Radda in Chianti
Traditional Tuscan Food
Radda in Chianti
The bar is in the main square of Volpaia, right behind the fountain which the old farmers called “the trough”, where their cows, sheep and horses used to drink. My bar was once a cattleshed, there is a big arch in it where horses were given shelter, while in the other small rooms were kept sheep, goats and poultry. The renovation was done by a friend of mine, Marco Damiani: he was also born in Volpaia and we grew up together. As a true Chianti native, he carried out an invaluable respectful restoration work, bringing out the beauty of our serena stone and of our tradition- and history-laden structures. The bar is made of a hall with an original serena stone hand-worked arch, where you can find the counter, the kitchen and some tables. There are two other rooms, with about 30 seats. Outside, there is an open-air-terrace with 40 seats, facing the square, the church, the bell tower and part of Volpaia’s old tower keep.
My name is Paola Barucci, I was born in Volpaia in1963 and I have always lived here, in this delightful village which still moves me as it did when I was a child... some time ago... My wine bar is called Bar-Ucci: a way to remember how I was probably bound to run a bar with such a family name, and a way to be thankful to mum and dad. When you visit us, you will see the photos both of Volpaia and my family since the ‘40s, showing a poorer though sweeter and truer Chiantiland. My mum Gina makes cakes (and other good things) for me, and my big sister Carla with great care runs the well-known restaurant “La Bottega”, not far from me. Our family also includes Ombra e Pallina, our much-loved dogs. You can easily see them dozing when you get to the square. Unlike my family, I only took up the activity of bar-keeping on March 22nd, 2002, the day I opened my own bar; before that I used to work for wineries, a fascinating world which gave me the opportunity to discover and appreciate my Chiantiland more and more. I must confess it was not easy at the beginning, but now I’m really happy with my bar. It is a special place, a place – as I always put it – run by a genuine, guaranteed quality Chianti native. The best compliment is when my guests and customers tell me that they feel at home (and I am proud to say that many people have made me feel successful in these years with their positive comments). Thanks a lot, to all of you!
Somebody might call me “the sourest girl in Chiantiland”, because I worked for a vinegar factory for a long time... but I didn’t get sour, I only improved my knowledge of something which is really close to wine! In the past I also worked in vineyards: from the harvest of vines to the production of wine. My passion for wines probably started at that time, and now that I have got my own wine bar I can put my experience to good use. My wine list shows my special choices, including wines from different areas of Tuscany, with obviously an eye to “Chianti classico” wine. I know all the wine producers (and their wine-making methods) personally.
Mr. Ferrini is the oenologist who makes a traditional wine, though a very round one, which always suits my customers’ taste.
Riccardo is a lifelong friend, and a crazy vine-dresser, whose expert hands can both make a good product and respect Chianti typology.
Dales the agronomist follows the biodynamic method, which made me appreciate his product even more.
A Geonese in Chiantiland! A kind of wine I really like, made in one of the highest places in Chiantiland.
My friend Gioia is a great oenologist and she makes a woman’s wine: a great wine, as “only” women can do!
Ilaria is the agronomist who runs her wine factory with the energy of a man. A great wine with intense flavours.
Roberto is a farmer and in his small wine factory he only produces Chianti and Chianti riserva.
A women-run wine factory (and what women!) A great noble wine, with the typical fruity notes of this vine.
Leo Ferré had once bought this wine factory, which is run today by his wife, his son and his daughter-in-law
My hill-neighbours. They make traditional Chianti in their amazing estate.
Volpaia is an originally medieval fortified town. The document that mentions it was drafted in Cintoia the 21st of April 1172: it testifies that the brothers Franculus and Galfredus from Cintoia, after securing the approval of their father and of the “Liquiritia, uxor Franculi”, drew a credit of 28 pounds of silver with Spinello da Montegrossoli, putting a lien on their estate, that were situated in the “curte et castello de Vulpaio”. The document is mentioned by L. Pagliai Regesta Chartarum Italiae. The origin of the castle is surely much older that the document
Arriving from Florence from the north exit A1 at Certosa, enter the SR-2 Cassa for Greve in Chianti, going through Tavarnuzze, Falciani, enter the SP-3 heading towards Passo dei Pecorai, Greve, Panzano; 3 km after Panzano take the left for Radda in Chianti. Shortly before Radda turn left following the directions for Volpaia. (From the square in Panzano there is a shorter alternative dirt road through the woods over Volpaia).
If you come from the south exit A1 at Firenze sud, enter the S.S. 222 Chiantigiana for Greve in Chianti, Panzano, 3km after Panzano take the left for Radda in Chianti. Shortly before Radda turn left following the directions for Volpaia.
Arriving from Rome you can exit the A1 at Valdarno (Montevarchi) the enter the SP-408 Chiantigiana and follow the directions for Radda in Chianti, you will go by the town of Cavriglia, Villa a Radda and Radda in Chianti. Shortly after the crossing for Radda, after two km on the right there you will find the directions for Volpaia.
Piazza della Torre, 9 VOLPAIA
53017 Radda in Chianti
tel/fax 0577 738042
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