Florence Wine Bars

The Wine Culture

Wine has always played an important role in Florentine life, for centuries and centuries and wine bars are most often full at lunch and aperitivo time and can be one of two types. First there are fiaschetteria, mescita or vineria, which are tiny street booths with virtually no seating, serving basic Tuscan wines and food snacks. These sit comfortably alongside the second types, the new, upmarket enoteche that tend to offer more of a wider range of Italian and renowned international wines.

Nearly all wine bars have a selection of wines by the glass and eats of some description ranging from basic panini and crostini to sophisticated snacks and full course meals. Traditional places tend to stay open all day, closing around dinner time, while many of the newer ones stay open till late, particularly when they serve meals. The difference in price between a bottle consumed there and if you take it away ranges between 20-30% in most places.

Florence and the culture of ‘enoteche’ or wine bars has been steadily increasing over the past few years, and has become a very popular fashion amongst young people. Often, however, the places are run by people who know hardly anything about wine and are often out just to make money from unsuspecting victims.. Furthermore, their small nothing out of the ordinary range of wines are often accompanied by mediocre food, so beware that all that glitters isn’t gold!

However, you can find some absolutely fantastic, authentic enoteche, take a look:

When in Florence, it is definitely a ‘must’ to enjoy the atmosphere of the typical Tuscan Enoteche or wineries. In this page we’ve selected for you the best ones either in Florence or in the hills around… Cin Cin

Enoteca Ponte Vecchio
V. Corso dei Tintori, 21/r
Phone: 055 246 6848
Website: Enoteca Ponte Vecchio

In the heart of Florence, in an antique building of the 1500’s, Antonella, Luisella and Simonetta welcome you to their wine shop. In a friendly and lively atmosphere they may introduce you to the finest wine culture of Florence and Italy: here you can find the best labels of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, chosen from the most famous Tuscan wineries. A place of honor has been put aside for the prestigious Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Solaia, Tignanello, Bruno di Rocca.

Enoteca La Sosta del Rossellino
Via del Rossellino, 2r
Phone: 055 697 245 – Settignano
Website: Enoteca La Sosta del Rossellino
Open only in the evening – Reservation suggested – Closed on Sundays.

Located outside the city the Enoteca del Rossellino is a place to relax with a glass of italian wine with tipical Italian and Tuscan dishes (Gnocchi, Tortelli, Pici, etc.). In Winter in front of a big fireplace and in summer on our veranda with a view over the “harmonius hills” of Settignano (where Michelangelo grew up…) this is the perfect place for birthday parties etc and an aperitivo from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Vini del Chianti I Fratellini
Via de’ Cimatori, 38/r
Opening hours: from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Closed Sunday

I Fratellini (the little brothers), is one of the very few hole-in-the-wall vinaii left today and probably the best place in the historical centre where you can drink a good wine for a fair price!. Founded in 1875, it is hidden away beheind Piazza Signoria. There is hardly any room to sit as the little bar has actually been set up in the doorway to the cellar. Only Tuscan wines are served accompanied, if you wish, by crostini, slices of ham, salami and local specialities. We definitely suggest this place!

Enoteca de’ Giraldi
Via dè Giraldi 4/r
Phone/Fax: 055 216 518
Website: Enoteca de’ Giraldi
Open: from 11:00 to 1:00 every day except Sunday

Wine tasting, Tuscan cooking lessons, winery excursions are just some of the many interesting activities organized here. In their website (complete and extremely well organized) you can easily find all information you need for an unforgettable Tuscan experience!

Piazza Santa Croce, 25-26/r
Phone: 055 243 640
Closed on Monday

Located in the wonderful Santa Croce square, this wine bar offers a big selection of the best wines… Moreover good gastronomic choice: Italian and French cheeses, salads, salami… Prices are quite high but we suggest you to visit this place: wines are excellent and the the location is really perfect!…

Casa del Vino
Via dell’ Ariento, 16/r
Tel: 055 215 609
Open from: 9am-14.30pm, 5pm – 8pm, Mon-Fri, 9am-2.30pm Sat. Closed Sunday.

Popular among locals and tourists alike for its outstanding selection of wines, cheeses and sandwiches, this wine bar always draws a crowd.

Le volpi e l’uva
Piazza dei Rossi, 1r
Phone: 055 239 8132
Website: Le volpi e l’uva
Closed on Sunday

Located near the Ponte Vecchio, this enoteque is one of the best in town. Wide and top quality choice of Italian and French wines, tastes of cheese, salami… If you are a connoisseur this ‘tastes boutique’ is definitely made for you!

Via Ricasoli 38-40r
Phone: 055 211 296
Closed on Sunday

Very nice enoteca in the historical centre of Florence. Wide choice of wines and excellent warm dishes are served here. Prices are good, especially for lunch!!!

Enoteca Baldovino
Via San Giuseppe, 18r
Phone 055 234 7220
Website: Enoteca Baldovino
Closed on Monday

Crostini, hot panini, cheeses, salads, good wines, pasta…with fair prices, good quality and a nice atmosphere. Very close to Santa Croce Square.

Coquinaros Wine Bar
15r Via delle Oche
Phone: 055 230 2153

A well known enoteque of Italian, Californian, Chilean and Argentine wines. At every hour of the day you can taste here cold dishes, such as meat or fish carpaccios, avocado salads, feta cheese, nuts and carrots; warm first courses and also wonderful cakes (cheese, chocolate and fruit cakes…)!

Enoteca Fuoriporta
Via Monte alle Croci, 10/r
Phone: 055 234 2483
Website: Enoteca Fuoriporta
Open: 12.30-15.30 / 19-0.30. Closed on Sunday

Excellent wine bar located in the very charming district of San Niccolò. In their official website you can buy on-line Italian, French and international wines for good prices!…

Via delle Porte Nuove, 50
Phone: 055 354 350
Website: Enotria

This is a unique wine bar with more than 400 different types of wines, special gastronomic corner with Italian and French cheeses…a must!

Vinoteca al Chianti
Via Cassia, 2
Phone: 055 237 3267
Website: Vinoteca al Chianti

Very closed to the Certosa di Firenze, this ‘vinoteca’ show room is an important meeting point for wine-connoisseurs…Wine Courses are organized here…

Cantinetta dei Verrazzano
Via dei Tavolini 18-20r
Phone: 055 268 590
Website:Cantinetta dei Verrazzano

This gastrodome near the Ponte Vecchio incorporates a deli offering wonderful sausages and cold meats, a bakery, a coffee bar and a sales outlet for the wines of the prestigious Chianti vineyards of Castello di Verrazzano. Solitary diners and those short of time will appreciate the Cantinetta dei Verrazzano’s convenience, as well as the delectable specialities, including savoury filled foccacia bread and a delicious array of crostini and cold meats, which can be sampled with the estate’s wines at the tables. The decor is warm and inviting, with rustic yet elegant terracotta floors, marble surfaces and dark wood furnishings.

Lungarno Corsini 12r
Phone: 055 210 751
Website: Capocaccia

One of the best American bars in town…go there and order the best wine/champagne you want and you are guaranteed a fantastic time. Choose between Champagne Cristal Rosé, Billecart Salmon Rosé, Brunello di Montalcino and many more………….

Via Ghibellina, 87
Phone: 055 242 757
Website: Pinchiorri

The most elegant enoteque-restaurant in Florence (and perhaps in Italy…). Here you can spend for a dinner around anything from 206 euros to 1032 euros – or even more it depends by the wines you choose…

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