Join Fabrizio at the family estate, a beautiful farmhouse villa located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. The Tuscan cooking classes, held in the villa’s private kitchen, feature typical recipes from the Florence area under the direction of Chef Melina. She will lead you through making Tuscan antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert. Melina’s energetic personality, along with her talented cooking skills make this class our best seller for Tuscany. The entire staff, along with Fabrizio and his family, welcome you for a fun-filled cooking experience in the heart of Chianti!
Cooking Lessons & Market Tour
Experience the delights of the traditional Tuscan lifestyle, while attending fun-filled cooking classes and enjoying relaxing excursions. You will learn to prepare all the essential components of a Tuscan meal: appetizers and breads, soups, homemade pasta, meats, vegetables and desserts.
Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and pepolino, wild thyme, artichokes and tomatoes stuffed with herbs and cheese, gnocchi with ragù, Chianti Etruscan sauce & beans all’uccelletto, Vin Santo & cantuccini, traditional Tuscan almond cookies, tiramisù, schiacciata con l’uva, Tuscan cake made with red grapes and rosemary, are just a sample of Melina’s excellent recipes that you will learn. Recipes will vary depending on the seasons.
The kitchen is the classroom, in which our Chef Melina leads hands-on cooking classes, featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine. The estate’s country-style kitchen is located in the main villa and in what used to be one of the family’s wine cellars.
You will learn the secrets of making gnocchetti verdi di patate con pomodorino fresco e basilico, green potato gnocchi with fresh tomatoes and basil, filetto d’orata al gratin di patate, fish with potato gratin, and semifreddo alle nocciole con cioccolato fondente, ice cream cake with dark chocolate and nuts. Following the class, everyone eats the fruits of their labor together, accompanied by wine from the estate. In addition, you will learn to prepare dishes such as seafood risotto, Tenderloin with Black Truffles, Porcini Mushrooms, and dolci. Dolci, desserts in Italian, include: bavarese alla frutta fresca, Tuscan cake with fresh fruit and the famous cantuccini, almond biscotti.
Experience a visit to the vibrant marketplace as the aromas of just baked bread, artisan cheese, and morning picked produce from the nearby rolling hills stir your senses. Listen to the sounds of sellers calling out their daily catch, prime cuts and specials. Shop along rows of passionate purveyors who have kept the old world way of protected food and wine. The sleepy Tuscany towns are a sharp contrast against the lively marketplace.
The family has operated its vineyards, specializing in the Chianti wine since the 19th century.
The wines are long-lived and are examples of the best in the Chianti wine region, thanks to their knowledge and appreciation of wine. Tradition and old family customs merge with modern winemaking technologies, which yield production totals of nearly 30,000 bottles a year. The award-winning wines boast the Silver Label, awarded at the Tuscan Gastronomic Show in New York City 2005 & 2006, and earned honorable mention at the VIII edition of the Tuscan Wine Selection in 2008.
The Villa Accommodations
The private villa has recently been restored, respecting its old-world charm, while adding modern comforts. Set on a working vineyard, the property is surrounded by rolling green Tuscan hills in the heart of Montespertoli. The estate has a vast olive grove and an organic vegetable garden, which produces beautiful olives, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini and a bounty of seasonal produce. Guests are invited to pick the fruits and vegetables, which are then used in the cooking classes.
The accommodations are large apartments and oversized superior rooms, traditionally furnished and newly renovated with modern conveniences; most with air conditioning. Each room has a private bathroom, telephone, full kitchenette, refrigerator, satellite TV, and a private garden or spacious terrace.
Stepping outside your door is a colorful garden with a café-style terrace for eating, reading or painting. There is an outdoor wood-burning brick oven for pizza parties, an over-sized swimming pool and terrace on the property grounds. Majestic Murgesi horses are bred on the premises. If you like to ride, tell Fabrizio and he can arrange for horseback riding in the beautiful surroundings.
In the farmhouse’s spacious dining room, breakfast is served daily, featuring breads, cold cuts, cheese, homemade jams, biscotti and cakes baked each morning by Simonetta. Traditional Tuscan lunch or dinner is also available; reservations must be made in advance.
Itinerary ~ 2 Days, 1 Night
This program is available for the local market held Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Day 1: Market Tour & Cooking Class 1
- Arrive in the morning.
- Morning visit to the local Farmers’ Market. Visit the local producers of vegetables, fruits, fish, game and olive oil. Piled high are baskets of the season’s freshest produce. Select the ingredients that will be used in class.
- In the afternoon, meet in the kitchen for your Cooking Class 1. This hands-on experience, led by Chef Melina, teaches you her Tuscan family recipes. The menu includes a first course, second course, contorno, side dish, and dessert. Dinner follows with everyone eating the foods prepared in class. Wine is included.
Day 2: Departure & Arrivederci!
- Breakfast is served.
- Departure, ciao & a presto!
Note: This sample itinerary schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saints days; festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the week.
- 2 days, 1 night in a superior double room, based on double occupancy. Click To View!
- Daily breakfast.
- 1 hands-on cooking class, followed by lunch or dinner with wine included.
- Local market visit.
$550 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
$275 Single Supplement.
2019 Dates: This program is available throughout the entire year. The local market is held Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Other days may be available upon request. 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.
Full Day Tour ~ Siena & San Gimignano
A private 7-hour excursion through the Tuscan Hills, to visit Chianti and “la strada di vini”, the street of wine country, touring through San Gimignano~ Italy’s wine country & Siena~the Medieval City of Art & Romance, in a private car with our driver/guide. Giovanni your driver will bring you to our favorite Tuscan trattoria (lunch and wine not included). This excursion is optional, and is an extra charge.
$395 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included. Lunch and gratuities not included.