Country: Tuscany - Italy
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.