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Wine Shopping in Tuscany's insider take:

If you're just interested in buying, most Tuscan towns (not to mention the smallest villages in the major wine districts) offer ample opportunities. In Siena, the encyclopedic shop of the national wine institute, Enoteca Italiana, is currently closed for a makeover; it will reopen TK ( Siena's other enotecas are not that inspiring; better to head for Montalcino, where the Enoteca La Fortezza, in the medieval Rocca (castle) that dominates the town, has a huge selection of the two muscular local reds, Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, and plenty of other bottles from all over Tuscany (Piazzale Fortezza; 39-0577-849-211; Other wine shops that stand out from the crowd include La Vena di Vino (30 Via Don Minzoni; 39-0588-81491; in Volterra, and Enoteca Vanni (7 Piazza del Salvatore; 39-0584-491-902; in Lucca.

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