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Giuliano and Lael Hazan together with Marilisa Allegrini invite you to join them at their cooking school in Italy for a week of total immersion in Italian food, wine, and life. A limited number of students will participate in a week of intensive hands-on classes taught by Giuliano Hazan. We will make homemade pasta, risotto, meats, local fish, vegetables, and desserts. Each 5-hour class concludes with dinner in classic style composed of the several courses prepared during the class. Each class will also include presentations by Marilisa Allegrini on the major wine producing regions of Italy. The wines discussed, both from the Allegrini vineyards and other distinguished Italian producers, will accompany the meals.
You will be spending six nights at the Renaissance Villa della Torre, where stupendous luxury rooms have been created in 2015. The entire structure revolves around the courtyard or Peristyle, the true "heart of the house". As in the "domus antiqua" or ancient Roman house, it welcomed a host of elite guests eager to experience the best of humanist leisure activities, such as poetry, music, classical literature, and the contemplation of nature.
This room, furnished with elegant period furniture and objects d’art, is named after one of Allegrini’s most prestigious, premier vineyards in the hamlet of Mazzurega, right in the heart of the Valpolicella Classica. Located more than 400 meters (1312 feet) above sea level, the parcel of land looks out over Valpolicella’s beautiful rolling valleys and, alongside the Villa Cavarena project, symbolizes of the rediscovery and revival of wine-growing at high altitudes.
This large room with its lovely terrace is named after one of the most prestigious cru of the Valpolicella Classica and part of Allegrini’s viticultural heritage. It had always been Giovanni Allegrini’s dream to own this land, and when he finally acquired it, he achieved something not only for himself and his Company, but he also gave impetus to what was to unfold: the rebirth of the entire Valpolicella. An historic vineyard parcel, cited for the quality of its wines since the time of Catullus, local oral tradition recites that this vineyard was the birthplace of the Corvina grape, the main varietal among the area’s autochthonous vines.
This romantic room with a view over the vineyards is dedicated to the iconic cru of the Valpolicella Classica, located on the summit of the hill called La Grola. It is small parcel of just over two and a half hectares (6 acres and a half), and was identified by Giovanni Allegrini as the ideal place for the production of a Corvina of such high quality that it deserved to be vinified on its own. The very same wine is still produced here today and has become an icon of the art of wine making worldwide.
We will visit a rice mill where rice for risotto continues to be processed the way it was in 1648. We shall travel to medieval Sirmione on the southern shore of Lake Garda to experience a seafood cookery that epitomizes the exquisite, light-handed traditions of the lake. The olive oil from the Veneto is perhaps Italy's most elegant and we will visit a frantoio where it is made. We will also spend a day outside the Veneto to witness the making of Parmigiano-Reggiano and to taste the rare culatello, an air-cured ham that is even more prized than prosciutto.
Giuliano Hazan and his wife Lael will be your hosts for the week’s activities. Giuliano Hazan is one of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking. He has published five cookbooks that have earned him a James Beard Award nomination and the World Cookbook Award for Best Italian Cookbook in the English Language. In 2007 the International Association of Culinary Professionals named him Cooking Teacher of the Year.
Marilisa Allegrini is her family’s ambassador at large. She regularly presents the wines of her native Valpolicella, and introduces audiences to the terroir from which they spring at stellar events throughout the United States and Europe. Allegrini’s Amarone, La Poja, and Recioto Giovanni Allegrini have all been recipients of Italy’s prestigious “Tre Bicchieri” award. You will be the beneficiary of a behind the scenes winery tour - not available to the general public - guided by Marilisa Allegrini.
This retreat will take place in Verona's wine country, at Villa della Torre in Valpolicella, Italy.
You will enjoy classic Italian cuisine of the highest level accompanied by the best Italian wines.
The nearest airport to the location is Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN).
The nearest train station is Verona Porta Nuova.
You can take a taxi from the airport to Villa della Tore.
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