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Cooking & Wine Tours in Tuscany

View from the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in TuscanyAbout the culinary tour in Tuscany: The Antinori family is one of Italy’s most famous wine-making families, and they will welcome you on one of our best wine tours in Tuscany. 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 that you will experience on our wine tours in Tuscany in the Chianti region, 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 Tuscan wine tour, and your instructor will be the famed Michelin-star chef Matia Barciulli or one of his chefs. Spend a week savoring the food and wines of Tuscany while enjoying the gorgeous views over the Antinori vineyards on one of our favorite foodie trips and wine tours in Tuscany.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Tuscan wine tour, pair it with our Truly Tuscany: Wine Tasting Tour on Tuscany’s Western Coast.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Joy & Rodney
CA
Wonderful itinerary. We were busy every day with sightseeing and cooking classes. The in depth lessons and wine pairings were excellent. All the plans were executed flawlessly. They even arranged our COVID tests to return back to the States. Highly recommend using TIK for your next adventure.

Highlights of Our Wine Tour Vacations in Tuscany

Experience the best of Tuscany on a food and wine tour that includes hands-on cooking classes featuring Tuscan cuisine and authentic Italian wood-fired pizza, as well as wine tastings at a variety of wineries. Your wine tastings will range from the famous Tignanello winery to small, family-owned wineries in other parts of Tuscany.

Itinerary

Antinori estate in TuscanyDay One – Sunday

  • Private transfer from Florence airport or train station to Fonte de’ Medici, home for our Tuscany wine tours with the Antinori family. This beautiful wine resort, owned by the famed wine-making family, is perfectly nestled in between the Chianti vineyards. The village, six hundred years old, takes its name from a fresh water spring that served as a resting place for pilgrims on their way from Florence to Rome.
  • Check in to your Superior room ( each room is named after a different grape ) and late afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool.
  • Welcome dinner at “Trattoria della Fonte,” the resort restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in TuscanyDay Two – Monday

  • Breakfast and early morning at disposal for individual explorations or enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • At about 10,00 am walk for about 15 minutes and reach the prestigious Tignanello Wine Cellars: the Antinori estate’s two signature wines, Solaia and Tignanello, are produced from these vineyards and have been defined by the international press as “among the most influential wines in the history of Italian viticulture”. Tignanello and Solaia each have their own exclusive vinification and aging cellars. This approach enhances the unique qualities of each wine by allowing us to refine and perfect each and every detail. The vinification cellar was completely renovated between 2008 and 2009. At the end of the wine cellar tour Wine tasting to follow with snacks.
  • Head back to the resort and time on your own for a light lunch at the trattoria.
  • In the afternoon private transfer to the charming village of Badia a Passignano where the Chef of the Restaurant and Pizzeria Le Scuderie will teach you how to do a real Italian Pizza in the wood oven . After the class you will be able to eat your “personal ” Pizza with wine. Transfer back to Fonte de Medici after dinner.
  • Overnight.

The famed Campo in Siena, Italy.Day Three – Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the estate.
  • At 10,00 am meet your Chef at the Cooking School to discover traditional Tuscan recipes. The Chef will create with you a complete menu and will provide you all the recipes in a practical pantry. Lunch to follow at Trattoria della Fonte.
  • In the afternoon meet your English speaking driver and arrival in the beautiful city of Siena. Together with your private guide discover the glorious Cathedral and its interior, Campo Square and the tremendous stories about the horse-race, Palio. Walking around with a native, you’ll discover “official” info as well as “back stage” stories. According to your interests, you might want to go to visit a Contrada (clubhouse of a town district), usually closed to the public. During the guided tour stop in 2 local pastry shops to taste the original “ricciarelli” biscuits and “Panforte” cake of Siena. Dinner at the traditional Restaurant Enoteca dei Vinattieri to taste the famous Pici all’aglione (pasta dish) .
  • Return back to your accommodation after dinner and overnight.
  • Overnight.

Chef Matia and PegDay Four – Wednesday

  • Breakfast.
  • At 9,30 am meet your English speaking driving guide for a full day excursion in the Chianti region : discover Greve and its quaint Piazza and make sure to stop at Falorni’s Butcher Shop. Walk up to Montefioralle to discover the Medieval village where Amerigo Vespucci was born. Later proceed to Castellina in Chianti and stop at Querceto di Castellina Wine Estate family run authentic winery . Enjoy a guided wine cellar tour  together with lunch and wine tasting  to follow.
  • At 3:30 return back to your accommodation to meet the property’s Executive Chef at 4:00 for a hands on cooking class to discover all the secrets of the Italian pasta. Dinner with tasting menu at Trattoria della Fonte will follow with paired wines.
  • Overnight.

Pile of truffles on a cooking vacationDay Five – Thursday

  • Breakfast, followed by the morning at your disposal to enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • This morning at 9:30 a.m. meet in the hotel lobby with your English-speaking driver and reach the lovely town of Badia a Passignano to enjoy your truffle hunting experience with a truffle hunter and his faithful and friendly dog. He will tell you about which are the kinds of truffles, about the training techniques for dogs and, of course, he will show you the art of truffle hunting in the countryside. For this visit, appropriate clothing and shoes are required.
  • Lunch based on truffles will follow with paired wines. After lunch reach the charming village of San Gimignano for a pleasant walk on your own in the city center: already a powerful community in the 1100, San Gimignano became famous for its daring towers built to symbolize the wealth of the town and of its merchants.
  • After the walk return back to Fonte de Medici. Dinner on own this evening.
  • Overnight at Fonte de’ Medici.

Street in Pienza on a Tuscany cooking vacationDay Six – Friday

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning at 9:00 a.m. meet in the hotel lobby with your English-speaking driver and reach the lovely town of Pienza true symbol of Renaissance. Walk on your own in the narrow romantic streets of this tiny village who was home to Pope Pius II and perfectly represents the Quintessence of Tuscany over five hundred years later.
  • At 11:30 drive to the family Wine Estate of La Bindella for a wine tour of the historical wine cellar with lunch and wine tastings to follow. After lunch reach the wine region of Brunello di Montalcino and stop to the Wine Estate Caparzo for a guided visit of their wine cellars and to taste their Brunello di Montalcino.
  • Return back to Fonte de Medici.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

The patio of the Fonte de Medici estate on your culinary vacation in TuscanyDay Seven – Saturday

  • Breakfast and check out. Transfer around 10:00 am to Florence railway station or Florence airport.

Day One

  • Private transfer from Florence airport or train station to Fonte de’ Medici, home for our Tuscany wine tours with the Antinori family. This beautiful wine resort, owned by the famed wine-making family, is perfectly nestled in between the Chianti vineyards. The village, six hundred years old, takes its name from a fresh water spring that served as a resting place for pilgrims on their way from Florence to Rome.
  • Check in to your Superior room ( each room is named after a different grape ) and late afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool.
  • Welcome dinner at “Trattoria della Fonte,” the resort restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Antinori estate in Tuscany


Day Two

  • Breakfast and early morning at disposal for individual explorations or enjoy the hotel facilities.
  • At about 10,00 am walk for about 15 minutes and reach the prestigious Tignanello Wine Cellars: the Antinori estate’s two signature wines, Solaia and Tignanello, are produced from these vineyards and have been defined by the international press as “among the most influential wines in the history of Italian viticulture”. Tignanello and Solaia each have their own exclusive vinification and aging cellars. This approach enhances the unique qualities of each wine by allowing us to refine and perfect each and every detail. The vinification cellar was completely renovated between 2008 and 2009. At the end of the wine cellar tour Wine tasting to follow with snacks.
  • Head back to the resort and time on your own for a light lunch at the trattoria.
  • In the afternoon private transfer to the charming village of Badia a Passignano where the Chef of the Restaurant and Pizzeria Le Scuderie will teach you how to do a real Italian Pizza in the wood oven . After the class you will be able to eat your “personal ” Pizza with wine. Transfer back to Fonte de Medici after dinner.
  • Overnight.

Cooking class in Tuscany


Day Three

  • Breakfast at the estate.
  • At 10,00 am meet your Chef at the Cooking School to discover traditional Tuscan recipes. The Chef will create with you a complete menu and will provide you all the recipes in a practical pantry. Lunch to follow at Trattoria della Fonte.
  • In the afternoon meet your English speaking driver and arrival in the beautiful city of Siena. Together with your private guide discover the glorious Cathedral and its interior, Campo Square and the tremendous stories about the horse-race, Palio. Walking around with a native, you’ll discover “official” info as well as “back stage” stories. According to your interests, you might want to go to visit a Contrada (clubhouse of a town district), usually closed to the public. During the guided tour stop in 2 local pastry shops to taste the original “ricciarelli” biscuits and “Panforte” cake of Siena. Dinner at the traditional Restaurant Enoteca dei Vinattieri to taste the famous Pici all’aglione (pasta dish) .
  • Return back to your accommodation after dinner and overnight.
  • Overnight.

Chef Matia and Peg


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • At 9,30 am meet your English speaking driving guide for a full day excursion in the Chianti region : discover Greve and its quaint Piazza and make sure to stop at Falorni’s Butcher Shop. Walk up to Montefioralle to discover the Medieval village where Amerigo Vespucci was born. Later proceed to Castellina in Chianti and stop at Querceto di Castellina Wine Estate family run authentic winery . Enjoy a guided wine cellar tour  together with lunch and wine tasting  to follow.
  • At 3:30 return back to your accommodation to meet the Executive Chef Antinori at 4:00 for a hands on cooking class to discover all the secrets of the Italian pasta. Dinner with tasting menu at Trattoria della Fonte will follow with paired wines.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Breakfast and check out. Transfer around 10:00 am to Florence railway station or Florence airport.

Tuscany Wine & Food Tours: Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Tuscany Food and Wine Tours

Accommodations

6 nights in a superior double or double twin room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 3 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 chefs, or at a local restaurant. The food that inspires the courses hails from the Trattoria de’ Medici, 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 cooking classes featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine
  • One pizza class at a local restaurant

Excursions

  • Excursion to Siena with 2-hour guided tour
  • Truffle hunt
  • Visit of San Gimignano
  • Guided Tuscany wine tours of Tignanello, Querceto, Bindella, and Caparzo wineries
  • Full-day excursion to Chianti with English-speaking driver guide
  • Excursion to Pienza and Montalcino

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Florence airport (around 12:00 noon) or train station (around 3:30 PM).
  • Return transfer around 10 AM to Florence train station or airport.

Other transfers will be charged an extra 120 Euros each way.

Not Included

  • Tips
  • Additional beverages

Included in the 4-Night Tuscan Culinary Vacation

Accommodations

4 nights in a double or double twin room

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 3 hands-on Tuscany cooking school classes will be at the new Fonte de’ Medici Cooking School with the chefs of the resort. The food that inspires the courses hails from the Trattoria de’ Medici, 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 cooking classes featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine
  • One pizza class at a local restaurant

Excursions

  • Excursion to Siena with 2-hour guided tour
  • Guided Tuscany wine tours of Tignanello and Querceto wineries
  • Full-day excursion to Chianti with English-speaking driver guide

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Florence airport (around 12:00 noon) or train station (around 3:30 PM).
  • Return transfer around 10 AM to Florence train station or airport.

Other transfers will be charged an extra 120 Euros each way.

Not Included

  • Tips
  • Additional beverages

Accommodation Information

Part of the Antinori wine empire lies on a 300-plus hectare plot near Badia a Passignano, which includes the lovely Fonte de’ Medici, which 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 rooms, suites, and apartments, as well as a swimming pool, trattoria, and tennis court.

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Antinori Wine Tours in Tuscany: Pricing & Dates

Find pricing and dates for our Tuscany wine tours below, and contact us for availability or to book your trip.



2022 Sample* Pricing:
March through October

(please inquire with specific dates)

6-Night Food and Wine Tour Pricing

US$4650 per person based on double occupancy

    *Pricing can vary by season–please inquire with specific dates for accurate pricing for your trip.

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.

    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Single supplement: please inquire.

    Pre- or post-nights in Florence? Please inquire!

    Please inquire to customize the tour!


    Tuscany Food and Wine Tour Dates

    Our wine tours in Tuscany at the Antinori estate are generally available March to November for a minimum of 2 people. The Tuscan cooking vacation itinerary usually starts on Sunday, and be customized according to your tastes. Sample dates follow, but please inquire for availability.

    2022 
    February 27-March 5
    March 6-12
    March 13-19
    March 20-26
    March 27-April 2 – sold out 
    April 3-9
    April 10-16
    April 19-23 – sold out
    April 24-30
    May 1-5
    May 5-8 – sold out
    May 15-21
    May 22-26
    May 27-July 5 – sold out
    July 1-3 sold out
    July 10-16
    July 17-23
    July 24-30
    July 31-August 1 – sold out
    August 2-6
    August 7-13
    August 14-20
    August 22-25 – sold out
    August 28-September 3
    September 5-7 – sold out
    September 11-17
    September 18-24
    September 25-October 1
    October 2-8
    October 9-13
    October 14-16 – sold out
    October 23-29


    2022 Sample* Pricing:
    March through October

    (please inquire with specific dates)

    4-Night Tuscany Food and Wine Tour Pricing

    US$3200 per person based on double occupancy

      *Pricing varies by season–please inquire with specific dates for accurate pricing for your trip.

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.

      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      Single supplement – please inquire.

      Pre- or post-nights in Florence? Please inquire!

      Please inquire to customize the tour!


      Tuscany Culinary Tour Dates

      Our Tuscany wine tours at the Antinori estate are generally available March to November for a minimum of 2 people. The Tuscany culinary tour itinerary usually starts on a Sunday.

      2022: Sample weeks follow, please inquire for availability.

      2022
      March 6-10
      March 13-17
      March 20-24
      March 30-April 2– sold out
      April 3-7
      April 10-14
      April 19-23 – sold out
      April 24-28
      May 1-5
      May 5-8 – sold out
      May 15-19
      May 22-26
      May 27-28 – sold out
      June 4-6 – sold out
      June 10-12 sold out
      June 14-July 4 – Sold out
      July 10-14
      July 17-21
      July 24-28
      July 30-August 1 – sold out
      August 7-11
      August 14-18
      August 22-25 – sold out
      August 28-September 1
      September 5-7 – sold out
      September 11-15
      September 18-22
      September 25-29
      October 2-6
      October 14-16 – sold out
      October 23-27

       

      Reviews

      We gave this trip 5 stars
      Joy & Rodney
      CA
      Wonderful itinerary. We were busy every day with sightseeing and cooking classes. The in depth lessons and wine pairings were excellent. All the plans were executed flawlessly. They even arranged our COVID tests to return back to the States. Highly recommend using TIK for your next adventure.
      We gave this trip 5 stars
      RAY & SUSAN
      California
      Trip taken October 2018
      it was a dream spot we had a wonderful time, the cooking class was so much fun. The restaurant t at the winery was great. The waitresses were the best!! Our two room suite was very comfortable and the views were amazing.
      We gave this trip 5 stars
      Josephine & James
      Trip taken August 2015
      It was very hands on. The chef's made sure we did everything. The Fonte de' Medici resort was wonderful. The restaurant on the property had wonderful food. We had a lovely room. It was a great experience that we will remember forever. It was very relaxing while on the resort. I could move there! The guides, and transportation for our sightseeing were on time and very knowledgeable. We highly recommend this resort.
      No rating given with this review
      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. 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.
      No rating given with this review
      We had a phenomenal time!! Everything went perfectly from pick up to delivery. We adored our chef, Niarcho and the wonderful special restaurant. Two suggestions- our driver's English wasn't great- would help if it was better, also we actually hired him to drive us to some of the surrounding towns. We think you should build that in. Thanks for everything!

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