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White Truffle and Culinary Wine Retreat DEPOSIT - Tuscany 11-16 November 2020


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Dates: 11-16 November 2020 (5 nights, 5 days)
Location: San Miniato, Tuscany
Cost: from 2,500 euro per person (single supplement 400 euro)

Your hosts: Cookbook author Emiko Davies and sommelier Marco Lami

What is included in the price:

5 nights accommodation in a beautiful, renovated, private farmhouse
Day trips and all transport included in the itinerary
Biodynamic winery visits and tastings
Organic farm visit and saffron harvest experience
5 healthy breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners, including two typically Tuscan meals out
All wine during meals (and in between!)
Two full cooking classes with a cookbook author
Two wine lessons with a certified sommelier
A white truffle hunt and plenty of white and black truffles for the cooking class
Olive oil masterclass and tasting

Not included in the cost:
Airfare and travel costs to and from the farmhouse
Travel insurance

The itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at the farmhouse in late afternoon. Aperitivo followed by a welcoming dinner together in the farmhouse.

Day 2: After breakfast, a short trip to visit to one of our favourite organic farms in San Gimignano to pick crocus flowers and harvest fresh saffron. A delicious seasonal lunch in front of the fireplace with produce, wine and olive oil all from the farm to follow. After lunch, free time to wander the medieval town of San Gimignano and visit to a local biodynamic winery. Casual dinner back at the farmhouse with wine pairings by Marco.

Day 3: After a relaxed breakfast, we will have a cooking class at the house with Emiko followed by lunch and an olive oil masterclass with an expert – learn how to recognise the difference between a faulty and an excellent olive oil. Time to relax and enjoy and explore the grounds of the farmhouse. Dinner will be homemade wood-fired pizza (made in the eighteenth century oven) with a wine lesson by Marco.

Day 4: Today will be all about white truffles! We start the day with a morning of truffle hunting. We will visit a biodynamic winery with a wine tasting and nibbles, have a light lunch in a butcher shop with the best view in town and then free time for a stroll through the delicious White Truffle festival (which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year) and all its offerings. Truffle dinner in a local trattoria.

Day 5: Breakfast and then a cooking lesson with white and black truffles, plus a wine lesson with Marco. We can spend the afternoon around the fireplace roasting chestnuts and chatting, answering questions and drinking wine. A casual dinner at the farmhouse for our last night.

Day 6: After a relaxed breakfast we say our goodbyes.

To book your place:

We require a non-refundable deposit of 1000 euro upon booking; the remainder should be paid by 30 September 2020. When booking, please specify if you would like double occupancy (if coming with a friend or partner, please let us know so we can match up the bookings otherwise let us know if you are happy to share with a roommate) or SINGLE with the supplement fee of 400 euro (choose from the drop down menu, places are LIMITED) – and please do let us know of any dietary requirements when you book. The booking is non-refundable but if you need to cancel, we can accept someone else to take your place or transfer to another workshop. You must have your own travel insurance to participate.


The house that we will call home during this retreat is a beautiful, traditional Tuscan farmhouse that sits atop 100 hectares of land that include organic olive groves, biodynamic vineyards, grains, forest and a small farm of chickens, goats and bees, frequently visited by wild deer and pheasants. It is powered by solar energy. There are two floors with 7 bedrooms (each with private ensuite), a wonderful, giant fireplace and salon for relaxing in, an eighteenth century woodfired oven (!), views over the San Miniato hills and a central, long table for sharing meals. It is situated right in between Florence and Pisa, 6 kilometres away from the historical town of San Miniato and on the ancient pilgrim route, the Via Francigena.

Things to note:

The retreat will take place with a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants. Retreat cost per person: 2,500 euro in double occupancy (single supplement: 400 euro). This deposit of 1,000 euro will secure your booking.


If you missed out and are interested in being on a waiting list let us know. With enough request we may do a second retreat the following week!

For specific questions email workshops@emikodavies.com

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