Le Volpi e l'Uva is a small wine bar tucked away in a small square just minutes from the Ponte Vecchio, in the Oltrearno. It's run by the passionate and knowledgeable trio of wine enthusiasts who have cultivated an incredible selection of high-quality wines from Italy and beyond.
Small and unassuming, Le Volpi e l'Uva can be the site of a quick drink or a long lingering evening with friends. Their wine selection is complemented by small plates of Tuscan meats, an excellent cheese selection that goes beyond your typical Tuscan staples of pecorino and parmigiana and perfect crostones that combine the two into melty goodness.
After hours, they host occasional private wine tastings for small groups. On my visit, Ciro Beligni walked us through an assortment of wines in a blind tasting.
He gave us two pours at a time, allowing us to sip, savor, and compare the wine. As he described the wine to us, he invited us to share our own thoughts. As a wine novice, I was hesitant to jump into this discussion but gamely played along, calling out my impressions when specific flavors struck my palate.
After a few minutes, once we'd described and guessed the origin of the wine, Ciro let us know the true origins and history of the wine while we finished each pour and sampled his seemingly never-ending supply of crostone.
By the end of the evening, I’d discovered a number of wines I knew I wanted to drink again. To my delight, many, though not all, were available for purchase at very reasonable prices (10-15 euros/bottle).