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7 Day of a Timeless Experience between vineyard and a Sailing Ship

Franciacorta Country Lodges, Via Basso Castello, 25046 Cazzago San Martino, Italy

Italian Cooking and Wine Tasting Vacation in Franciacorta

Are you looking for a holiday where to taste both country living and the lake experience? Patrizia and Giuseppe thought about something to astonish you! They aim to inspire and empower food lovers who are passionate about Italian gastronomy, giving them unique access to the people, stories, and time-honored methods behind the dishes and ingredients.

7 Days of Culinary Adventure, with accommodation in Franciacorta Country Lodges between brunches of grapes and vineyard, and some cooking class in a sailing ship until sunset with a glass of Franciacorta. Something Special!

Meet the instructors

Giuseppe
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Highlights

  • Learn how to make fresh pasta on a sailing ship
  • Make your own ricotta cheese and tuma
  • Pizza classes around the vineyard
  • Welcome sparkling wine with a homemade canape
  • Cycling through the local villages in the area
  • Wine tasting with a royal aperitif in the sailing ship
  • 6 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$60 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$60 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Linate Airport (US$60 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (US$83 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:30

You will be staying in Franciacorta Country Lodges during this vacation. It is a country relais with amazing surrounding, you will enjoy the unique sensation to be wrapped up by a vineyard. There are five elegant apartments that you can choose from, with all the facilities.

The Cedar Loft and Holm Oak Tree are perfect for two people, couple or friends, with their bathroom and all comfort. Meanwhile, the Linden Tree Family Suite was designed properly as a family apartment because there are two rooms, with shared bathroom and big living room plus a big balcony with a vineyard view.

There is also the Cypress Tree, it is a room for two people with an en-suite bathroom. All are guaranteed to be an amazing stay experience for your unforgettable culinary holiday!

Program

Day 1: Welcome in Franciacorta

In the morning or early afternoon check into Franciacorta Country Lodges with an amazing welcome aperitif tasting the first sparkling wine with a homemade canape of a tasty product of Franciacorta.

Meet the other participants in the lobby at 05:00 p.m. for a welcome aperitif, followed by dinner with Giuseppe and Patrizia, take a look at your itinerary, and get ready for the adventures ahead.

After dinner, Giuseppe and Patrizia will deliver the full schedule of your journey together with Franciacorta Apron.

Day 2: Cheese-making class follow a pic-nic around the vineyard with a treasures Hunt

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with all homemade products
  • 10:00 Ready to start a Cheese-making cooking class with Giuseppe chef. He will teach you how to make the tuma cheese followed fresh flavored ricotta with all fresh herbs. Taste a variety of freshly made products. Enjoy a light lunch brunch style of the vineyard with a treasures hunt.
  • 17:00 Free time to spend in the village
  • 20:00 Wine tasting with our sommelier

Day 3: Hight digestibility pasta cooking class on the sailing ship with a royal aperitif on the lake

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast in the garden with all homemade products
  • 10:00 Ready to weigh on board of the sailing ship to start a pasta cooking class with Giuseppe. During your class, you will learn how to make a high digestive pasta (from tagliolini to pappardelle and tortelloni). In the meantime, you will taste amazing wine onboard a beautiful trip around the lake. Tasting of all your amazing product and free to go for a swim in Monte Isola. All-day onboard waiting for an amazing sunset and dinner together with a spectacular view.
  • 23.30 Come back to Franciacorta Country Lodges

Day 4: Lake tour and pizza cooking class

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet and home-made products.
  • 10.00 Ready on the bike to discover the magical surrounding of Franciacorta. A light ride over the hills and down through the local villages with a friendly private cycling guide. The ride will take you to a beautiful Franciacorta vineyard with Iseo Lake as the destination.

Return to Franciacorta Country Lodges and start the cooking class with Giuseppe. He will take you through all the basics of creating the real Neapolitan pizza. You will enjoy your creation with an amazing Pizza Party outside in the vineyard with music and fun.

Day 5: Wine full immersion course

09:30 Full Franciacorta breakfast in the garden with buffet selection and homemade products.

Starting a great day in full immersion wine course outside around the vineyard with the sommelier. You will walk around the magic world of the vineyard to understand what there behind the grapes and the good wine. Everything tasting a magic sparkling wine.

You will be going inside to the walls of the Castle, visiting its underground with a spectacular view of all Franciacorta History.

  • Pic-Nic time in the garden.
  • 16:00 Let's talk about the region of the wine: from Piemonte to Veneto, from Sicilian wine to Tuscany one.
  • Great dinner gala in the vineyard

Day 6: Granita cooking class, enogastronomic tour to Bornato Castle and gourmet wine tasting with an unforgettable aperitif

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with homemade products.
  • 10:00 The final cooking class with Giuseppe Chef. You will be learning how to make a proper granita to use with a Franciacorta glass for your royal aperitif.
  • 17:00 Visit Bornato castle and its cellars followed by a gourmet wine tasting with an unforgettable royal aperitif.
  • Day 7: The Goodbye

After breakfast together, you will get a special present to remember all day together.

Included excursions

Pasta Cooking class on the sailing ship

Castle tour

Wine course

Cheesemaking cooking class

Biking tour to Iseo Lake

Granita cooking class

Instructors

Giuseppe Giunta

Location

This vacation will take place in Franciacorta, Northern Italy. It is an Italian hidden gem, a small bucolic wine region whose sloping hills overlook the shores of Lake Iseo.

Sitting at an hour east of Milan, Franciacorta was the first sparkling wine in Italy to receive the highest designation of quality (DOCG). The same process used to make champagne, often referred to as the traditional method or “méthode champenoise; the way they differ is the area they come from in the world. Champagne is known for its chalky freshness and angular sharpness. Franciacorta wines tend to be creamier and moussey. They have a roundness.

But Franciacorta is not just wine! They have amazing nature, sports, art, culture, events, shopping, and fine cuisine that you can indulge in.

Food

During the holiday, you will discover the real beauty of Franciacorta. Your host thought for you a full immersion activities between cooking class, bike tour, wine course tasting session to enjoy all faces of the land.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Tour of Lake Iseo

Enjoy 67 kilometers of emotions and breathtaking views on a bicycle, by car, motorcycle, or ferryboat to discover the villages looking onto Lake Iseo with exquisite panoramas in the midst of nature and art.

This itinerary requires a little less than two hours by car, and three or four hours on a bicycle, whereas in the summer, you can enjoy the lake on ferryboat but you will need half a day.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Activities as outlined in the itinerary
  • All meals as outlined in the program

What's not included

  • Transfer to Franciacorta Country Lodges

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Il Caravaggio International Airport (BGY). The venue is located 20 minutes away from this airport. The easiest way to come is to rent a car to also be independent, or Franciacorta Country Lodges can organize a transfer as well on request.

Airport: Milan–Malpensa Airport Airport transfer available: Milan–Malpensa Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Il Caravaggio International Airport Airport transfer available: Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Linate Airport Airport transfer available: Linate Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Airport transfer available: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (US$83 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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