Olive oil, wine and cheese tasting holiday

Tuscany Region, Tuscany, Italy

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Holiday Itinerary

In the grounds of a wonderful Agriturismo is this beautiful fanily 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 holiday offers a unique opportunity to discover Italian life where the 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 and taste the end product for yourself.

You will visit one of the local organic cheese farms which, surrounded by a unique landscape, specializes in the production of fully organic cheese, from fresh ricotta to ripened pecorino.

This is a wonderful introduction to Tuscany’s rich culture of wine, olive oil and cheese 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 wine, oil and cheese connoisseurs
- 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 cheese 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 do I start?
- This course runs year round with the exception of July and August and Christmas holidays
- 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 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 – Olive oil and wine tastings
- 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 3 – Cheese
- Enjoy another tasty Italian breakfast before joining your English speaking guide for a trip to one of the local organic cheese farms
- You will see the workroom during the production process.  Visit the barn which houses the sheep and the pigs. Then you can taste the different kinds of cheese together with ham, salami and local honey, for a delicious light lunch
- Return to the farmhouse and have the rest of the day and evening to yourself

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
- All about the production of organic cheese and the workings of a cheese farm

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 enjoy a light lunch at the cheese farm on day 3

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