Antinori's Noble Tuscany
About the Tuscany cooking vacation location: The Antinori family is one of Italy's most famous wine-making families. They have been making wines in the Chianti region of Tuscany for over seven hundred years, and the Marchese Piero Antinori shook up the entire Italian wine world with "Tignanello," known today as one of the first Super Tuscans, which have for the decades since been regarded as some of the best wines in the world.
But wine is only a part of the amazing Antinori presence in Tuscany, as they are deeply committed to the land, the food, and the people. A small "borgo," owned by the Antiniori family, is the primary location for this International Kitchen Tuscany cooking school vacation.
Part of the Antinori wine empire lies on a 300-plus hectare plot near Badia a Passignano, which includes the lovely Fonte de' Medici that will be your home for this exclusive and unforgettable foray into the food and wines of Tuscany. Perched on a hilltop, ideally situated near Florence, and literally surrounded by vineyards on all sides, the Fonte de' Medici is a perfect place to explore Tuscany. The estate dates back to the 1400's, and the several small buildings now house the elegant B&B's rooms, suites, and apartments, as well as a swimming pool, "trattoria," and tennis court.
About the cooking lessons: Your hands-on Tuscany cooking school classes will be at the new Fonte de' Medici Cooking School with Chef Matia Barciulli or his sous chef. The food that inspires the courses hails from the Trattoria de' Medici and the Michelin-star Osteria di Passignano, and its roots are all Tuscan. You will prepare staples of Tuscan cuisine as well as innovative Tuscan dishes that are all seasonally-based, and enriched by the Tuscan air and, of course, the accompanying Antinori wines.