After our visit to Monteraponi, we were interested in exploring more Tuscan wines. Monteraponi owner Michele Braganti (who lives in Florence) recommended that we visit Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina in Florence for a wine tasting (he also sent us with a handwritten note to their owner asking them to take special care of us, which was a nice touch).
It was pouring rain by the time we got back to Florence, so the wine bar turned out to be the perfect spot to spend an afternoon inside. We have found that the “other side” of Florence (south of the Arno) is less touristy and usually a better experience and Enoteca Pitti was no exception. Rare and small-production wines line the walls from floor to ceiling, and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
We tried two of their tasting flights and it was an extremely informative experience. The first was the “40 Years of Chianti” tasting, which featured one wine from each of the past four decades. Our host explained that in the 1970’s, the DOC laws allowed a percentage of white wine grapes (Trebbiano was most common) in Chianti wines. The resulting wines were more acidic than modern Chianti, which is likely why some are still drinkable today. The second tasting was a regional comparison, including red wines from Chianti, Montalcino, and Piedmont.
Enoteca Pitti also serves food to accompany the wine tastings. The main kitchen closes in the afternoon, but they serve a menu of small bites. Their focaccia and the prosciutto with truffled blue cheese was perfect. Michele highly recommended their main restaurant, Osteria dell’Enoteca for its Bistecca Fiorentina (we sadly did not make it to the Osteria, but it’s on our must-do list for our next trip). The Enoteca also has a wine club that ships internationally. We’re confident their selections would be incredible.
If you’re interested in Italian wine, be sure to check out our visits to Monteraponi and other wineries here. Also some of our favorite books on Italian wine here, here, and here. For more of our “South of the Arno” picks, check out this hotel and its restaurant.