Local Food & Wine Recommendations

Below is a small list of local food and wine recommendations from our helpful English-speaking Property Manager and long-time resident/wine-maker Lawrence d’Almeida


 

WINE TASTING ON YOUR OWN – Close-by:

  • I suggest you first go to Poggerino, morning would be best. The owner and winemaker there is Piero Lanza, he is the one who rents the La Malpensatina vineyards, which he farms bio-dynamically and from which he makes delicious, and renowned, Chianti Classico. Call John Sprat at the winery office (0577 738 958), he is American; tell him you are staying at La Malpensatina. He will tell you how to get to the winery, about 13 minutes away.
  • Another close-by winery worth the visit in Casalvento, American-owned, with very modern production facilities and excellent wines (try the beautiful 100% ‘Purosangue’). Call Alberto, the Manager, to arrange a tasting (0577 738 967). 4 minutes away (turn left on the asphalt road, away from Radda, on the left after a mile is the well-marked winery)

 

WINE TASTING ON YOUR OWN – A little farther afield:

  • Le Fonti in Panzano, the wines as lovely as the owners, very much family-run in the best way (055 852 194). Perfect before a lunch a Dario’s (see below).
  • Fontodi, just below Panzano. One of Chianti Classico’s best-known of all. Reservations a must (055 852 005).
  • Riecine. I would vote this the most consistently excellent winery in Chianti. Winemaker is the brilliant Sean O’Callaghan. Located above Gaiole, not easy to find but worth it! Call 0577 749 098.

Always feel free to contact Lawrence (lawrence@wineandchianti.com) if you are interested in booking a private VIP Wine tour or have any questions.


 

RESTAURANTS AND FOOD

  • Le Panzanelle. 0577 733 511. Excellent local food and great value. In Lucarelli, below Radda (15 minutes from La Malpensatina) on the way to Panzano/Greve. Closed on Mondays; reservations a must. Al fresco weather permitting.
  • Dario Cecchini. 055 852 020. A phenomenon in his own right, and the most famous butcher in the world. Dario+ at lunch (bunless burger and more, get there early), Solociccia on week-end evenings (more meat than you can eat, very reasonable fixed price, bring your own wine with no corkage fee). In Panzano (20 minutes away).
  • food_peopleEnoteca Fuoripiazza. 055 854 6313. The best restaurant in Greve, a little ways from the main piazza, which is itself the loveliest in Chianti perhaps. You can’t go wrong here, great wine list as well. Half-hour drive.
  • La Cantinetta di Rignana. 055 852 601. A country restaurant some 20 minutes from Panzano (40 minutes from La Malpensatina), down a 2km dirt road, al fresco with the most marvelous views of the dream-like Tuscan landscape. Classic local food.
  • For simpler fare, go to the Bar Dante at the back end of Radda (closest to La Malpensatina). They have an excellent wine shop as well.
  • For groceries, aside from the local COOP supermarket, go to Porciatti, at the proper entrance to town. They also have an excellent, separate wine shop.
  • The best local food market is that of Greve on Saturday mornings. It is being increasingly invaded by cheap house goods and clothes, like most village markets in Italy, but is still worth the visit.

Always feel free to contact Lawrence (lawrence@wineandchianti.com) if you are interested in booking a private VIP Wine tour or have any questions.