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Siena Hamlets & Brunello Vineyards™

Cooking Class & Wine Cellar Tour-1 Day

Tie on your apron with Chef Elena in the countryside of Siena for a unique hands-on cooking and wine experience. Both Elena and her husband are passionate winemakers, sommeliers and experts in local cuisine.  At their Tuscan estate you will will learn enjoy cooking classes with wine in Siena while soaking up the local culture.

Stroll round the vegetable and herb garden then head to the kitchen to learn how to prepare the perfect pappa al pomodoro, sformatino di formaggio pecorino con marmellata di cipolle, gnocchi or pizzicotti al sugo finto, tiramisù & crostata con pere e cioccolato. Recipes come from Elena’s family recipe book and as you cook, Chef Elena will share cooking tips and stories on local culture. Classes are fun and informative and include a visit to the estate’s vineyard – that produces wine made in Italy. After class, enjoy the foods you’ve created in class, accompanied with wine that was produced on the estate.

Tuscany Cooking Classes

Your experience begins with a visit to the cellar. Your host will lead you through an in-depth discussion on the grape varieties, methods and production of the great whites & reds of Tuscany. After the tour and the discussion, head to the kitchen, tie on your apron and get ready to start!

A selection of seasonal herbs and vegetable from Elena’s garden will feature in your class. You’ll transform delicious fruit and vegetables into local specialties such as spinach gnocchi, vegetable quiche, bruschette with zucchini marinated in lemon juice, pork with fennel and onions and delicious cantucci, Tuscan biscotti. Chef Elena’s classes are informative and light hearted, and during each hands-on cooking class, you’ll prepare an antipasto, a first course, a second course and a dessert. Afterwards, enjoy all the foods you’ve created for lunch or dinner, each accompanied by different types of wine.

Tuscany Sample Menus:

Antipasto: Learn the secrets of making traditional crostini: Tuscan bread baked and toasted with farmer’s vegetables, chicken sausage or chicken liver; Florentine crepes stuffed with ricotta and spinach; garden squash flowers stuffed with ricotta; grilled eggplant stuffed and rolled with herbs and cheese and Tuscan pumpkin or bean soups.  

Fresh Pasta and Risotto: Also on the menu are gnudi, a pasta-potato dumpling in sauce, fresh and hand-made pici, strapponi, ravioli, tortelloni stuffed with cheese, seasonal mushrooms or pumpkin or herbs or ruffles, when in season.  Also, learn how to prepare gnocchetti verdi di patate con pomodorino fresco e basilico, green potato gnocchi with fresh tomatoes and basil – a farmer’s favorite.

Main Course: There is pappa al pomodoro, a Tuscan bread tomato soup, peposo – a Tuscan pepper beef stew,  filetto d’orata al gratin di patate, fish with potato gratin, staccato alla Fiorentina, a slow-cooked stew of onions, carrots, garlic, celery, tomatoes, sage, rosemary, red wine in a terracotta pot. Brasata al Montecucco, Tuscan sausage with rape, Buglione d’agnello, cinghiale con fungi e polenta, lamb with mushroom, sedana ripeni alla pratese, la tegamata di Pitigliano, bistecche di maiale con cavolo nero, pork and the famous black cabbage, pollo grillettato con piselli, chicken with peas, cinghiale alla cacciatora con marinatura and wild boar country-style. 

Dolce: Tuscany is known for its simple and delicious desserts based on season produce. Summer’s harvest means baked peaches stuffed with amaretti, a fruit crostata or a creamy liqueur-laced with zuccotto.  In winter and fall, we will prepare:  frittelle di castagne, chestnut-flour fritters, schiacciata con l’uva, grape cake  and a warm budino di riso, rice pudding with lemon and cinnamon. And all year round, you’ll find biscotti di Prato,  almond biscotti, brutti ma buoni, toasted almond biscuits, and cantucci, perfect for dunking into a glass of Vin Santo, blessed Tuscan sweet wine.

In your free time, discover the wine shops of Siena and select any one of the Super Tuscan wine for your next cooking adventure.

One-Day Cooking Class  With Wine Includes:

  • Visit of the wine cellar with Siena wine tour and tasting with discussions.
  • Welcome Aperitivo.
  • Hands-on cooking class with the preparation appetiser, first course,
    second course and dessert, all using the best and freshest ingredients of the season.
  • Lunch or dinner follows with the foods that were prepared in class, and paired
    wines included. Additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
Program Price

$295 per person, based on minimum 2 guests.

Morning classes start at 10:30am and afternoon classes start at 4:30pm. Classes last approximately 5 hours.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

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* Please note: One-day cooking classes do not include transportation, accommodations, or any other excursions. If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to provide a price and reserve the transfer(s) for you. If you have a non-cooker who would like dine, but not cook, please let us know and we will send you pricing.

2021 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.