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Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2015 Preview - Sunday 15th and Monday 16th February

On Sunday 15 and Monday 16 February the producers of San Gimignano will be presenting the new vintages of Vernaccia di San Gimignano in the rooms of the De Grada Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art: the products of the latest vintage, 2014, for the classic Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and 2013 for the Riserva, but also wines of previous vintages aged in the cellar or in the bottle for longer than the time envisaged by the production regulations.


Thirty-six producers will be present with over eighty different Vernaccia di San Gimignano previewed at the tasting tables and in the room reserved for the press with sommelier service, to finally discover the products of the latest vintage.


For the San Gimignano area, the 2014 vintage brings some lovely surprises: the rains that beat down on Italy throughout the summer were more forgiving here, so while it did rain there were no floods or hailstorms. Moreover, ventilation was always good and often quite sustained, drying out any excess humidity which would have been detrimental to the health of the grapes. The cool months of July and August, characterised by a good difference between diurnal and nocturnal temperatures, along with the sunny days that prevailed from mid-September onwards, preserved the aromatic qualities of the grapes and allowed them to ripen properly, reaching harvest-time in excellent health, for the production of fresh, perfumed and elegant wines with a good level of acidity, albeit with less structure than those of 2013.

The quantity of grapes produced was higher than that of 2013, despite the thinning operations carried out by the producers on the lush vegetation and production. These operations were necessary this year in order to contrast the excesses caused by frequent rainfall. 46,100 hectolitres of Vernaccia di San Gimignano were produced, with an increase of 12% on 2013.

On the basis of the production regulations, for the Vernaccia Riserva, the vintage under release from the end of 2014 and for the whole of 2015 is 2013. However, numerous estates prefer to subject their reserve wines to longer cellar and bottle-ageing to enhance their organoleptic qualities along with the tertiary flavours typical of the grape-variety, its savoury notes and its structure.

The annual production of Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva is quite stable, reaching about 12% of the production of standard Vernaccia di San Gimignano, amounting to roughly 3,100 hectolitres.

The characteristics of the Riserva 2013, a vintage with lower than average production and yields, are typical of the variety and comply fully with its parameters and descriptors. These are interesting wines with a good structure, accompanied by a sustained mineral character, with scents of honey, ripe fruit and the characteristic note of flint.

39,703 hectolitres of Vernaccia di San Gimignano were bottled during 2014, comprising both types, amounting to 5,293,853 bottles of Vernaccia di San Gimignano and a turnover of approximately 37 million euros, up by about 2.5% on 2013. The market trend has remained good, as in previous years, having grown constantly since 2009.

As usual, the Consorzio della Denominazione San Gimignano organises the annual appointment with the tasting cycle “White Wine and its Territories”, in its tenth edition this year, to coincide with the Preview.

During the meeting, reserved for the trade press, Vernaccia di San Gimignano will be joined by the white wines of Burgundy: “Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Côte Chalonnaise Wines: Chronicles from the Magazzini del Sale (Salt Warehouses)”. It will be hosted by Armando Castagno, editor of Vitae, the national journal of the AIS - Italian Sommelier Association, collaborator of the AIS wine guide of the same name and Chevalier du Tastevin. The aim of the wine tasting is to highlight how these two types of wine, so distant in geography and grape variety, have such a close affinity in terms of the “salinity” that characterises both.

The great innovation of this year which, as we mentioned earlier, celebrates the tenth edition of the tasting cycle, is that “Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Côte Chalonnaise Wines: Chronicles from the Magazzini del Sale” has been doubled to meet increasing demand from the international press: the classic morning event in Italian will be repeated in the afternoon in English.

The estates present at the De Grada Museum:

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto, Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico, Canneta, Cantina Sociale Certaldo, Cappella Sant'Andrea, Casa alle Vacche, Cesani, Falchini , Fontaleoni, Fornacelle, Guidi, Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara, Il Lebbio, Il Palagione, La Castellaccia – Tofanari, La Lastra, Lucii Libanio, Macinatico, Melini, Montenidoli, Mormoraia, Palagetto, Panizzi, Poderi Arcangelo, Poderi del Paradiso, Poggio Alloro, San Benedetto, San Donato, San Quirico, Signano, Tenuta La Vigna, Tenuta Le Calcinaie, Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi, Teruzzi & Puthod, Tollena, Torre Prima.

Contacts:

Elisabetta Borgonovi, borgonovi@vernaccia.it, for press accreditation

Erika Berti, berti@vernaccia.it, for operator accreditation

Programme

Sunday, 15th February

2.00 – 7.00 p.m.: Vernaccia di San Gimignano Preview – De Grada Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Via Folgore 11, San Gimignano. Tasting of Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2014, Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva 2013 and previous vintages at the tasting tables, with 40 producers. The tasting hall with sommelier service is reserved for operators and the press.

Monday, 16th February

9.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.: Vernaccia di San Gimignano Preview – De Grada Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Via Folgore 11, San Gimignano. Tasting of Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2014, Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva 2013 and previous vintages at the tasting tables, with 40 producers. The tasting hall with sommelier service is reserved for operators and the press.

10.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.: Tasting for Italian speakers “Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Côte Chalonnaise Wines: Chronicles from the Magazzini del Sale (Salt Warehouses)” hosted by Armando Castagno, editor of Vitae, the national journal of the AIS - Italian Sommelier Association, collaborator of the AIS wine guide of the same name and Chevalier du Tastevin. Dante Room at Town Hall, Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano. Max 54 seats, reserved for accredited press, on reservation only.

12.30 – 2.30 p.m.: Buffet lunch

3.00 – 5.00 p.m.: Tasting for English speakers “Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Côte Chalonnaise Wines: Chronicles from the Magazzini del Sale (Salt Warehouses)” hosted by Armando Castagno, editor of Vitae, the national journal of the AIS - Italian Sommelier Association, collaborator of the AIS wine guide of the same name and Chevalier du Tastevin. Dante Room at Town Hall, Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano. Max 54 seats, reserved for accredited press, on reservation only.

Press kit:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k7nefov43r0tnkn/AADTvfTKZxhaVTLBsYgqYm-Oa?dl=0