vin santo


vin san·​to ˈvin-ˈsän-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce vin santo (audio)
variants or Vin Santo
: an amber-colored wine of variable sweetness that is produced in Tuscany from partially dried grapes
In Italy, grapes for vin santo hang from rafters in warm attics for months after the harvest, their juice gradually becoming more concentrated.Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator, 31 Jan. 1993
What I liked best, though, was a glass of Vin Santo, a sweet Tuscan wine made from aged Trebbiano grapes, served with crunchy almond biscotti for dunking.Caroline Bates, Gourmet, May 1988

Word History


borrowed from Italian vinsanto, probably shortened from vino santo literally, "holy wine" or vino di santo "saint's wine"

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vin santo was in 1798

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“Vin santo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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