The Italian dessert wine, Vin Santo, is known as “holy wine” or what I like to call it – angels tears… It’s that amazing. The first time I sipped a Vin Santo was in Italy what feels like a million years ago. It blew my brain then and has remained one of my favorite Italian dessert wines since.
Vin Santo is sweet Italian dessert wine that has a nutty caramel flavoring with a deep golden color. It’s traditionally made from white wine grapes, particularly Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes and is unique to the Tuscany region in Italy. It can be made as a single variate of blended with both grapes. You may also Vin Santo made from the Sangiovese grape, which is a red wine grape. This version of Vin Santo will have a pink-ish hue.
What’s more unique is how Vin Santo is made.
How Vin Santo is Made
The techniques used to make Vin Santo may be a result of a small miracle but it’s believed to have earned its title as “Holy Wine” since the grapes were traditionally pressed and fermented during Holy Week (between Palm Sunday and Easter).
Vin Santo Recommendations
I have yet to have a bad Vin Santo, call me lucky or that they’re literally all bottled up miracles… Here are a few I do love and recommend for your next dessert wine pairing. (Castellare was the first Vin Santo I ever sipped in Italy!) Learn about more of your favorites wines in our Wine 101 section.