Friday, May 13, 2016

6 wine shops in Turin

All wine lovers of the world! The first Italian word - after vino or wine, of course! - you must learn in Italian is: enoteca or wine shop ;)

Because we are always asked for wine shop recommendations, finally here you have our enoteca list. 
Many grocery stores all around Italy sell some good wines, some chains, especially the downtown branches in Turin, also have small winery ones, but if you are looking for some special boutique wines, then just go to one of the following places where we shop ourselves :D

inside Enoteca Rizzollo 
This enoteca or wine shop has two locations, one is in the Porta Susa station area. They sell many Piedmontese wines, even small productions and, given extra time, will special order whatever you'll need. They are very nice and also carry other Italian regional and international wines. Besides all sort of wines, they have a special section for collectors, beers, grappas and hard liquors.

inside Enoteca Piana in Via Garibaldi 38
The name of this wine shop means Prodotti (products) Internazionali (international) Alcolici (with an alcoholic content) and Non Alcolici (alcohol free). This shop was actually born also as a distributor in the early 1900s. Today this is where many restaurants get their most refined wines and you'll find not only the tiniest productions from Piedmont but also wines and spirits from the rest of Italy and many other countries.

This is one of Turin's oldest wine shops dating back to 1890! At the beginning, the Parola brothers were bottling the wines and won many national and international awards. Today, there are two very central locations in Turin, one near the Egyptian museum and the other one closer to the Porta Nuova station. This last one is one of Turin's historical shops: the furniture is still the original one and the ceiling fresco is from 1927. In the other location there is though a bar and in the warmer months you can sit outside and enjoy a nice aperitif with some of the best wines and snacks. They have all kind of Italian and French wines and whiskeys. 

This wine shop is located in Corso Marconi, so you'll need to ride the subway or take a nice walk from the Porta Nuova station area to explore it and, as you can see, it's fully worth it.
Besides wines from every Italian region, they also have beers and cocktails. In the shop there is also a wine bar where regular wine tastings, wine quizzes and wine games are organized together with aperitifs and traditional merenda sinoira or Piedmontese early dinners. Usually, more wine/beer/cocktail glasses are included in the apericena buffet... :P
If your time in Turin allows it, you might want to check out their regional wine nights with specific wines and foods of the chosen Italian region.
... as for us, our eye got instantly caught by the huge size of the Gattinara bottle and the very pleasant atmosphere!

Of course, in Turin there had to be a reference to Barolo and this wine shop and restaurant located right downtown, near pedestrian Via Lagrange is most definitely a place to visit! They have a large selection of over 1,000 wines and spirits from Italy and abroad; they also sell regional specialties and you can savor their wines on site. In fact, in the restaurant, they can prepare small seasonal dishes to pair with a wine tasting but also nice full Italian relaxed dinners.

Even though this is a chain you'll find anywhere in Italy, it is a nice wine shop because it carries small regional wine productions too. The management deals directly with the winemakers and in the central Via Lagrange location you'll conveniently find many interesting labels.
Signor Vino is also a wine bar where they organize vertical and horizontal wine tastings pairing wines with seasonal specialties and, naturally, there is also a restaurant inside a fake - yett very scenic Renaissance-like courtyard.

Now all you need is fly over to get your wine and remember: wine tastes better when drunk in its own production region;)


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