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Siena Hamlets & Brunello Vineyards™

Brunello Wine Tour & Spa~6 Day

Join Chef Elena in the enchanting hillside of Siena, where you will participate in hands-on cooking classes, tour and visit the gorgeous Tuscan countryside and sip and swirl Super Tuscan wines.

Nestled in a Tuscan winery among vineyards and olive groves, Chef Elena welcomes you with open arms to her kitchen. Set amongst roses and pine trees – the property is truly one of the most charming hideaways in the rolling Chianti hills – minutes from Siena!

Your hosts are a husband and wife team who are passionate winemakers and sommeliers, and experts on the local cuisine. From the day you arrive, you will be welcomed like a long-lost friend and swept up into the day-to-day activities of everyday Tuscan life. Keep busy in the kitchen as you learn techniques on how to make hand-made pasta such as pappa al pomodoro, Tuscan soups and bread, Chianti risotto, and delicious strawberry tiramiù.  Taste the estate’s naturally produced olive oil, sip and swirl the organic wines or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment.  You may also explore the nearby towns of San Gimignano or spend a day at the one of the most important Brunello di Montalcino wineries, while tasting Super Tuscans and lunch.

Siena Cooking Classes

Join us in Chef Elena’s kitchen in the countryside of Siena.  The culinary traditions of Tuscany are closely linked to its most characteristic flavors, and during this program you will discover the ancient roots of many traditional dishes.

Step into Elena’s vegetable garden to gather the seasonal produce and herbs you’ll need for the lesson and quickly 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 the delicious cantucci, biscotti, crostata, Italian pie and gelato. Chef Elena’s cooking classes are informative and fun, and include a full course three recipe menu.  Everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in the cooking class to follow with the excellent wines produced on the estate.

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.

Siena

Set among the olive groves and vineyards of Chianti, Siena is one of the most popular and attractive towns of Tuscany. It is a town that has changed very little over the centuries, and its unique shell-shaped central piazza, Piazza del Campo, is now regarded as one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe. Famous for its annual historic horse race, the palio, which takes place in the central piazza, Siena has much to offer visitors. The Duomo is a striking example of Italian Romanesque architecture and was originally intended to be the grandest cathedral in existence and Palazzo Pubblico houses Ambrogio Lorenzetti frescos on.  Narrow, winding side streets lead each vistor to  artisan leather makers, wine bars and trattorias.

Siena Accommodations

The charming country property and resort is set on 54 green acers of within the Chianti landscape and offers breathtaking views over Siena and the Chianti Valley. Apartments and suites have all been carefully restored so that all are unique and each is decorated in Tuscan country house style: terracotta floors, wood beamed ceilings and stonewalls, others with walls of sage, blush, saffron, sky blue and ochre yellow. Furnishings are stylish: chests, furniture, glass cabinets and antiques were picked up in the local antique markets and restored by skilled local artisans and pretty accents of glass art and ceramics. Breakfast is served on the terrace daily and includes delicious homemade cakes and tarts, bruschette, cheeses and cold meats, along with coffee, tea and juices.  The gardens and fields that surround the property can be explored.  Also on the property is a beautiful swimming pool.  A fiery sunsets and starlit skies provide natural beauty both day and night.  Just five miles outside of Siena, the property is the perfect plact to unplug.

Itinerary: 6 Days, 5 Nights

Check in and start your program on any day of the week.

Day 1: Arrival, Check-In & Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival at Siena train station and transfer to resort.
  • Check in, relax, and enjoy an aperitivo.
  • A full course, welcome Tuscan dinner at the property with wine is included.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1, Monteriggioni & San Gimignano & Wine Tour and Tasting in Chianti

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, your driver drives you to the Tuscan towns Monteriggioni & San Gimignano.  Explore both towns on your own.  If you prefer a guide, please let us know and we can reserve for you.
  • Following the morning tour, your driver continues on to the Chianti Classico winery for a tour and tasting of excellent wines with a light lunch included.
  • On the return, visit a sweet typical hamlet of Chianti.
  • Return to to the property and relax before your cooking class.
  • Tie on your aprons for an authentic hands-on Tuscan Cooking Class with Chef Elena preparing a full course Tuscan menu.  Dinner follows and everyone enjoys the foods prepared in class together.  Local wine is included.

Day 3: Brunello Wine Tour, Tasting & Lunch

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, a full day tour to the producers of Brunello di Montalcino with a tasting of their excellent wines along with a light lunch.
  • In the afternoon, your private driver takes you to the beautiful Abbey di Sant’Antimo.  Here you will be able to enjoy the monks’ unique Gregorian Chants.  Following, you will have free time to stroll, shop and visit Montalcino.
  • Return to property.
  • A full course Tuscan dinner at the property with wine is included.

Day 4: Cooking Class 2 & Afternoon Free

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, head to the kitchen for your hands-on Cooking Class 2. preparing a full course Tuscan menu.  Lunch follows and everyone enjoys the foods prepared in class together.  Local wine is included.
  • Afternoon free to relax or visit Siena on your own.
  • A full course Tuscan dinner at the property with wine is included.

Day 5: Cooking Class 3, Spa Treatment & Farewell Dinner

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, head to the kitchen for your final hands-on Cooking Class 3. Lunch follows and everyone enjoys the foods prepared in class together.  Local wine is included.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy and unplug with a natural spa treatment. Choose between a Shiatsu, Relax or Ayurvedic massage that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Massages are carried out by expert licensed professionals.
  • A full course Tuscan dinner at the property wine is included.

Day 6: Check Out & Arrivederci!

  • Breakfast is served
  • Check out and transfer to Siena station.
  • Arrivederci!

 

Program Includes:

  • 6 Days, 5 Nights accommodations in double room, based on double occupancy.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • 3 cooking classes followed by lunch/dinner on the foods prepared in class. Water and local wine is included.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner, wine included.
  • 1 Farewell dinner, wine included.
  • 2 Additional dinners, local wine included.
  • Full Day tour of Chianti, wine tasting and lunch included.
  • Full Day Excursion to the Crete Senesi & Brunello, wine tasting & lunch included.
  • 1 Spa treatment: choose between a Shiatsu, Relax or Ayurvedico massage.
  • Arrival & Departure transfers from Siena train station. Transfers from Florence can also be arranged at a surcharge.
Program Prices

$2,995 per, based on 2 guests.

Single Cookers: If you are a single guest and would like to join us, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

Check Availability

2020 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.