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“Wine Time in Panzano”

Accademia del Buon Gusto
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

If you have the time you should visit the Accademia Buon Gusto in Panzano. But if you have only limited time - just ask for a quick wine recommendation and skip the tastings. Panzano is a very small town in Tuscany - in the wine region that produces some great Italian red wines, and is a short driving distance from Siena, Montepulciano, Greve, Radda, etc. There is not much to do in Panzano except enjoy the views, eat and drink wine. Stefano Salvadori has set up a small shop devoted to expanding the knowledge of Tuscan wines. He puts on a great show and imparts significant wine knowledge while you taste (for free) up to 12 or so wines. The pours are good sized and the wine is pretty good too. Stefano's wife works at a nearby winery. There is no pressure to purchase any of the numerous wines you taste. One can tell how passionate Stefano is about the wines, and if you have the time it is really an enjoyable experience. Again, if you have limited time - you can skip the wine presentation and just purchase a bottle or two of some very good Tuscan wine. jr

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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

We visited Stefano after a great review from a friend so expectations were high and he beat our expectations from his accademia. We had a very enjoyable 2 hour tasting and talked about wines and the tuscany region. You can immediately tell that he is very passionate about wines which makes visiting his shop very enjoyable! If you drop by panzano you should definitely stop by, taste the wines, strike up a conversation and buy from his wide selection of local wines.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

I needed a few bottles of quality wine to go with dinner and this establishment was open and close by. I really don't want to be a grumpy old Hector but I could not escape fast enough. On the plus side there were several good wines to taste for free with no pressure to buy BUT as soon as we were not the only customers in the shop, and an American couple entered, the 10 minute act about the link between the book and the wine bottle, packaged in risible philosophical claptrap kicked off and we became the audience. This may work for the average passing tourist (each to their own) but my rictus grin faded after about 90 seconds. There was also a section (I choose this word carefully as I sensed the entire show was repeated many many times a day) on the art on the walls, which was for sale, linked to more philosophical musings (mostly linked to sexual stereotypes).

All wines are from a radius of 30 kms and are circa €25 or less. The host's 'philosophy' does not extend to the more well known (i.e. on International markets) local wines although he does have his own wine for sale.

1  Thank Mark-choosy-chappy
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Stefano offers adults the chance to enter a magical "cave" and enjoy the delights of wines from within a 30 kilometre area - true Tuscan treats! At first glance, the little shop belies the experience about to unfold, if only you are prepared to let your tastebuds enjoy the trip around some delightful Chianti wines.
One of our group had been there before, leading us up the hill towards the church at the top, we suddenly stopped and were greeted, welcomed in.
Tasting 12 wines, 5 balsamic vinegars and 3 infused chocolate 'spreads', we left entertained, better informed, and certainly having tasted a range of wines. His passion for imparting his love of the products is almost as delightful as the samples he served. Whether explaining to those new to Chianti wines, or those who have enjoyed them for years, the conversation enthralled throughout our visit. With various friends planning a trip to Italy in the coming year, a day or two in Panzano and a trip up the hill is on the cards.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

A must do in Panzano, meeting Stefano and experience his expertise on wine and life will change you! We took the route to Panzano from Florence, which is a very pretty drive and you can stop in several Castles and Wineries on the way. We stumble upon the Accademia del Buon Gusto by pure luck, the coziness of the place was the main attraction to us. Stefano welcomed us with open arms and we had the most amazing wine tasting experience of our lives, even though we have been to many places already to taste one, this one is on the top. This small place is full of fun things, the art is amazing, the wine superb, the olive oils, the smells, it is just fantastic and what you expect to see on the Chianti region. Hope you enjoy if you get to go

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