San Miniato sits atop three hills that overlook the Arno valley, which creates an optimal microclimate for vines and olives, as well as for the world famous precious white truffle. The territory of San Miniato has been planted with vines since Roman Times (back then about 600 hectares, or about 1500 acres) and there are many authors who tell the 2,000 year-long history of viticulture. These lands are suited for all local and well known Tuscan varieties: Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Sanforte, Colombana, Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca. There are also international varieties that have taken to the territory, like Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet.
The territory of San Miniato is crossed by the Via Francigena, ancient road used by pilgrims, who left from Canterbury to reach Rome. A walk in the nature, among the treasures of art and history, today destination of many excursions.
The “Vignaioli of San Miniato”
In 2007, a few local winemakers (“vignaioli”) decided to promote together the wine of San Miniato, relatively unknown by wine lovers. Then the group of “Vignaioli di San Miniato” was born and continues to thrive to this day.