Workshops for 2024 at Enoteca Marilu

Update April 2024: These are all sold out now

Culinary workshops for 2024 at Enoteca Marilu!

Spring workshop, April 8-12
Early summer workshop, June 3-7 
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!

Comments

  1. Looking forward to another exciting year of enriching workshops at Enoteca Marilu! From wine tasting masterclasses to culinary adventures, there’s something to delight every enthusiast. Can’t wait to uncork new flavors and explore the artistry of food and wine together

  2. Maisha says:

    This food and wine workshop in San Miniato sounds like a dream come true for culinary enthusiasts! The intimate setting with a maximum of 8 guests ensures a personalized experience, allowing participants to immerse themselves fully in the local culture and gastronomy. The focus on small and artisanal producers, organic farming, and a deep appreciation for the land reflects a commitment to sustainability and quality that resonates with like-minded individuals. The inclusion of a truffle hunt, visits to local producers, and participation in the White Truffle Festival adds an extra layer of excitement and authenticity to the workshops. Overall, it’s a unique and enriching opportunity to indulge in the flavors and traditions of Tuscany while creating unforgettable memories in the charming town of San Miniato.

  3. Sulman Qamar says:

    This article beautifully captures the essence of the food and wine workshops offered in San Miniato, Italy. The workshops promise a truly immersive experience, where guests not only learn to cook authentic Italian cuisine but also have the opportunity to explore the local food and wine culture firsthand. The emphasis on seasonality and locality ensures that each workshop is unique, offering guests a diverse range of experiences tailored to the time of year. The intimate setting, with a maximum of 8 guests per workshop, fosters a close-knit and personalized experience, allowing participants to connect with local producers and artisans who share a commitment to organic farming and sustainability. The mention of the White Truffle workshop adds an exciting twist, offering guests the chance to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the White Truffle Festival held in November. Overall, these workshops promise a memorable and enriching culinary journey in the heart of Tuscany.

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