Montalcino Culinary Excursion
4-Day, 3-Night Tuscan Excursion: July 15-18, 2019
Join The Taste SF and Food + Wine Sommelier of the Year, Ceri Smith, for an opportunity to experience Italy, like a genuine insider. Go behind the scenes for a culinary experience of a lifetime in one of Tuscany’s most revered wine regions. We’ve teamed up to get you exclusive access to the best wineries and culinary experiences in Montalcino that are not readily accessible to the public.
Our excursion is the perfect addition to your time here in Italy, you won’t need to lift a finger. Just arrive in Florence and we’ll take it from there -- whisking you away into the rolling hills and verdant vineyards of Tuscany.
We'll be staying at Le Ragnaie winery estate in Montalcino, which is situated at one of the highest peaks in the area, with expansive birds-eye views of the entire valley and the rolling hills of Tuscany.
Get to Know Ceri Smith
In addition to being named a Food & Wine sommelier of the year in 2014, Ceri is an expert in Italian wine. She's the recipient of acclaimed Leccio d'Oro awarded by the Brunello di Montalcino Consorzio, and owner of Biondivino Wine Boutiques in San Francisco and Palo Alto.
Ceri’s years of cultivating relationships with Italian winemakers, chefs and food purveyors have been long sought after, and now it’s your chance to experience it with her.
We'll take daily excursions to visit wineries and put our feet in the vineyards, to learn not only the wine but the soil and land - plus you'll discover gastronomic traditions through visits to places like local cheese makers and olive oil producers. If you need a break, relax in the gardens, wander the medieval village or Abbey of Sant Antimo, swim in the pool, book a massage, or just soak in the sun.
In the evenings, we’ll enjoy cocktails at aperitivo time, delicious winemaker dinners, and tastings with sought after wineries of Montalcino back at the estate.
- 4 days immersed in an exclusive insider wine and food experience
- 3 nights accommodation at a beautiful winery estate in the heart of Montalcino (double-occupancy room with ensuite bathroom)
- All scheduled meals and wine pairings (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Apertivo hour at the estate each evening
- Wine pairings from Ceri Smith & vsiting winemakers
- Group airport transfer between Florence and Montalcino
- Daily transportation
- All winery visits and tastings
- All excursions, classes, and tastings
What’s Not Included?
- Flights and travel expenses to and from Florence, Italy
- Medical/travel insurance
- Shopping and personal expenses
- All other expenses incurred during free time
- Gratuities for estate staff
- Any additional travel expenses associated with extended stays
Local Restaurants and Artisans
We'll take excursions each day to visit wineries and tour vineyards, plus you'll discover gastronomic traditions through visits to local artisans, cheese farms, or olive oil producers.
Your Italian Experience
You’ll taste, smell, and see behind the scenes as we take you on an insider tour in the heart of Tuscany. We'll be tasting what we consider to be the ‘genuine’ wine of Montalcino, eating amazing food, and visiting local artisans.
You'll tour vineyards, production facilities, meet winemakers, and taste the array of wine. These are the Tuscan artists who produce classic and natural wines, nothing commercial
There are only 12 spots available. If you would like to book an entire trip for a group, please email us directly. We would be happy to create a bespoke journey for you, please contact us if you would like to book something curated exactly for you. Final payments are to be made 30-days prior. Read the Terms & Conditions here.