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In Tuscany, “grillaie” (from “grillo”, “cricket”) are the sunniest vineyards, where crickets love to make their nests: hence the stylized symbol of the cricket, which has always been this wine’s original trademark.


VARIETIES: Vernaccia di San Gimignano and a small percentage of other grapes.

PRODUCTION DISTRICT: Hills of San Gimignano.

ALTITUDE AND ASPECT: 250–350 metres above sea level

TYPE OF SOIL: Pliocene soils of marine origin with prevalence of limestone sands.

TRAINING SYSTEM: Spurred cordon and guyot.

HARVEST: The grapes are harvested manually in the first half of September.

WINEMAKING METHOD: A portion of the clusters are subjected to a few hours of cold maceration in the first-pressing must. Subsequent fermentation takes place in steel tanks at low temperatures to bring the wine’s aromas to the fore.

AGEING: The time spent in traditional vats by a portion of the wine endows the nose with greater complexity.

SENSORY PROFILE: Le Grillaie, a Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, shows a brilliant straw colour with a delicate golden hue. On the nose, vanilla accompanies fragrant floral notes of broom and lime blossom, with hints of honey and flint. The full-flavoured, tangy palate is velvety yet fresh-tasting and dynamic, with a fruit-rich, spicy backdrop, and signs off with an attractively long mineral finish. This well-structured wine develops and enhances its traits over time.

ALCOHOL: 13.0% vol*

(* Depending on the year, the analytical values may vary slightly)


FOOD PAIRING: Saffron risotto, white meats, crustaceans, premium fish, pâté.

Melini, Vernaccia di San Gimignano 'Le Grillaie' DOCG, 2022

SKU: 10562_2022
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