In addition to its artistic and cultural treasures, Milan is an eclectic mix of venues, where you can taste the best vintages. Here are a few useful addresses where you can sip the finest wines and bubbly…cheers! Our wine tour starts from the picturesque Brera district, home to Enoteca Cotti at No. 42 via Solferino and Enoteca Moscatelli, at No. 93 corso Garibaldi. These are two timeless reference points for upscale drinking in the city, patronized by savvy Milanese connoisseurs. The former is a well-stocked store for aficionados of high-quality sparkling wine, while the latter, located just a short distance from Moscova, the line 2 subway stop, is one of the favourite haunts of barflies (T: 02 6554602). Another go-to destination, located just steps from Sant’Ambrogio, is Enoteca Ronchi, where you will find not only the vintages of the best-known wineries (for those who are pressed for time), but also discover the names of new up-and-coming ones (for more leisurely visitors).
Gran Cru, the new wine bar of Enoteca Ronchi, where wine lovers and grape aficionados can sample new labels and purchase the products of renowned companies, is also worth a mention. Thanks to its wide range of wines by the glass, you can now customize your wine tasting experience, further enhancing it by pairing your wine of choice with dishes and nibbles created on the spot. In addition countless Milanese restaurants are renowned for their great wine lists and well-stocked cellars. A perfect example is Da Berti (only in Italian), an oasis of peace and elegance since 1866. The restaurant is set in green surroundings in the heart of the centre. La Cantina Piemontese, another noteworthy example, offers a perfect mixture of quality and history because, unknown to many, it stands on the site that formerly housed the so-called ‘laghett de Milan’, where the boats transporting the Candoglia marble used to build the Duomo, docked. Finally, if you happen to find yourself in Milan’s picturesque ‘Chinatown’ district and wish to indulge in a trademark Aperitivo in an informal setting, make sure to head to Cantine Isola (T: 023315249).
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