Where to drink natural wines in Florence? Let’s first discover a brief overview of Italian natural wine history.
“Vanilla (very oaked ed.) wines are worse than plastic surgery because while plastic surgery alters only the body, wine loses its soul with added aromas.” This is one of the most famous quotes from “Mondovino” (2004), the iconic movie by the french-american documentarist Jonathan Nossiter exploring the impact of globalization on the wine world.
Natural wine is more than just a trend in Italy; the movement boasts several pioneers from the postwar period, but has gained a solid identity from the beginning of the 2000s. Since, it has been radically changing the way wine is conceived, not only in terms of flavor but also from a political perspective.
By using organic or biodynamic methods, these wines remain free from pesticides and herbicides, resulting in a product that is not only healthier and environmentally friendly but also has a unique taste that genuinely reflects the authenticity of the terroir – the mix of soil, climate, and local grape varieties.
Unlike conventional winemaking, which at times includes the use of additives to manipulate the wine’s taste and appearance, natural winemaking lets the grapes and terroir speak for themselves.
Additionally, it is a way to support small, independent wineries, unlike the mass-produced wines from large corporations that dominate the market. Some of the Italian key wineries that have contributed to this movement are Emidio Pepe, Lino Maga, Rinaldi, Soldera, Valentini, Dettori, Gravner, Oasi degli Angeli, La Stoppa, Luigi Tecce, Cascina degli Ulivi, Angiolino Maule, and more recently Arianna Occhipinti, Stefano Amerighi, and Walter Massa, among many others.
BEST NATURAL WINE BARS IN FLORENCE
What are the best natural wine bars in Florence? Discover a list of the best natural wine bars, wine shops and restaurants to drink natural wine in Florence.
– Vino al Vino (Wine Bar & Wine Shop)
– Enoteca Spontanea (Wine Restaurant)
– Il Carduccio (Wine Bar)
– Casa del Vino (Wine Shop)
– Vineria Sonora (Wine Bar)
– Enoteca Bruni (Wine Restaurant)
VINO AL VINO (Wine Bar & Wine Shop)
Among the best natural wine bars, Vino al Vino, the wine shop and wine bar in Via Borgo Ognissanti 70 R, a stone’s throw from Santa Maria Novella station, cannot be missing.
The welcoming and laid back wine bar & wine shop, led by its Italian-American patron Carmela Batacchi and natural wine expert Cosimo Giuntini, offers a small but refined selection of wine labels from artisanal boutique wineries that varies constantly. This allows customers to always find new original and rare labels from the world of Italian natural wines and a small selection of french wines (jura & champagne mainly).
In the wine bar it is also possible to buy and ship bottles and it is great to have an aperitif with plates of artisanal cheeses (one of the best selection in town) and cured meats embellished with special ingredients. With full rights among the best natural wine bars in Florence.
Borgo Ognissanti, 70R,
Open every day from 11am – 3pm / 4.30pm – 9pm
on Sunday: 3pm – 9 pm
ENOTECA SPONTANEA (Restaurant)
Among the best natural wine bars in Florence to consider Enoteca Spontanea in Via Maggio 61r, near Piazza Santo Spirito.
The structure, run by the expert sommelier Nicola and the chef Irene, is furnished in a welcoming vintage style and offers an interesting selection of natural wines, ranging from cult labels to niche products.
At Enoteca Spontanea it is also possible to have an aperitif with cheeses and cold cuts and eat the captivating dishes proposed by Irene. Tuscan cuisine with French echoes, imaginative and balanced. Handmade pasta available daily and vegetarian options. Surely among the best natural wine bars in Florence.
Via Maggio 61 R
055 049 8258
Open Monday to Saturday 17 – 23. Saturday also open for lunch 12-15.
CARDUCCIO - Il Salotto Bio (Bistrot)
Among the natural wine bars to consider Il Carduccio, in Via Sdrucciolo dei Pitti 10R, behind Piazza Pitti.
The bistro-style venue is made up of minimal furnishings with fruit and vegetable boxes on display and offers a small but refined selection of natural wine labels that change every week.
Vegetarian and vegan menu with organic and biodynamic products km 0 which also includes extracts, smoothies, soups, pastries and quiches. Among the best natural wine bars in Florence for those looking for vegan food.
Sdrucciolo de Pitti 10 / R
+ 39 0552382070
Open every day from 8.00 to 19.00. Sunday closing at 5pm.
CASA DEL VINO (Wine Store)
The historic ‘Casa del Vino’ in Via dell’Ariento, in the San Lorenzo district, should be considered among the natural wine bars of Florence
The restaurant led by Gianni and Nicoletta is a small rustic-style room where you can taste natural wines accompanied by platters of cheeses and cold cuts, stuffed focaccias and other typical Tuscan products.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 17 – 01
VINERIA SONORA (Wine Bar)
To be taken into consideration among the natural wine bars in Florence Vineria Sonora, in Via degli Alfani 39 r, in the Sant’Ambrogio district.
The restaurant of the two owners Andrea and Laura consists of a very small and essential room with retro-style chairs and walls filled with bottles of wine and vinyl records. Dynamic natural wine selection that changes every week, and a small assortment of craft beers and spirits.
At Vineria Sonora it is possible to eat platters with organic meats and cheeses and 0 km and vegetarian options. The space also organizes various tastings with wine producers and musical evenings with DJs or small acoustic concerts. Deservedly among the best natural wine bars in Florence.
Mobile: 391 359 8658
Via degli Alfani, 39 r, 50121 Florence
Open Tuesday to Sunday 17 – 01
ENOTECA BRUNI (Fine dining Restaurant)
Among the best natural wine shops in Florence, Enoteca Bruni, in Via Borgo Ognissanti 25 Rosso, near Santa Maria Novella, cannot be missed.
The Bruni brothers’ restaurant and wine shop has an elegant minimal decor with walls covered with shelves of bottles. The kitchen is in a contemporary fine dining style and is divided into 3 menus (3, 5 and 7 courses) embellished with original combinations of natural wines.
The cellar has a very wide assortment, over 3000 exclusively natural wine labels, which include an exhaustive selection of iconic but also rare wines. Fully qualified among the best natural wine shops in Florence
Borgo Ognissanti, 25 R
Open from 7.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday – The Shop from 4pm to 7pm
What are the best natural wine bars in Florence?
What are the best natural wine bar and shop in Florence? Choosing is a difficult undertaking, which however inevitably is subject to the limits of a subjective opinion, which as such, by definition, is deficient and arbitrary.
Therefore, we invite you to visit all the wine bars in Florence, so that you can independently discover and choose your favorite natural wine bars in Florence. If you have had the patience to read this far, thank you for your attention.
Cheers, Salute, Santé
Jean Marco Palmieri