San Gimignano is one of Italy’s best preserved medieval towns and renowned for a variety of reasons; from its many soaring towers, to the white grape variety known as Vernaccia di San Gimignano. The rich history of the grape in Italy no doubt contributed to the fact that Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first grape variety in Italy to gain DOC status in 1966, after the system was established in 1963 and therefore, before illustrious names such as Barolo and Brunello. Vernaccia has always been famous in this neck of the woods, and there are references to a local vernaccia wine dating back to the Middle Ages.
Cesani makes some of the best wines of all the San Gimignano area, and we are very happy to offer them in our portfolio as we had been looking for a quality wine from this area for quite some time. These days Cesani is in the safe hands of Letizia Cesani, and the wine is made with the assistance of oenologist Paolo Caciorgna, “… one of Italy’s least known but very best winemakers” (Ian D’Agata, Anteprima Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2008). The grapes for their wines come from Cesani's sloping vineyards that sit higher than nearly everyone else's land in the area, and the cooler microclimate guarantees wines of bright acidity and fresh, crisp aromas and flavours. More importantly still, Cesani’s vineyards are located in the sub-area of Pancole, which characteristically yields the most intensely flavorful Vernaccia di San Gimignano of all.
All of Cesani’s Vernaccia wines are mineral and clean, displaying great precision and freshness. Even the barrel fermented Sanice selection is complex and ripe without losing any of the signature minerality and freshness central to the Cesani style.