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The Chianti Masterpiece Siena™

Chianti Cooking Classes and Wine Tours ~ 3 and 4 Days

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Join Signor Francesco, chef, wine maker and sommelier in his kitchen for our deliciously tempting Tuscany Cooking Vacations in Chianti. Gently sweeping hills adorned with pristine vineyards and grey-green olive groves, pretty country churches and imposing stone castles provide the backdrop for your cooking school vacation. Set on nearly 15 acres of vineyards and producing award-winning wines, this beautiful residence will be your home during your tour, as you allow yourself to become intoxicated by your hosts’ unique organic wines, savoring their many healing properties and discovering their hidden secrets. Take a tour of the property’s winery, visiting the vineyard, tasting wines and learning about the Chianti Classico; enjoy accompanying your lunches and dinners with a delicious selection of house reds and whites; and opt to discover the wonderful healing properties of wine and grapes by adding on a wine therapy massage and jacuzzi at the property’s relaxing spa. Signor Francesco also produces extra virgin first-cold pressed Tuscan olive oil at the property.

Gaiole in Chianti

Gaiole in Chianti is located approximately 40 km southeast of Florence and northeast of Siena in the Chianti hills.  This region of Tuscany is well known for its artisan cheese, salumi, olives and oils, breads and honey too. Join us in Chianti in Gaiole – between Medieval villages and farms – where wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs and sommeliers sip, swirl and dine on exquisite Tuscan cuisine.

Chianti Cooking Classes

Join Chef Fabio in the kitchen, whose philosophy is “see, smell and eat it” and each day, he is very particular and selects only the best fresh ingredients from the garden and the market for your hands-on cooking classes. The atmosphere in the kitchen is informal, encouraging you to ask questions, roll up your sleeves and get involved.  Your Chef is a true Tuscan food lover – preparing homemade antipasto, pasta, risotto – main courses – and desserts!

Tuscan cuisine is unique and based on the simplicity of raw materials, cooked with skillful craftsmanship. Tuscan history speaks of agriculture and simple living, therefore dishes are based around the use of the ingredients of common people who could not afford luxuries in the kitchen – olive oil replacing lard, vegetables as a base for the soups instead of meat, chestnut flour, and so on.  Everyone will prepare genuine ingredients using ancient culinary traditions and methods, creating delicious Tuscan everything from panzanella, pappa al pomodoro, pici, lasagna, risotto, roast pork loin, duck, tripe, to cantuccini and tiramisù.

Each class is 2 to 3 hours long.  Following each cooking class, everyone dines together enjoying the foods that were prepared in the class with Signor Francesco’s Tuscan wine included.  This tour is an exclusive  at Cooking Vacations Tuscany Italy.

Chianti Accommodations

Imagine a beautifully restored Tuscan villa nestled cozily in the Chianti hillside: this will be your home for the duration of your cooking program. Rooms and suites are marked by distinctive and charming elements: for example, one suite has a bed made completely from antique oak barrels. Floors are made of traditional terracotta tiles, exposed stones and beams give character to apartments, and furnishings are carefully chosen to reflect the traditional Tuscan style and comfort. Each bedroom has a private bathroom (some equipped with hydromassage), mini bar, TV, air conditioning, some of which boast private living rooms, and others private terraces in this Tuscan cooking tours.

Suites and apartments available for groups and families of different sizes. Please call for more information on accommodation options.

Itinerary:  Select from 3 or 4 Days Cooking Tours 

 

Chianti Cooking and Wine Tours 

4- Day – 3 Nights  

Program Includes:
  • 4 days, 3 nights, based on 2 guests in a classic room.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Chef’s Welcome Dinner featuring a full course Tuscan tasting menu with wine produced on the property.
  • 1 hands-on Tuscan cooking class dinner following, including the foods that were prepared in the cooking class with a toast of wine and water included.
  • Vineyard tour followed by a Vertical Wine Tasting.
  • Gourmet Tuscan Dinner full with course menu, aperitivo and wine pairing, included.
  • Arrival and departure transfers from Chianti Train Station Montevarchi to the estate.
  • Cooking Vacations Welcome Bag with chef’s apron and Prosecco.
  • A copy of Lauren’s cookbook, It’s A Dream Place – Stories and Recipes of Food, Love & the Amalfi Coast

Program Price

$1,395 per person, based on 2 guests in a classic room.

Chianti Cooking and Wine Tours 

3 Day – 2 Nights – 

Program Includes:
  • 3 days, 2 nights, based on 2 guests.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Chef’s Welcome Dinner featuring a full course Tuscan tasting menu with wine produced on the property.
  • 2 hands-on cooking class, with lunch or dinner following on the foods prepared in the cooking class with a toast of wine and water included.
  • Vineyard tour followed by a Vertical Wine Tasting.
  • Gourmet Tuscan Dinner with full course menu, aperitivo and wine pairing, included.
  • Arrival and departure transfers from Chianti Train Station Montevarchi to the estate.
  • Cooking Vacations Welcome Bag with chef’s apron and Prosecco.
  • A copy of Lauren’s cookbook, It’s A Dream Place – Stories and Recipes of Food, Love & the Amalfi Coast.
Program Price

$1,195  per person, based on 2 guests in a classic room.

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.  Round trip transfers from Florence can be added on.  Prices vary depending the size of your group

Check Availability

*Transfers are not included in this program. A rental car is suggested though not required to tour Tuscany on your own in your free time. Ask about adding on arrival & departure transfers and additional excursions to your program if you choose not to have a car.

2024 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check in and start your program on 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.