Country: Tuscany - Italy

Region: Tuscany

Teruzzi Winery - the wine from San Gimignano

Above the hills of Tuscany rises the small town of San Gimignano, the striking towers can be seen from afar. Near the UNESCO World Heritage Site you will find the Teruzzi winery , which is surely dedicated to the preservation of the Tuscan tradition of viticulture. At the center of this tradition is the Vernaccia grape variety, virtually emblematic of this region. It was the first to obtain the DOC designation in 1966. 

The Teruzzi winery from the region around San Gimignano produces wines with tradition and yet modern approaches. The bottles of the estate are eye-catching with their medieval paintings.

The history of Teruzzi

in 1974, the engineer Enrico Teruzzi founded the winery bearing his name, out of love for the profession of winemaker. Supported by his wife Carmen, they build the winery, which is acquired in 2016 by the Moretti family and its group of companies Terra Moretti. In doing so, the new owners are following the same approach that Enrico once dedicated himself to: a blend of innovation and tradition to get the best out of the vines.

Thus, in modern times, these practices include:

  • Refraining from the use of chemical fertilizers
  • Renunciation of synthetic pesticides
  • Recycling of production waste and more

A progression back to tradition, so to speak. 

Teruzzi's terroir and wines

Teruzzi 's vineyards are located in several municipalities around San Gimignano. This allows the estate to draw on different terroirs for its wines. Teruzzi owns 94 hectares of vineyards in total, 60 of which are planted with Vernaccia alone. The grape variety is very sensitive to soils and climate, in this respect the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea has a mitigating effect and the different soils are wonderfully reflected in the wine.

Three white wines and two red wines are produced today by Teruzzi. The labels are decorated with medieval paintings in reference to San Gimignano's ancient history. In addition to the strongly present Vernaccia, the typical Italian varieties Trebbiano and Sangiovese, as well as the French Merlot and Petit Verdot are used for the cuvées of the estate.

Isola Bianca and Peperino are represented by two rabbit assassins that are found in illuminated manuscripts.
These harmless creatures become hunters, warriors and even vindictive torturers holding spears, axes and swords with the dexterity of knights.

Teruzzi Collection

Isola Bianca Vernaccia di San Gimignano - € 14.00

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Past, present and future come together at Teruzzi - a state-of-the-art winery dedicated to exploring the most innovative solutions to produce high quality wines while respecting the local heritage and ancient history of Tuscany’s great winemaking tradition. Teruzzi epitomizes the vision of the Moretti family – a commitment to advancing estates with a strong place of origin, heritage, nobility and personality, like that of San Gimignano - a true medieval jewel, and its most precious resource - Vernaccia.

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.

Sensory features: Balanced, with elegant tones, this wine has fruited and mineral notes typical of this variety. The taste is pleasant and complex, with an excellent balance between acidity, structure and persistency, and in which alternating floral and citrus notes highlight the most authentic qualities of this variety. A note of almond gives this wine a characteristic finish

Technical notes

Grape variety: 100% Vernaccia di San Gimigniano

Terroir: A perfect blend of Teruzzi’s vines, with grapes from both the Racciano and Ponte Rondolino locations, where deep soils of Pliocene origin show the presence of clay.

Winemaking: Grape skin maceration in press for one night, with soft pressing the day after the harvest, cold settling of the must, and alcoholic fermentation at a controlled temperature of 16°C in stainless steel. 4 - 5 months in stainless steel at controlled temperature.

Food Pairing: It would pair well with pairing with braised squid with tomatoes and peas.

Alcohol content: 13%




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Peperino Toscana Rosso - € 14.80

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Peperino is represented by a rabbit knight holding a spear and shield and riding a hybrid creature, a snail with a human head. Drolleries, babewyns, antics with mysterious meanings or no meanings at all, hybrid creatures, monstrous medieval creations, or just the product of the amanuenses’ irony: A tribute to the symbols and the art of the illuminated manuscripts of the Gothic period.

Sensory featuresThe nose reads a good intensity and persistence, with woody notes that blend harmoniously with the wine’s fruity elements. A full wine with a pleasant, distinctive character, strong tannin notes, but well-balanced to the fruit, and a long aftertaste.

Technical notes

Grape varieties: 60% Sangiovese & 40 Merlot

WinemakingDestemming of grapes and alcoholic fermentation/maceration in conic barrels of 77 hl at a temperature of 28°C, followed by racking.

Food pairingThis spicy Tuscan red should pair well with beef dishes and matured cheese.

Ageing12 months, partly in stainless steel and partly in third-fourth use French oak barrique or tonneau, followed by 6 months of ageing in vats.

Alcohol content: 13.5%

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