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, and your instructor will be the famed Michelin-star chef Matia Barciulli. Spend a week savoring the food and wines of Tuscany while enjoying the gorgeous views over the Antinori vineyards.

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, and your instructor will be the famed Michelin-star chef Matia Barciulli. Spend a week savoring the food and wines of Tuscany while enjoying the gorgeous views over the Antinori vineyards.


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The trip was very well organized, and all aspects of the itinerary fell into place as scheduled. The drivers who looked after getting us around were very friendly and knowledgeable about the region, and their English was very good. Our accommodations on the Antinori property were very nice, quiet and clean. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The only glitch we had was on the first night we arrived, we were told we would have dinner in the restaurant on the property, but the restaurant staff seemed unaware that we were there as part of the cooking tour, and we were presented with a bill at the end of the meal. The hotel desk staff eventually refunded the value later in the week, but I would suggest that there be a little clearer communication that the meal was included in the tour, and that the guests be made clear that dinner will be looked after, or it be communicated to the restaurant staff that dinner was part of the tour. With all of the other meals we ate in restaurants, it seemed to be very clear to the restaurant that we were with a tour, and they knew what was planned as far as menu items or choices. The chefs conducting the actual cooking classes were superb. They did not take themselves too seriously, were more than willing to joke around, and had great patience with those of us who were not particularly culinarily gifted. [Regarding the cooking vacation packet:] In general very thorough. The content for the day four cooking class wasn't specified ahead of time - was preparing meat dishes - but knowing ahead wouldn't have changed anything. Everything else seemed to happen as advertised. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] We didn't have direct contact with the Chicago staff, but Adelle at TravelMasters in Saskatoon did an excellent job of matching us with this tour and putting everything in place. One thought...as this was our first trip to Europe, we were unsure of the local expectations regarding gratuities. Some guidance from those with previous experience may have been helpful. Beverly & Michael R., Canada

_Response from The International Kitchen:_ Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate it, and we apologize for the initial confusion regarding your welcome dinner. Regarding gratuities, we include our recommendations in our welcome letter, which was included in your cooking vacation packet!

Trip Details

Your 4 hands-on Tuscany cooking school classes will be at the new Fonte de’ Medici Cooking School with Michelin-star 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.
Classes include:

  • Two afternoon cooking classes featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine
  • One pasta and bread class
  • One pizza class at a local restaurant


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