white wines. Which is a way of saying you won't get a Vernaccia di San Gimignano form Lageder, but you can get something else.

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              1. re: bob96


                OP, here. We are brothers in spirit. Thanks for the tip.

                Lageder is my absolute favorite house for Italian whites. My local Italian restaurant serves their reserve Pinot Grigio and I order a glass every time I'm there.

                Their Muler Thurgau is the only wine on which my wife and I can consistently agree.

                Appreciate the feedback.

                1. re: Monch

                  Lageder makes some delicious white wines, but there are quite a number of others who do so also, and they come from all around Italy. You will do yourself a favor to seek out some of them!