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Siena Hamlets & Brunello Vineyards™

Brunello Wine Tour & Spa ~ 6 Day

Join Chef Elena in the enchanting countryside of Siena, where you will participate in hands-on cooking classes and a Siena wine tour while soaking up the local culture!  Nestled in the heart of a Tuscan winery among vineyards, olive groves and a rose garden, Chef Elena welcomes you with open arms to her kitchen.  

The husband and wife duo are passionate winemakers and sommeliers, and experts on cooking classes in Siena. From the day you arrive, you will be welcomed like family and swept up into the day-to-day activities of everyday Tuscan life.  Learn techniques in the kitchen while you make hand-made pasta such as pappa al pomodoro, Chianti risotto, and delicious strawberry tiramisù.  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 touring, tasting Super Tuscans and lunching on traditional Tuscan fare.

Siena Cooking Classes

Join us in Chef Elena’s kitchen for a hands-on cooking adventure where you will learn to cook in Siena while touring and tasting Tuscan wine.

Start with a stroll in Elena’s vegetable garden, gather seasonal vegetables and herbs, then return to the kitchen and prepare antipasti, fresh pasta with seasonal sauces, main courses and desserts with farm-fresh ingredients.

Start with antipasti and learn how to prepare ribollita – a Tuscan vegetable and bread soup, and bruschette garnished with zucchini, or chicken liver, or white bean and garlic puree.  Fresh pasta comes next with Siena gnocchi, and penne alla fiesolana made with penne pasta, olive oil, prosciutto crudo, onions, milk, flour, peas, and butter.  Main courses include Cinta Senese a local breed of pig that has been in Tuscan cuisine since ancient times, and Sienese scottiglia: a poor man’s recipe made with lamb, rabbit, chicken and pork and slow cooked in a casserole with red wine.  In addition, there is always Florentine steak!

Tuscan desserts never disappoint with berriquocoli, a traditional rustic cookie from Siena, made with sugar, flour, honey, candied fruits, walnuts, and spices and cantucci, a traditional twice-baked cookie with almonds.  There is always crostata, an open pie served with gelato, made with Nonna’s recipe.  Chef Elena’s cooking classes are informative and fun, and include a full-course three recipe menu – you select your courses.  Following each cooking class, everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in the class with Tuscan wine that’s produced on the estate.

Tuscan 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 truffles, 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 farmers’ 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 turnips, 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!  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.

When you are on tour, experience the many Siena wine shops of Tuscany – made in Italy – where you can taste and purchase the most genuine wine which you can later pair with your newly learned recipes.

Siena

Set among the olive groves and vineyards of Chianti, Siena is one of the most popular towns of Tuscany. Its ancient history, traditions and cuisine have not changed over time.  Make sure to visit the unique shell-shaped central piazza, Piazza del Campo, 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 frescoes.  Narrow, winding streets – where only pedestrians are allowed – lead visitors to artisan leather-makers, wine bars and trattorias.

Siena Accommodations

The charming country property and resort is set on a green estate within the Chianti landscape and offers breathtaking views over Siena and the Chianti Valley. Apartments and suites have all been carefully restored – all are unique and each one decorated in Tuscan country house style: terracotta floors, wood-beamed ceilings and stone walls, others with walls of sage, blush, saffron, sky blue and ochre yellow. Furnishings are stylish and include stylish furniture, glass cabinets and with 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 are a calming escape for any visitor who stays here.  Take a dip in the swimming pool, relax in the garden or head to town – Siena is just a few minutes away – and relax in the heart of Tuscany.

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 the property.
  • Check in, relax, and enjoy a welcome Prosecco.  Review your welcome bag.
  • A chef’s tasting menu, including a full course dinner, is served at the property with wine included.

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

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, meet your driver for a tour to the Tuscan towns Monteriggioni and San Gimignano.  Explore both towns on your own.  If you prefer a guide, please let us know and we add that on.
  • 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 Tuscan 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 – Siena Wine Tour, Tasting & Lunch

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, meet your driver for a full day tour to the producers of Brunello di Montalcino with a tasting of wine along with a light lunch as part of your Siena wine tour.
  • In the afternoon, your 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 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 included.

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

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, head to the kitchen for your 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 with wine included.

Day 6: Check Out & Arrivederci!

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

 

Program Includes:

  • 6 days, 5 nights in a classic room based on 2 guests.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • 3 cooking classes followed by lunch or dinner on the foods prepared in class. Water and local wine is included.
  • 1 Welcome dinner including a Chef’s tasting menu with wine included.
  • 1 Farewell dinner featuring a full course menu with wine included.
  • 2 Tuscan dinners with local wine included.
  • Full day tour of Chianti, with a wine tasting and lunch included.
  • Full day excursion to the Crete Senesi and Brunello with a wine tasting and lunch included.
  • 1 Spa treatment: choose between a Shiatsu, Relax or Ayurvedico massage.
  • Arrival & departure transfers from Siena train station.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag, chef’s apron, Prosecco and recipes.
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

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.