Our cooking classes and wine tour package gives you an in-depth experience of Italian cooking and the Tuscan way of life. Your accommodations are on a lovely olive estate just south of Siena in an 18th century villa or farmhouse renovated with care to include many of the original Tuscan architectural features. Walking trails through olive groves or cypress lined lanes give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany. Enjoy cooking lessons, visits to local wine and food producers, wine tours, all meals with wine and visits to quaint local villages. During the week we will open up the world of Tuscan wines from the basics to the complexities of this varied region.
We'll spend the week on a beautiful estate just a short drive from Siena, the accommodation are provided in a carefully restored 18th Century villa and farmhouse. Many of the original Tuscan architectural features have been maintained with chestnut beamed ceilings, terra cotta tiled floors and open fireplaces. Use of the original wood burning bread ovens, dining outdoors and swimming pools are all a part of our lovely surroundings. The estate is beautifully landscaped with gardens of lavender, herbs and flowers, as well as olive groves and cypress lined lanes for walks in the woods.
To gain further understanding of Italian food and wines we will be taking day or evening excursions into the surrounding countryside.
We'll visit an artisan goat cheese and Cinta Senese pig farm and taste their products, as well as a trip to taste Brunellos in Montalcino and a saffron farm in San Gimignano. A whole day is dedicated to wine tasting in Chianti, with visits to cellars, castles and estates.
A morning is spent at the market of Siena with a guided tour of this beautiful medieval city to follow. Day trips remain flexible to take advantage of seasonal activities and so best expose you to all the best Tuscany has to offer.