Wine Shops: Cave Bianchi 1860, Nice

So I had three hours to entertain myself in Nice on Sunday and all of my map apps led to wine shops. The darnedest thing, really. I’ll have to get ’em fixed.

An occasional series featuring wine shop discoveries from the road, or what results when all your map apps lead to purveyors of wine.
Here’s a quick tour of Cave Bianchi 1860 in the heart of Nice’s old town. As the name suggests, the shop was established in 1860, making it the oldest continuously operating wine seller in the region. Nice had just been returned to France following the Treaty of Turin that year, Napoleon III was about midway through his reign, the phylloxera blight was already spreading across vineyards throughout France and Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the USA. The warm atmosphere, from the subtlety of the lighting the rugged elegance of the woodwork, breathes some of that history,

The Cave Bianchi 1860 offers tastings and a space for private events in its 17th century cellar but I didn’t make it past the two street level rooms where a strong selection of smaller and less-known producers was on display. Absolutely worth a stop.

A brief slideshow via my Instagram feed is below.

 

 

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Cave Bianchi 1860
7, rue Raoul Bosio
(ex rue de la Terrasse)
06300 Nice, France
cave-bianchi.fr

And to get your bearings:

 

 

Visited January 2018

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