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This was an amazing tour of a castle and its wine cellar. This castle was built in 1100 and it has some wonderful history. The tour of the wine cellar was very educational on the making of true Chianti wine and extra virgin olive oil. Then our favorite part of the tour was the cooking lesson. We made a four course meal including pasta from scratch then we got to eat our meal in the same dining room that family would have eaten hundreds of years ago. We did another wine tour of two other vineyards and we enjoyed this tour with the castle tour and cooking class much more. It was ... Molto bene!!!!
When our trip to Florence was officially booked, we knew that we wanted to have at least one hands on experience in Tuscany and this tour seemed to fit the bill: wine tasting and cooking at a 900 year old Italian castle..sign us up! We figured it would be interesting and fun. It was SO MUCH MORE than that! What an incredible experience we had. Costanza, our tour guide was so full of passion and knowledge about the castle which was truly unreal! and all of the wines made in the region that we were hanging on her every word. She was full of life and warmth and it made the tour extra special. When she dropped us off in the kitchen with Gerry, our chef, little did we know that we would cook one of the most delicious meals we had on the trip, one that we made with so many laughs and shared stories about food and life. Gerry was patient and kind and a terrific cook who shared many secrets about Italian cooking with us. After preparing the meal, we were delighted to find that we would dine in a beautiful room in the castle with a huge roaring fireplace as Costanza presented us with a different and delicious wine with each course. This tour was a true highlight of our trip and a memory that we will never forget. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
This food making and wine tasting tour was terrific. Before the tour, they were very communicative in making sure we had transportation to the castle. We used their recommendation, a car service. I wouldn't try driving there yourself unless you give yourself extra time. From the beginning to the end, this whole package is very well orchestrated. The wine tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. Chef was patient with us non chefs and gave us hands on experience. He taught us many cooking techniques. The pasta dish we had was the best I have ever made and tasted.
Great tour, learning about the history of the castle was very interesting and the cooking class was excellent! The meal we made was delicious and we really enjoyed learning about the locally produced wine and olive oil.
What a fantastic experience! Our guide nuomi was so passionate and knowledgable about the history of Castello, it was great to visit a castle that is still very much lived in. Our chef was a lot of fun, he made us all at ease in the kitchen, giving everyone the chance to take part! Highly recommend!
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To anyone that is looking at this viator deal and contemplating...stop, just do it! It was by far one of the best experiences of my life and definitely one of the best things we did while in Italy for 2 weeks. Well worth the money! Both the tour guide and chef were fantastic!! We had a great time learning the history of the castle, the importance of preserving tradition when it comes to wine and olive oil making. Hands down, the best part of our trip. We kinda got lucky with a private showing, probably because it was off season and pretty cold but I'm sure it would've been just as incredible if there were a few other couples with us. I cannot wait to show off what we learned at our next dinner party! Thank you to for an incredible time, delicious wines that we ended up bringing back to the states and a fantastic cooking lesson.
This experience was the highlight of our Italy trip! The tour of the castle cellars was spectacular. The tour guide was knowledgeable and personable. The pasta making class with the castle chef was fun and educational. Preparing the 4 course meal and enjoying it with a wine tasting was magical!
Really had a good time, and learned a lot of regional cuisine. Food came out fantastic and we met some very interesting people. Would recommend!
This experience was amazing, probably one of the best parts of our trip to Italy. Our tour guide and cook were hilarious. We had a booking date mishap and they were more than willing to accomidate our group of six that same day. If you want wine tasting and delicious food i definitely recomend this!
One of the highlights of our trip.
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