As the capital of one of Italy’s best wine-producing regions, Florence has no shortage of enoteche (wine bars), from simple places pouring chianti from the barrel to sophisticated spots serving hard-to-find boutique vintages. Here are seven of the best wine bars in the city, where they serve fine wines as well as flavorful antipasti - and where you might run into locals on a wine break.
A serious wine bar carrying lesser-known labels from Tuscany, Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina features a knowledgeable staff and unbeatable views of Pitti Palace from the outdoor deck. Pasta, cheese, and charcuterie all come from the region and pair beautifully with their local wines.
A no-frills wine bar near the Ponte Vecchio where you can sample and purchase vintages from over 150 small producers from all over Italy, Le volpi e l’uva also offers wine-tasting classes and first-class antipasti. Each and every one of their wines is carefully selected for its quality and harmony of taste. A favorite spot among wine experts and novices alike.
Despite its tourist-friendly location at the San Lorenzo market, this pint-sized wine bar is usually packed with locals and local artists. Friendly owners Gianni and Nicoletta know how to keep the conversation (and the wine) flowing as they serve up made-to-order panini and crostini. The wine list includes a fascinating mix of high-profile and boutique producers from all over Italy.
Owned and run by the aristocratic Frescobaldi family, who have been in the winemaking business for over 700 years, this sleek wine bar is a relaxing place to sample the house wines served at their upscale restaurant next door. They feature a great selection of wine flights from Tuscany, including Sangiovese, Montalcino, and SuperTuscans, along with interesting white and sparkling wines.
The owners of Il Grappolo, a traditional osteria-wine bar in the quiet Campo di Marte neighborhood, take pride in stocking their cellar with rare vintages from the region that pair well with the classic Tuscan dishes on the reasonably-priced menu. Charming, rustic, and Florentine to the core.
A modern restaurant-wine bar in the heart of the old city, Coquinarius has made a name for itself thanks to its impressive list of both famous and lesser-known Tuscan vintners and its impeccable antipasti. Stylish decor — vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, antique furniture — and a menu of seasonal Tuscan dishes with a contemporary twist also make this a good choice for a full meal (especially at lunchtime when it’s not so crowded).
The casual sister location of Il Santo Bevitore 88, Il Santino is a laid-back wine bar and beloved happy hour destination set in a former wine cellar in Santo Spirito, a charming district on the south side of the Arno River. Expect an interesting selection of high-quality wines paired with fabulous cured meats and cheeses, most of which are sourced from small, local producers. The menu also features wine pairing suggestions and plenty of options by the glass.