Tuscan Dream: Cook in a Luxury Chianti Villa
Greve in Chianti
Get to know the real Tuscany with a locally focused cooking vacation and native experts, all while staying in a spacious, private luxury villa near the charming town of Greve-in-Chianti. Situated in the heart of Chianti, this is one of the most unspoiled places in the region; this beautiful area is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards that are managed by a close-knit group of vintners who promote sustainable and organic vineyard techniques. It's the Tuscany culinary trip you've dreamt about — and so much more.
As you’ll be vacationing in a private villa, you’ll be treated like a guest staying in a friend’s home. In fact, during this trip, you’ll have your very own professional assistant at your disposal, who will happily share their knowledge of the Tuscan lifestyle, traditions, culture, and of course, gastronomy and wine.
About the accommodations: The beautifully restored farmhouse is located in the Tuscan countryside a short drive from Florence, Greve in Chianti, and Siena. Decorated in Tuscan style — complete with wooden beams and terra-cotta floors — the property offers modern comforts, large living areas, a swimming pool, and indoor and outdoor spaces that make it easy to relax and enjoy the view.
About the cooking classes: All your classes are led by a Cordon Blue trained chef, Barbara, who is affectionately known as Chef Babs. After growing up in Canada, Italy, and England, she decided to pursue her passion for chocolate — and cooking. After graduating from Cordon Bleu with a Grand Diplome, and after becoming a qualified sommellier, she worked for two well-known Chianti wineries and a variety of restaurants. Today, she focuses on teaching professional and non-professional cooking courses.
During your three hands-on cooking classes in the well-equipped kitchen, Chef Babs will teach you how to make authentic Italian recipes including everything from homemade bread and pasta to entrees, side dishes, and desserts. You will cook with top-quality produce from local producers and farmers and will master the art of Italian preparation and seasoning.