In 1998, following the successful wine sales at Bar Dante, Fabrizio and Carolyn opened a separate wine store, Enoteca Toscana, in Radda’s main high street, Via Roma. Specializing also in olive oil and other typical local products, the business steadily acquired a loyal clientele, as Fabrizio’s knowledge and passion continued to inspire and inform customers from all over the world.
In 2010, Enoteca Toscana relocated to Via Roma, 4, a more spacious, charming setting, closer to Bar Dante. The store is naturally air-conditioned, while the majority of the stock is preserved in an underground cellar close by, to guarantee perfect climatic conditions for wine conservation.
Fabrizio is regularly invited to introduce Tuscan wines to tour groups, and his enthusiasm and excellent language skills always ensure an entertaining talk. More recently, due to popular demand, he is also requested to give balsamic vinegar tastings, together with an appreciation of local olive oils. Having sourced the best Traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena, the award winning Acetaia di Giorgio, Fabrizio treats customers to the 12 and 25 year old balsamics together with a slice of parmesan, or maybe even gelato. He is also proud to present one of Tuscany’s finest D.O.P. olive oils, that of Franco Bardi, which is not only delicious, but one of the first extra virgin olive oils to be pressed, available for sale from early October.
In the slower, winter months, Fabrizio and Carolyn regularly update their customers with the latest wine recommendations, visiting all the major wine fairs, notably “Benvenuto Brunello”, in February , the most important presentation of the new Brunello di Montalcino vintage. Favourite producers include La Cerbaiona, Soldera, Ciacci Piccolomini, Biondi Santi, Salvioni, Talenti, ValdiCava and CastelGiocondo.
Faithful too to the native Chianti Classico, local wines are constantly tasted and reviewed annually, and many farms collaborate in order to allow the Enoteca to match, and even beat their own direct sale prices. Fabrizio additionally offers a 10% discount on all cases, full or mixed, with free local delivery, or worldwide shipments at competitive prices, with trusted couriers.
Top quality SuperTuscans are increasingly sought- after, and for this reason Enoteca Toscana stocks the best vintages of these wines, which include Sassicaia, Ornellaia (anche Masseto), Tignanello, Oreno, Flaccianello, Percarlo, Cepparello, 50&50, Argentiera, Orma, Le Pergole Torte, which are often also available in magnum and double magnum formats.