Vernaccia di San Gimignano in stamp format!
You might not be able to taste it, but “Poste Italiane” [Italian Post Office] is sending Vernaccia di San Gimignano all over the world, with the issue of stamps dedicated to Tuscany’s only white DOCG wine, Italy’s first DOC wine in 1966, made DOCG in 1993.
The stamp belongs to the themed series “Le eccellenze del sistema produttivo ed economico” [The excellences of the productive and economic system] dedicated by “Poste Italiane” to Italian products of excellence in the food and wine sector, and appellations of protected and guaranteed origin. With the new issue, 45 Italian DOCG wines (out of the 73 that exist) have been given their own stamp, each worth 0.80 eurocents, which is the standard cost to post a letter.
The stamp dedicated to Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine has the same graphic arrangement as the others belonging to the same series, a bunch of white grapes of the same grape variety and a vineyard. However, what characterises it is the background, featuring the unmistakable skyline of San Gimignano, with its towers dominating the landscape. This “stamp” format shows the reality of a wine which, starting from the 13th century, has entwined its history with that of a territory, the only one in the world where Vernaccia di San Gimignano is cultivated and produced.
For collectors, the 15 adhesive stamps of the new issue are available in a limited edition of eight hundred thousand each. They come in a single sheet which illustrates the respective DOCG wines with Tuscany represented not only by Vernaccia di San Gimignano, but also by Chianti DOCG and Val di Cornia Rosso DOCG.