Posted by: debrakolkka | December 26, 2009

Enoteca – Bagni di Lucca

Italy’s reputation in the wine community has risen dramatically in the last 40 years, with the emergence of “super Tuscan” wine and the discovery of premium regions such as Piedmont in the north-west and Montepulciano and Montalcino in Tuscany.

Naturally, in our travels throughout Italy, we have spent quite a bit of time trying local wines.

We are gradually accumulating a modest collection of Italian wine from our trips;  but the brief exposure to the various wine areas merely whets the appetite for more, which leads to Vinoteca in La Villa, one kilometre up river from Ponte Serraglio.  It is a wonderful resource in the village and is very well stocked with a comprehensive range of wines from all corners of Italy.  Additionally, it has a range of wines from other major wine producing areas, principally France.

Nonsolovino; La Villa's Enoteca

The wines available cover  great price range.  On Jim’s last visit, a regular elderly customer arrived with his own container to be refilled. No problem.  At less than 2 euro per litre, how can you go wrong?  On Jim’s enquiry, the customer said the wine was very good (The proprietor was present).  On our next visit we will put it to the test.

Guido Bracci, the proprietor, is very welcoming and has an excellent knowledge of wine generally; and Italian wine in particular.  His English is enough to enable you to make an informed purchase.  Jim has never had any difficulty in communicating what he is after in wine and we have been very happy with Guido’s recommendations.  Now if we could just work out his opening hours it would be perfect.

Guido Bracci, proprietor of Nonsolovino

Nonsolovino means  – not only wine.  The shop also stocks an excellent range of local olive oil and other specialities from the area.

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