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A Taste of Cooking & Brunello Wines Tour In Southern Tuscany

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4 nights

Through extraordinary, authentic food and wine experiences, explore Tuscany and get to really know local people. They soon feel like new friends.

In private visits with Brunello and Vino Nobile winery owners in their wine cellars, you learn first hand how they make these top Italian reds and drink them right with the people who make them with so much passion.

Cook and eat traditional Tuscan dishes and feel part of Tuscan life with a charming home cook in his country kitchen.  Experience cooking with an exceptional chef in his restaurant in a hamlet where gourmets in the know go.

Stay at a lovely four star property, an ex-monastery, now beautifully restored, in the heart of Pienza. Easy to step out into real local life in town. Relax in the peaceful gardens or by the pool with extraordinary views of the Orcia valley.

A “wow” Tuscan buffet for your senses, heart and soul.

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Day 1: welcome to Pienza, a Renaissance hill town

Private transfer from Chiusi railway station to Pienza, a walled hill town. Arrive at 4 star hotel, an ex-monastery, beautifully restored with frescoes, magnificent Val D’Orcia views, gardens and swimming pool, in the heart of Pienza.

Welcome dinner in a great local restaurant

Day 2: Montalcino & Brunello, country cooking class, Brunello winery visit

Drive to a lovely valley near Montalcino to the home of Alberto, a fabulous cook and formerly an artisan olive oil producer.  In his country kitchen, cook traditional Tuscan dishes that were vanishing from local cuisine. Dine on your creations around his dining room table.

Visit a family’s Brunello winery to walk through their cellars, discover what makes Brunello so special and taste their Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.

Visit 1000 year old Romanesque Sant’Antimo church. Set in an idyllic valley, stand in awe at athe quintessential Tuscan view of cypresses zigzagging up hills, olive trees, vineyards and fields.

With your guide, stroll through medieval hill town, Montalcino, home to Brunello wine. At the enoteca (wine shop) in a medieval fortress, learn more about Brunello with a staff member and taste a variety of Brunellos.

Light dinner on your own in Pienza.

Day 3: Montepulciano walk, great lunch, winery visit

Drive to hill town Montepulciano, famous for Vino Nobile, another top Italian red wine, and its lovely Renaissance palazzos and stunning views. Explore on a guided walk.

Savour your multi-course lunch in Montepulciano at a fabulous Tuscan restaurant whose chef adds creative touches to local dishes.

Free time in Montepulciano to browse stores selling tablecloths and ceramics, leather goods and art.

Visit a winery in a 14th century palazzo in little hill town, Montefollonico. The owner tours you around a cellar and leads you through a tasting of his Rosso di Montepulciano, Vino Nobile and Vin Santo. In good weather, chat about life on his garden terrace with views across the valley to Montepulciano.

Light dinner on your own in Pienza.

Day 4: cooking class with great chef in a hamlet, olive mill visit with family

Drive into hills of Monte Amiata to a hamlet to a restaurant well known for its outstanding cuisine, especially its mushroom dishes. Gourmets in the know drive miles to eat there.

Cook beside chef and owner Roberto, the epitome of warm hospitality, an excellent cooking teacher and a charming man passionate about food and wine. An extraordinary experience.

Dine on your creations with wines specially chosen by Roberto.

If you wish, visit a nearby park of intriguing, fun modern sculpture, managed by Roberto.

In less touristed, medieval hamlet, San Quirico, visit a family-run olive oil mill to taste their olive oil. The owner tells you everything you want to know about olive oil.

Light dinner on your own in Pienza.

Day 5: ciao for now

Leave after breakfast for Chiusi train station. If you’d like a private driver for points beyond, we can arrange it for you.

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Included:

  • 4 nights at 4 star hotel, with private bath and breakfast
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 1 dinner & 3 multi-course lunches
  • 2 winery visits & 1 wine tasting
  • Visit olive oil mill with olive oil tasting
  • Guided walks in Montepulciano & Montalcino
  • Visit Pienza & San Quirico
  • private transport with a driver and a guide (2 staff)
  • pick up and drop off at Chiusi train station

Not Included:

  • 3 dinners
  • wine with meals so you can choose the wines you’d like

Tour Dates

  • May 4-8
  • May 25-29
  • June 8-12
  • June 22-26
  • July 7-11
  • Sept 14-18
  • Sept 28-Oct 2
  • Oct 5-9
  • Oct 19-23

If you want other dates and are two people or more, please ask us for your dates. We can also custom design.

Tour Prices

Staying at a beautiful, 4 star historic hotel in Pienza
# of people in group 2-6

Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

CDN: $3605
U.S.: $3375
Euros: about €2310

 

 

Single Supplement

CDN: $435
U.S.: $410
Euros: about €280

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