Sfuso. It's a pretty cool thing. It's a great way to have very decent 'house wine' without spending a bunch of euros.
Imagine having wine in the bulk department of your local favorite market. Sfuso is bulk wine for the average consumer. As you will see here, there are sfuso shops all over, in many shapes and sizes, offering a range of wines, or just the wine from the vineyard you are visiting. This is what we do.
There are three or four great little family owned places in the area we like to visit, and one of our favorites is also one of the closest to where we stay.
'Il Poggio', owned and operated by the kind and lovely Anna Gattobigio, offers both red and white sfuso, as well as pricier bottles by the vintage.
You follow the old and rusty yellow signs from Macchie, a village close by, and soon you are on a dirt 'white road' out in the fields. Once there, we always pull into the back area to load up on vino...
|The front of Il Poggio....but we pull down the driveway to the back.|
Once we are parked, it only takes a minute or two for someone, usually Anna, to come over from the house and open up for our business. There will be some small talk, weather, family, business, etc...then it's time to choose.
|White, red, or a bottle of something special?|
|Johnny always picks up some flyer or another. Where ever we go.|
On one table, you will see all the vintage wines that are available, and the 'bag in box' sfuso. That's what we get. If we are invited to a dinner at someone's home, we'll splurge on something else, but for our 'house wine', sfuso is just perfect.
|Everything from Proseco to Vin Santo, to bag in box sfuso.|
|That's a whole lotta 'vino bianco' love in there.|
|All we need to know, on one small piece of scratch paper.|
Once we make our choice, it's easy-peasy. Very much like having your gas tank filled, only wine-y-er. And in Italian
|Fill 'er up, per favore.|
|Now in the box. Just pour yourself a glass, or fill a bottle.|
Buying a five liter bag in box of the local white ends up costing about nine euros...more than a glass of wine at most places in our town back home.
And have I mentioned...it's good!
Thanks, Sfuso suppliers!