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6 best wine shops in Florence Downtown, and something more...

In Florence the word wine is fundamental: it is a square full of stimuli, it is the secret of happiness. This is demonstrated by the fact that the city hosts important wine events every year such as the Chianti Classico Collection, Vino è, Chianti Lovers (the preview of Chianti), but also Food & Wine in Progress. wine is fundamental in the lily city. And if every month there is God Save The Wine in the most prestigious hotels and venues, it makes you understand how important the nectar of Bacchus is here. Florence is the city where Chianti Classico has become a board game where you can discover a wine and a territory in 360 questions. The Enoteca Pinchiorri was born in Florence, one of the most famous restaurants in the world, in whose cellar the best wines on the world scene are preserved. And let’s not forget the passionate and engaging evenings with thousands of tastings spread across restaurants and wine bars, which are always sold out. Our journey takes you into the universe of Florentine wine, between historic wine shops and other new generation ones, all with one philosophy: making good wine, producers and the territory that represents them known.

Ciro Beligni, Riccardo Comparini and Emilio Monechi are celebrating their silver wedding with wine, given that 25 years have passed since the opening of this wine shop and wine bar, opened on a bet and which has become a true temple of wine. You cross Ponte Vecchio to sit on a stool and browse through the new labels and perhaps taste a new French cheese. If you’re lucky you can also taste the ABC 2015, a wine born from Ciro’s passion together with Adriano Zago and Bernardo Conticelli, made with 100% organic Sangiovese grapes, from old vineyards, fermented in amphora, wood and steel.

Opposite Palazzo Pitti is this wine bar with kitchen, created on the remains of an antiquarian bookshop and managed with grace and competence by Edoardo Fioravanti & Company. Pitti Gola has a particular attraction for Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, a few selected dishes with character, which are accompanied by old and new vintages. Furthermore, if you join the Wine Club, the cellar selections will arrive at your home.

Near Ponte Vecchio there is Obsequium, a real wine boutique. A small paradise for lovers of bubbles, where you can find Champagne, Franciacorta, Trento DOC and many fine labels. In addition to wine, here you can also find the accessories to best serve it, such as glacette” wine keeper”, professional corkscrews and decanters, and they have a small selection of quality gastronomic products. The wine shop is also a pleasant meeting point where you can stop for an aperitif, combining a glass of wine with excellently made cured meats.

Rooms dedicated to art host important wines in this wine shop in downtown, managed by the Alessi family since 1952. The bottle shop, as the sign says, is part of the Esercizi Storici Fiorentini. If you can stop for a tasting as soon as you cross the threshold, it is upon entering the cellar that a world opens up: 2,500 selected wine labels, for a wine journey that you will remember for a long time.

TheAntinori wine bar was opened in 1957 on the ground floor of Palazzo Antinori, a Renaissance palace from the 1400s. The Antinori family has been engaged in the art of wine making for over six centuries, starting in 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri, the Florentine Guild of Winemakers. Rinuccio di Antinoro is recorded as making wine at the Castello di Combiate near the Tuscan town of Calenzano in 1180.

For over 700 years and 30 generations the Marchesi de’Frescobaldi have been making wines in Italy. Today, their estates number 11 and produce a variety of high quality wines distributed to over 65 countries worldwide. They have also won numerous awards for their wines throughout the world. With over 150 different wines on our wine list, you are spoilt for choice! An extensive list of our Frescobaldi wines are available by the glass or try one of our ‘Wine Flights’ – 3 different wines by the glass, each vinified and aged in a unique way and from a different estate or region. Or just chose a bottle of your favourite to enjoy with your meal.

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