antiche-dimore-fiorentine-bacco-nudo-2Whoever is in town and loves good wine, should stop at least once at Bacco Nudo, a small store selling wine, olive oil and local products, located in the Santa’Ambrogio district, in Via dei Macci 59 (red). Founded in 2005 thanks to Roberto Ermini (who still runs the place), the shop was among the first businesses to start the sale of bulk wine in Florence.

The innovation has allowed to lower substantially the cost of the product – which previously was only marketed in branded bottles, and had higher costs – without having to sacrifice the quality of the typical Tuscan wine.

As evidence of the above, it is enough to say that since 2008 Bacco Nudo is reviewed by the most important international touring guides, appears on several specific portals on the Internet, and has often been the subject of television reports. All this without even owning a website, because Roberto Ermini “does not know how to deal with those things”.

antiche-dimore-fiorentine-bacco-nudo-3Today, at Bacco Nudo, it is possible to buy quality bulk wine for prices ranging from 3 to 4.60 euro per liter, or from 2.30 to 3.50 euro per bottle. It is advisable to bring from home the bottles to be filled from the keg but, for a few cents more, one can buy them on site.

Although marketing some great primitivo from Puglia and some excellent white wines from Friuli, the selection of bulk wine at Bacco Nudo mainly focuses on Tuscan products, purchased from small local producers. In fact, as we learn from Mr. Roberto, “transport has a big impact on the cost of wine” and “good wines from larger companies are overpriced, for low prices one only gets the junk”.

After trying the whole shop’s wine selection, I would strongly recommend the Rosso di Montalcino and the Rosso di Montepulciano, two classics of the Tuscan tradition.

See you soon with the next updates on wine tasting and production!

Yours truly Brunello Della Rovere