Tuscany's Left Bank: Bolgheri and Supertuscan Wines

Tuscany is a land well known for its rolling hills and vineyards, and the western coast is home to some of our best Tuscany wine tours and cooking vacations. The western part of the province may be lesser known, but it’s no less beautiful between its sprawling wine estates, hilltop towns, and miles of sandy coastline along the crystal-clear Tyrrhenian Sea. This land, known as the Etruscan Coast, is most famous for its Super Tuscan wines, which you will experience on our Tuscany wine tours in western Tuscany.

The wine production of western Tuscany began shortly after World War II when an Italian aristocrat decided to experiment with Bordeaux varieties and use French winemaking practices. With the land’s rich soil and the sunny maritime climate, the wines quickly took off, and by the 1970s they were renowned around the world and considered on par with – if not better than – French Bordeaux wines. For Italians and Europeans, this part of Tuscany is a necessary stop on any Tuscany wine tours.

Nestled among these Bolgheri vineyards and near the Etruscan coast is the hamlet of Castagneto Carducci, just about 60 miles from Florence. Castagneto Carducci was named after the poet Giosue Carducci, and today the town continues to inspire artists and writers with the way the natural landscape seamlessly intertwines with the charming medieval town. In this stunning region, stay four nights in the lovely Villa Le Luci while exploring the foods and wines of Tuscany.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Craig & Marcia
Both of our experiences were unique and truly exceptional. Both Andrea and Deborah went out of their way to provide us with hands on cooking lessons, eating experiences and side trips that allowed us to immerse ourselves into the Tuscan region of Italy. Every cooking class was a new experience and both Andrea and Deborah's personalities made it so easy to feel comfortable and at ease while learning new skills. Our excursions and wine tastings were each different and informative... Exceptional lodging arrangements and great locations for two fabulous and unique experiences. Adrian did an exceptional job in fulfilling each and every step for our "Dream" vacation and cooking experience. We were celebrating our 50 Wedding Anniversary and we felt very special as the itinerary included awesome moments to commemorate this special event. Thank you again for a most amazing cooking experience and vacation!! (Note from TIK: These clients also participated in our Living the Real Tuscan Dream cooking vacation.)

Trip Details

Your 2 hands-on cooking classes will be with renowned local chef Deborah Corsi of La Perla del Mare restaurant on San Vincenzo beach. Chef Deborah loves infusing her grandmother’s recipes with molecular gastronomy, as well as being inspired by the season. You class menus might include:

  • tuna carpaccio marinated with citrus fruits
  • chickpea soup
  • seafood tagliolini
  • crispy millefoglie with vanilla ice cream


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Itinerary

Day One

  • Arrive at Pisa airport and transfer to the medieval hamlet of Castagneto Carducci, home for our western Tuscany wine tours. Check in to your accommodations, Villa Le Luci, which is situated among the vineyards just a few kilometers from the beach.
  • After a brief welcome by your host, Giovanni, settle in and perhaps take a stroll in town.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner at il Vecchio Frantoio restaurant, only a couple of steps from the villa. Some dishes you may enjoy include tortelli with ricotta cheese and roasted pig. A perfect start to your food and wine tour of Tuscany!
  • Overnight.

Petra Winery in western Tuscany


Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, meet your driving guide for a private full-day Tuscany wine tour. First, stop at Podere Sapaio — a 40 hectare vineyard and olive grove where they produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot wines — for a guided winery visit and wine tasting.
  • Next, it’s on to the colorful village of Bolgheri. Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, continue your Tuscany wine tour and visit Petra winery, a 300-hectare seaside estate designed by architect Mario Botta. After the wine tasting, take a walk into the medieval village of Suvereto and its fascinating hamlet.
  • Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Chef Dina Corsi


Day Three

  • Following breakfast, transfer to San Vincenzo for a cooking class with Chef Deborah Corsi at the seafood restaurant La Perla del Mare. In your private hands-on class, you’ll create a full menu. Lunch to follow based on your efforts, and the meal will be paired with DOC wines.
  • In the afternoon, take some time on your own to stroll down San Vincenzo beach and discover the village. You’ll then return to Villa Le Luci for some leisure time.
  • For dinner, head to Da Ugo restaurant, a favorite of the locals, to taste Ugo’s signature game dishes.
  • Overnight.

Argentiera Winery in Tuscany


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, transfer to la Perla del Mare for your second cooking class with Chef Deborah.
  • After class, enjoy lunch based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon, transfer to the Tenuta Argentiera winery where you will enjoy a guided visit with your host, one of our favorite experiences on our Tuscany wine tours. After a drive among the wine rows, you’ll reach the top of the hill, which overlooks the estate’s vineyards as well as the Tyrrhenian Sea. The tour concludes with a stop in the wine cellars for a wine tasting.
  • Return to Villa Le Luci.
  • Dinner on your own in town.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Check out and private transfer to Pisa airport. We hope you enjoyed your food and wine tour of Tuscany!

Trip Details

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation at Villa le Luci

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 hands-on cooking classes will be with renowned local chef Deborah Corsi of La Perla del Mare restaurant on San Vincenzo beach. Chef Deborah loves infusing her grandmother’s recipes with molecular gastronomy, as well as being inspired by the season. You class menus might include:

  • tuna carpaccio marinated with citrus fruits
  • chickpea soup
  • seafood tagliolini
  • crispy millefoglie with vanilla ice cream

Excursions

  • Full-day excursion to Podere Sapaio, Bolgheri, Petra winery, and Suvereto
  • San Vincenzo beach and village
  • Tenuta Argentiera

Transfer Details

  • Round-trip transfers from/to Pisa airport or train station.

Accommodation Information

After extensive restoration, this ancient family villa in the western Tuscan countryside was turned into a charming boutique hotel of just 6 rooms. All rooms offer king-size beds with modern amenities, including air conditioning, hair dryers, and internet.

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Low Season Pricing:
January-June, September-December

4-night Program
US$2450 per person based on double occupancy

    30% deposit due to confirm booking.
    Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

    Please inquire for single occupancy.

    High Season Pricing:
    July & August

    4-night Program
    US$2675 per person based on double occupancy

      30% deposit due to confirm booking.
      Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

      Please inquire for single occupancy.


      Tour Dates

      Available the following dates for a minimum of 2 people. Other start dates also possible, please inquire.

      2019
      January 20-24
      January 27-31
      February 3-7
      February 10-14
      February 17-21
      February 24-28
      March 3-7
      March 10-14
      March 17-21
      March 24-28
      March 31-April 4
      April 7-11
      April 14-18
      April 21-25
      April 28-May 2
      May 5-9
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      May 19-23
      May 26-30
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      June 9-13
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      June 23-27
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      July 7-11
      July 14-18
      July 21-25
      July 28-August 1
      August 4-8
      August 11-15
      August 18-22
      August 25-29
      September 1-5
      September 8-12
      September 15-19
      September 22-26
      September 29-October 3
      October 6-10
      October 13-17
      October 20-24
      October 27-31
      November 3-7
      November 10-14
      November 17-21
      November 24-28
      December 1-5
      December 8-12
      December 15-19
      December 22-26

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      Reviews

      We gave this trip 5 stars
      Craig & Marcia
      Both of our experiences were unique and truly exceptional. Both Andrea and Deborah went out of their way to provide us with hands on cooking lessons, eating experiences and side trips that allowed us to immerse ourselves into the Tuscan region of Italy. Every cooking class was a new experience and both Andrea and Deborah's personalities made it so easy to feel comfortable and at ease while learning new skills. Our excursions and wine tastings were each different and informative... Exceptional lodging arrangements and great locations for two fabulous and unique experiences. Adrian did an exceptional job in fulfilling each and every step for our "Dream" vacation and cooking experience. We were celebrating our 50 Wedding Anniversary and we felt very special as the itinerary included awesome moments to commemorate this special event. Thank you again for a most amazing cooking experience and vacation!! (Note from TIK: These clients also participated in our Living the Real Tuscan Dream cooking vacation.)
      No rating given with this review
      We were met at the Pisa airport by our host and driven to our B&B (his family's beautiful villa) in Castagneto Carducci a tiny town built on the side of a hill with magnificent views and sunsets. The next day we had a private tour of several wineries and Bolgheri (and a lunch of truffles and fresh pasta!). Day 3 and 4 we loved our private cooking class with Debrorah Corsi in the kitchen of La Perla del Mare on the beach in San Vincenzo. So much fun and informative with Cristina as our "interpreter" and partner in our cooking adventures. We did everything from removing ink sacks to puff pastry. A lovely tour of the beautiful Tenuta Argentiera winery and dinner "back home" in Castagneto Carducci. A great cooking and cultural experience with my daughter. We made new friends, cooked some delicious food and enjoyed Italian hospitality and wine. What more can you ask for? If you have a chance to take this trip, do it! [Regarding the cooking vacation packet:] Program packet was invaluable. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff] Answered every question we had.