“Enoteca: A special type of local or regional wine shop that originated in Italy. The concept of an enoteca is primarily directed at giving visitors the possibility to taste their wines at a reasonable price and to give the option of buying them.”
Oxford companion of Wine, Third Edition 2006.
Proudly situated on the boutique shopping area that is Parchment Street in Winchester, Toscanaccio is modelled on the Italian enoteca. We have made it our mission to source high quality wines and deli produce from Italy incorporating many small producers into our range. We are an Italian specialist but we do have small parcels of vinous delights from many countries that we feel meet our quality criteria.
Our relaxed seating upstairs allows our customers to experience the Italian way of enjoying wine with a plate of antipasto.
We hold fortnightly tastings on Thursday evenings – check the tastings page or sign up to our mailing list and we will notify you as dates become available. This room is also available for private tastings for small parties or corporate events, please contact us for details.
Cat found her passion for wine during a nine-month placement in France, as part of her studies as a mathematician, and promptly joined Oddbins in 2005. Progressing through the ranks of manager and area manager via a few wine exams along the way, Cat picked up a love of all things Italian and a rather guilty (and expensive) enjoyment of Burgundian wine. Bored with drinking the same Italian wines she decided to open her own place full of interesting, quality wines. In her spare time Cat loves cooking and has developed a worrying enjoyment of running that allows her to enjoy eating absurd amounts of cheese.
An archaeologist by trade Thom has been a member of the team since day one. Soon to be studying for a PhD in Archaeology, Thom sees himself one day becoming a modern day Indiana Jones. He has a love of Spanish reds in particular and can usually be found here at weekends. In his free time (how does he fit it all in?!) Thom enjoys a spot of cooking, the enjoyment of a good drinking establishment and he’d enjoy squash if we’d play with him but he’s definitely much better than us.
Hannah is currently studying illustration at Winchester School of Art. She came to Toscanaccio with an already keen interest in wine and is now learning how to express this using words (rather than confusing facial expressions), she’s is a particular fan of fruity reds and loves all gins. Hannah is a fan of the visual arts (TV and film) and will happily recommend what you should be watching with your chosen wine (whether or not you enjoy this recommendation is another matter!).
Ben doesn’t really work here but as he’s married to Cat he can occasionally be found behind the till. We don’t often let him recommend wines as his tasting notes, though succinct, perhaps lack some of the class you’ve come to expect of us. He’s currently trying for a beard with mixed results.