SAN GIMIGNANO: MEDIEVAL TOWN WITH 72 TOWERS
14 of the 72 towers built by wealthy families in the Middle Ages have reached today. This small city, known as the city of high towers at the Medieval times, calls you to take pictures on its narrow streets with its towers and buildings. San Gimignano is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the north west of Siena and it takes almost 45 minutes driving by car. When you come here, you will here a grape named Vernaccia. The word Vernaccia is used for many local wines in Italy, but the original Vernaccia grape grows in San Gimignano. White wine made from local grape named Vernaccia is not my favorite but it is famous. It has a nice acidity and fruity flavor, it is very enjoyable to drink especially on hot summer days.
JUPITER’S BLOOD – SANGUIS JOVIS: CHIANTI WINE
Chianti wine is the general name given to wines produced in this region. The traditional bottle of Chianti wine is sold in a wicker basket. Chianti wine was originally made from a mixture of a few grapes until World War II and mainly from Sangiovese grapes. It is one of the famous beautiful grapes such as Sangioevese, Merlot, Chardonnay and it is especially used in making red wine. This grape is considered to be so acceptable for red wine since ancient times that the word Sangiovese means “Sanguis Jovis“, that is, the Blood of Jupiter. This grape has two important subspecies, these are Sangiovese Grosso and Sangiovese Piccolo. In Italian, Grosso means “big” and Piccolo means “small”.
SINEA AND HOME MADE WINE
Remember that you are in Tuscany, although it is not a famous wine unique to Siena. Almost every family has been making their own wine for generations, and whichever family restaurant you go to in Siena, you will have a good homemade wine. You can read the details about what to do, what to eat and drink in Siena from Tuscany’s Color Palette: Siena.