Olive oil, wine tasting and cookery holiday

Tuscany Region, Tuscany, Italy

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Holiday Itinerary

In the grounds of a wonderful Agriturismo is this beautiful family run farmhouse just 40km from Pisa in the Tuscan hills offering the perfect location in which to pursue your passion for all things Italian.

This Tuscan cookery course offers a unique opportunity to discover Italian life where family works together on the estate to produce olive oil and wines using organic and traditional farming methods.

Under the direction of your knowledgeable guides, you will learn about the local olive oil and wine production process as well as learning to cook a delicious Italian meal taught by local Chefs.

This is a wonderful introduction to Tuscany’s rich culture of wine, olive oil and food set in the beautiful and relaxing surroundings, a must for any Tuscan food and wine enthusiast.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced cooks
- Your hosts are Italian but there are English speaking guides on hand at all times to guide you through the course
- Minimum age 18 for the wine element of the course but children are welcome to join the olive oil and cooking part of the course if accompanied by an adult
- Younger children are welcome and babysitting can be arranged locally at an additional charge whilst you are taking your course
- A minimum of 2 people must book together on this course for the course to run
- Please note that car hire is essential for this holiday

When can I start?
- This holiday runs year round with the exception of July, August and Christmas
- Arrivals can be on any day of the week
- If this course appears ‘on request’, we can usually accommodate your requirements, to check availability, email us on hello@golearnto.com or call us on +44 (0)208 144 5990 with your preferred dates and someone will get back to you very quickly

Typical itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival Day
- Check-in to your accommodation anytime after 2pm
- In the evening you will enjoy a 3 course welcome dinner typically served in the farmhouse dining room or on the terrace
- Please note that your welcome dinner may not always be taken at the Farmhouse; it may take place in a local restaurant in the nearby town of Peccioli
- If your welcome dinner is taken in a nearby restaurant, please check taxi fares if you decide to travel by taxi

Day 2 – Free time and cooking class
- Enjoy a leisurely Italian breakfast when you rise for the day
- Spend the day relaxing by the pool or exploring the local area before starting your cooking lesson at around 4pm (times can vary)
- Your cooking lesson will last around 3 hours and will focus on cooking a 3 course menu of typical local dishes
- After the cooking lesson, sit down and enjoy eating the meal you’ve just prepared accompanied by the estate produced wines

Day 3 – Olive oil and wine tastings
- Again, relax over a leisurely Italian breakfast before joining your English speaking guide for a day touring the estate on foot to discover the olive oil and wine making processes
- You’ll be accompanied by the person in charge of the agricultural production on the estate and you’ll walk through the vineyards learning about the history of the farm, the characteristics of its produce and the methods of cultivation
- After your walk, enjoy tastings of the wine (Chianti and Igt) and extra virgin olive oil produced there, combined with local bruschetta

Day 4 – Departure day
- After breakfast guests are asked to check-out of their rooms by 11am ready for departure taking home with them new cooking skills and an insight into Italian life that will stay with them long after the holiday is over

What will I learn?
- Skills to recognise and enjoy the complexity of the Italian wines produced on the estate
- To understand the methods and history of the production process using traditional methods
- About the process of making olive oil from growing to production
- You’ll taste the oils and will aim to recognise the different qualities and grades
- The cooking course will concentrate on the typical cuisine of Tuscan: its pastas, risottos, meat and vegetable dishes
- At the start of your course, your Chef will discuss menus with you to ensure you cover any particular skills you want to learn during your cookery class

Where will I stay?
- You'll stay in a well appointed twin or double room in the farmhouse which is set in the grounds of the estate
- Check in anytime after 2pm on your arrival day and check out by 11am on your departure day
- The beautiful farmhouse offers every comfort of a hotel with the relaxed and easy going feel of a countryside retreat 
- The house has been converted to a high standard maintaining the original Tuscan farmhouse architecture
- Guests take their breakfasts and welcome dinner in the house dining room and the house has its own large swimming pool
- Prices are based on 2 sharing a twin or double room
- 2 bedroom apartments are available for families or groups at a small supplement
- Giuseppe's farmhouse provides WiFi underneath the portico next to the office
- They have a dog and a cat who are free in the courtyard

Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- There is one ground room floor with wheelchair access and a step in shower, please check availability for your dates

Are meals included?
- Breakfast is included each day
- A welcome dinner is included on your arrival day
- You’ll also enjoy the dinner you’ve learned to cook on day 2

Sample Italian menus
Dishes vary according to the season and what food is available but may include:
- Risotto with artichokes
- Pasta with spinach and ricotta
- Tuscan meat stew
- Tuscan bean soup
- Tiramisu
- Stuffed onions with pecorino cheese
- Rosemary roasted vegetables
- Focaccia bread
- Wines from the estate are carefully chosen to accompany each dish
- Dietary requests can be catered for including vegetarians if advised at the time of booking

Other courses in Tuscany
- If this Tuscany cookery holiday whets your appetite for all things Italian, other courses are also on offer, including cheese making, painting and more, please follow this link to more courses at this school or email hello@golearnto.com for details