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Vernaccia di San Gimignano

DOCG area for white wine in the Italian region of Tuscany. The zone covers 650 hectares of vineyards with the good hillside sites not above 500 meters above sea level in the municipality of San Gimignano in the province of Siena. The wine was mentioned in documents as early as 1276. It was the favourite wine of the famous painter and sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), of whom the following saying from 1543 is attested in writing: "It kisses, flatters, bites and throws! San Gimignano is also known as the "city of towers", most of which date back to the 12th century. Of the 72 family towers that once existed in San Gimignano, 15 still exist today, the two tallest, the Torre Grossa, built in 1311, and the Torre della Rognosa, are 54 and 51 metres high respectively. The cistern in Piazza della Cisterna was built in 1287 and the historic centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.

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