The municipal territory of San Gimignano, in Tuscany, is home to both Vernaccia di San Gimignano D.O.C.G. and San Gimignano D.O.C. wines. The latter is a rather recent appellation that was officially approved in August 1996.
San Gimignano, with its geological and climatic characteristics and the skills of its vintners, has a great winemaking vocation. Moreover, great attention is paid to environmental and ecological aspects. Winegrowing is the most important economic activity at San Gimignano.
The wines of San Gimignano are rich in history and cultural heritage. There exists very old historical evidence of the area’s red wine, once called Vino Nero by the local farmers, and its Vin Santo.
San Gimignano wines must be produced exclusively with grapes from vineyards situated inside the hilly municipal territory at an altitude of at least 1,700 feet.