Culinary workshops for 2024 at Enoteca Marilu!
Spring workshop, April 8-12 (now sold out)
Early summer workshop, June 3-7 (1 spot left)
Summer workshop, July 1-5
Autumn harvest workshop, September 23-27
Autumn workshop, October 14-18
White truffle workshop, November 12-16
About the workshops
These are 5 day food and wine workshops based in our cooking school and wine bar in our lovely hilltop town, San Miniato. We will cook together, eat and drink wine, hunt for truffles, visit and get to know many local producers, and more. As each workshop is highly seasonal and super local, no workshop is ever the same (we have a lot of repeat guests too, who like to visit in different seasons so they can see something different each time), but we are lucky that in San Miniato there are different varieties of truffles available every season so we always plan a truffle hunt! We meet every morning around 9 or 10am and spend the day cooking or visiting very local producers, farmers and artisans, or learning about wine and, of course, enjoying all the food and wine. From the late afternoon, there is time to rest and you’re free to do as you like in the evenings (perhaps eat at one of the restaurants in town).
To keep these workshops intimate, we have a maximum number of 8 guests at a time. We really believe in small producers, artisan producers, people who care about the land and what they do and organic farming, so, as many of the ingredients as we possibly can reflect this, as well as all the wine we offer and also all the people we meet and visit will have a similar mindset too. If this is something you value too, you are in the right place.
The workshop that is a little different from the others is the White Truffle workshop as it involves a visit to the White Truffle Festival, which is held every November in San Miniato and which is one of the best times to visit San Miniato and see the town come alive with gourmet offerings — you can read more about it here.
What is included
- Three hands on cooking classes with award winning cookbook author Emiko Davies
- Wine lesson and a wine pairing with sommelier Marco Lami
- Truffle hunt in the woods with a truffle hunter and his dog, including truffles which we will prepare for lunch
- Visit to a biodynamic winery on a 15th century estate with a Tuscan lunch and tasting
- Tour of San Miniato and tastes around town — coffee, pastries, salumi and more
- Visits of local farmers, producers, butcher and other artisans
- Lunch every day, including one out at our favourite trattoria in the countryside
- An exclusive welcome dinner at Enoteca Marilu
- Transport included for all the visits during the workshop (arrival to and from San Miniato itself is excluded)
- Delicious natural wine and organic ingredients during meals
- A tasty goodie bag of San Miniato products
Cost: 1,600 euro per person (1800 euro for the October and November workshops, which will involve plenty of white truffles)
Here, you can find all the details about what is included in the pricing, a sample itinerary, our cancellation policy and more.
About San Miniato
San Miniato is a pretty, medieval hilltop town situated exactly halfway between Florence and Pisa (35 km away from both). Like many Tuscan towns on a hill, it has a history that can be traced to the Etruscans but a lot of what you see in the town goes back to the High Middle Ages — the city walls and the tower that overlook the Tuscan countryside all date to the 1200s. The beauty of San Miniato is that there is a view from almost every angle and you’ll catch many glimpses of the countryside and rolling hills covered with vineyards, olive groves, cypress and citrus trees. Today San Miniato is best known for its rare and precious white truffles — you only find these in a handful of places in the entire world — and for the festival that celebrates them every November.
San Miniato can be reached by regional train directly from Florence and Pisa too (about 40 minutes train ride). There are a variety of different places to stay in and around San Miniato for all different budgets — see here for some ideas based on reports from our guests and friends. If you’re on your way to explore more from San Miniato, see my post here on other places easily reached (the coast for example, or other important Tuscan towns).
Are you keen to join us? Get in touch via Enoteca Marilu!