Teruzzi Isola Bianca Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Teruzzi Isola Bianca Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a complex mineral driven wine with hints of citrus, stone fruit (peach, apricot) and bitter almond on the palate.
Grape skin maceration in press for one night, soft pressing the day after the harvest, cold settling of the must, alcoholic fermentation at a controlled temperature of 16°C in stainless steel. After fermentation the wine spends 4 – 5 months in stainless steel at controlled temperature before bottling.
Enrico Teruzzi is a true Tuscan pioneer, being not only one of the first people in the region to install temperature control in his cellar, but also doing much to save Vernaccia from extinction. Admittedly, the legislation was already in place to do so: Vernaccia di San Gimignano was the first DOC to be created, in 1966, eight years before Enrico’s arrival.
Nonetheless, his determination has ensured that this most characterful of Tuscany’s indigenous white varieties is more than a legal curiosity. San Gimignano, close to the Chianti zone, also has a growing reputation for Sangiovese.
Teruzzi owns the largest expanse planted with Vernaccia. The estate stretches over 180 hectares – 94 under vines, of which, 60 hectares are under Vernaccia vines. Grouped into four large areas – Casetta, Racciano, Montegonfoli and Ponte Rondolino, in the municipality of San Gimignano, with an additional 16 hectares in Suvereto – the Teruzzi properties benefit from a variety of soils, altitudes, gradients and microclimates influenced by their close proximity to the Tyrrhenian sea.
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