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8 Day of Culinary Adventure Between Bunch of Grapes and Lake Tour in Franciacorta

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

A Journey Beyond the Kitchen Culinary Vacation Franciacorta, Italy

Immerse yourself in these cooking sensations tailored for you by Franciacorta Country Lodges. From one day to one week, inspire all of your senses by following the flavors of vineyard with Franciacorta Country Lodges' "arm-to-table" approach. Let your body settle into Franciacorta time and relax into the rhythm of the nature. Cook, eat, enjoy, and let yourself drift in the unique culinary sensations!

Highlights

  • Pasta-making cooking class with tasting
  • Cheese-making cooking class with tasting
  • Pizza-making cooking class with a pizza party
  • Enjoy an enogastronomic gourmet tour in the hidden cellar of Bornato Castle
  • The special cooking session, sharing and enjoying the moment around the vineyard
  • Sunset aperitif in the Castle
  • Bike tour to explore the Franciacorta jewels
  • Monte Isola Excursion

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: 4-14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$59 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Linate Airport (US$59 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Verona Villafranca Airport (US$118 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be staying in Franciacorta Country Lodges during this unforgettable holiday. 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. Each apartment is furnished and presented in a traditional countryside style, with terracotta floors, wooden ceilings.

The Cedar Loft and Holm Oak Tree are beautiful loft open space, 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 vineyard view. There is also the Cypress Tree and Ginko Biloba tree apartment with en-suite bathroom, living room and room. All are guaranteed to be an amazing stay experience for your unforgettable culinary holiday!

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Franciacorta

  • Check-in at Franciacorta Country Lodges in Bornato.
  • Meet the other participants in the lobby for a welcome aperitif. During the dinner, Giuseppe will introduce all adventures ahead with him and Patricia.
  • After dinner, Franciacorta Country Lodges will deliver the full schedule of your journey together with Franciacorta apron.

Day 2: First cooking class and introducing to the basic of the wine

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 10:30 Hands-on cooking lesson with Chef Giuseppe followed by lunch. This class is very important, you will start with a lesson on the origins of the Italian cuisine, the main ingredients, fresh herbs, an extra virgin olive oil seminar, explaining how extra virgin olive oil is made and taste as well several wines to use in the kitchen as a hidden ingredient. You will then start cooking some of the most important sauces of Italian cuisine and traditional plates of Sicilian culinary tradition.
  • Tasting for lunch.
  • Afternoon excursion discovering the vineyard around and introducing the basics of wine tasting with our sommelier and Franciacorta History.

Day 3: Bike tour around the vineyard to Iseo Lake and Monte Isola excursion

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast in the garden with buffet selection and homemade 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 and take the boat to Monte Isola.
  • Return to Franciacorta Country Lodges for a great pic-nic outside with Castle view.
  • Ready for a great aperitif with our sommelier and mix fries prepared outside with Giuseppe.

Day 4: Pasta making class followed the second step to the hidden world of wine

  • 07:30 Full Franciacorta breakfast in our garden with buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 09:00 Start the cooking class with Giuseppe. He will take you through all the basics of creating great fresh pasta, using a past machine: from tagliatelle to gnocchi, from ravioli to pappardelle.
  • You will enjoy your creation during lunch with the vineyard as your surrounding.
  • 16:00 Learn the principles of viticulture as Bruno teaches you the factors that influence a great wine and the importance of soil, varietals, climate and region followed a wine tasting together.

Day 5: Bread and pizza making class

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 10:00 Hands-on Italian cooking class about typical cuisine. You will make mostly several types of bread and grissini and delicious aromatic bread from Franciacorta.
  • Tasting lunch with all creations.
  • In the afternoon ready for pizza dough preparation to create real handmade Italian pizza and cook it together.
  • Pizza party around the roses’ garden.

Day 6: Cheesemaking class and barbeque dinner

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet and homemade products.
  • 10:00 Ready to start a class of ricotta cheese and tuma.
  • Taste a variety of freshly-made products. Enjoy a brunch style of the farm’s cheeses.
  • Afternoon is free to relax, perhaps with a horse riding trip along with neighbor villages or free to walk around the vineyard. Discover all the secrets about cheese and how to use it in the kitchen.
  • Unforgettable blind wine tasting dinner with a wine course with the sommelier and Giuseppe making a great barbeque for everybody.

Day 7: Granita cooking class, enogastronomic tour to Bornato Castle and gourmet wine tasting with an unforgettable aperitif

  • 09:00 Full Franciacorta breakfast with large continental buffet selection and homemade products.
  • 10:00 The final cooking class with Alessandro and 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 an unforgettable wine tasting with a royal aperitif.

Day 8: Goodbye

  • Departure day with a special surprise by Franciacorta Country Lodges!

Included excursions

  • Torbiere del Sebino Natural reserve
  • Lake Iseo and Monte Isola excursion
  • Bornato Castle
  • Wine class

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! It has amazing nature, sports, art, culture, events, shopping, and fine cuisine that you can indulge in.

What you gonna see during your week holiday with Franciacorta Country Lodges:

  • Monte Isola. Monte Isola, the largest inhabited lake island in Europe, is a green mountain in the middle of Lake Iseo, described by the Italian law as an “area of particular natural and environmental interest”.
  • Lake Iseo. Also known as Sebino is the fourth largest lake in Lombardy, Italy, fed by the Oglio river. Lake Iseo retains its natural environment, with its lush green mountains surrounding the crystal clear lake.
  • Bornato. In the heart of Franciacorta, among the gentle hills of vineyards, dominates the Castle Bornato and Villa Orlando, a rare example of a Renaissance villa built in a medieval castle. The location is absolutely stunning and the view glimpse on the Po Valley and on clear days all the way to the Apennines.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served daily large continental buffet breakfast with all homemade products - from granola to toasted bread, from fresh fruits to special cakes and rabbit sausages. Not only that, but you will also be able to enjoy sunset gourmet aperitif in a unique place in Franciacorta, as well as dinner outside around our vineyard and four lunches and dinners prepared by the chefs.

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:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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 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

  • Daily full Franciacorta breakfast
  • Pasta-making lesson
  • Pizza cooking class
  • Cheesemaking and tasting
  • Organic vineyard tour, tasting, and aperitif
  • Cycle tour to Iseo Lake
  • Tour of Lake Iseo
  • 4 lunches with the chefs
  • 4 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Monte Isola excursion

What's not included

  • Flight ticket
  • Transfer from airport to Franciacorta
  • Blind wine tasting
  • Any extra not list in activities included

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Il Caravaggio International Airport (BGY) or Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN). 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: Il Caravaggio International Airport Airport transfer available: Il Caravaggio International Airport (US$59 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Linate Airport Airport transfer available: Linate Airport (US$59 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Verona Villafranca Airport Airport transfer available: Verona Villafranca Airport (US$118 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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This vacation is also available from 3 days to 1 week of duration, please send your inquiry for further information.

 

 
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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