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Pronounced ver-naht-chah, the name is derived from the word “vernaculum”, the Latin term for indigenous. A grape varietal used in the production of white wine. Although the origin is thought to be Greek, it is grown significantly in the Tuscany region of Italy. Cultivated primarily in Tuscany’s Sand Gimignano and Sardegua’s Val Di Tirso. The Vernaccia varietal is most widely known for its part in the production of Vernaccia de San Gimignano wine, the first wine to be classified as an Italian D.O.C. in 1966; it later became classified as an elite D.O.C.G. wine. Although the Vernaccia grape is grown in several Italian districts, the grape from the town of San Gamignano is the most famous.