If you are a wine lover, autumn is the right season to visit wine bars, wine cellars and wine-growing and producing companies in Florence.
If you do not want to or cannot move away from Florence, no worries: not only in the Chianti area but also in the city too you can immerse yourself in wine-producing culture and participate in excellent wine tastings. It is no coincidence, after all, that it is precisely here that the Enoteca Pinchiorri is based; it is a three-star Michelin restaurant, in whose wine cellar the best wines on the worldwide panorama are stored. Here you can take the unique opportunity to treat yourself to one of the best dinners with drinks you’ll have had in your life, but in any case in Florence it will not be too difficult to find more affordable offers. The more traditionalist among you will find a myriad of popular taverns and wine bars with the most prestigious labels in the historic centre of Florence. Here is our selection to ensure you can proceed securely.
Le Volpi e L’Uva is a genuine institution in the city, thanks also to its privileged position, a stone’s throw from the Ponte Vecchio. Here you can find mainly Italian and French wines with particular attention devoted to small-scale producers. Great care is also taken in the choice of the food to combine with the wines, with speciality cheeses, cold cuts and bread by local producers. Remaining on the theme of prestigious locations (but not touristy ones), Pitti Gola & Cantina is located precisely in Piazza Pitti. This small wine bar with its walls carpeted with bottles is endowed with Tuscan, Piedmontese, Venetian, Marche and Sicilian DOCG wines, with a particular preference for Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, combined with a few select, characterful dishes (pittigolaecantina.com). Near the Market of San Lorenzo is La Divina Enoteca, a distinctive venue established on the site of a historic shop specialising in the sale of dried salted cod, part of the Carrara marble furnishings of which still remain in existence today, including 4 marble basins and 4 mascarons, from the mouths of which water still gushes out. Here you can choose from among over 500 labels of wines from all over the world, ranging throughout the national territory but focusing in particular on small-scale local producers.
A stone’s throw from the Cathedral is the Enoteca Alessi, which boasts municipal recognition as an “Esercizio Storico Fiorentino” and was opened in 1952 by the family of the same name. Surrounded by its ancient vaults and wooden beams, you can enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by a salami and cheese board. The wine cellar, measuring around 300 sq.m., holds more than 2500 labels from Italy obviously prevalently Tuscan.
In Borgo, there is L’Enoteca Fiorentina. The walls here are filled with rows and rows of wine bottles, sought-after labels or wines by small-scale producers, often organic or biodynamic. There are also very varied and interesting offers of cuisine to combine with the nectar of Bacchus, with Tuscan dishes and also international invaders such as Pata Negra or Baltic salmon.
On the shelves of the Enoteca Sant’Ambrogio Caffè, a stone’s throw from the famous indoor market of Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, there is room for champagne, Tuscan and national wines and an abundant selection of international labels. The Caffè is now one of the points of reference in Florence for all lovers of good wine, as it boasts one of the best stocked and varied wine cellars in the city. For those who also want to fill their stomachs with something substantial, there is also a bistro service with a kitchen that offers primarily fish dishes.