Actually the name of many different varietals found in the northern reaches of Italy. The root form of Vernaccia in Latin can mean both vernacular and indigenous, and many vines were cataloged by this name. The most famous of these is the Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the great white wine of Tuscany, and when the name Vernaccia is thrown around this is usually what is being referred to. Wines from the Vernaccia di San Gimignano have a lovely mix of bitter almonds, tangy acidity and a straw-yellow color that screams "riches in a glass." Other versions of Vernaccia include the light frizzante red wines of Vernaccia di Serrapetrona found in The Marches on the Adriatic coast and Vernaccia di Cagliari which is a fortified wine similar to sherry that can be found on the island of Sardinia.