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Siena Hamlets & Vineyards™

1-Day Cooking Class & Wine Cellar Visit

Join Chef Elena on her estate in the beautiful 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.

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, Elena will share cooking tips and stories on local culture. Classes are fun and informative and include a visit to the estate’s vineyard. After class, enjoy all the foods you’ve created, each accompanied by a different type of wine produced on the estate.

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 & discussion, move 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, larded pork with fennel and onions and delicious hot apple pie with orange sauce. Chef Elena’s classes are informative and light hearted, and during each lesson you’ll prepare an appetizer, 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.

One-Day Cooking Class Includes:

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

$325 per person, based on minimum 2 people. All taxes and Italian VAT included.
Morning classes start at 10:30am and afternoon classes start at 4:30pm. Classes last approximately 5 hours.

Check Availability

* 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.

2019 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.