As our food and wine tours in Tuscany are a little different from the run of the mill trips to Tuscany, we’re often asked what it’s actually like to be on one of our holidays. We love every second of it, but then, we’re a little biased, so we asked one of our previous travellers to tell us all about her experience:
“My holiday with Drink Dine Discover was a very different experience from any other trip I have been on. I loved that we were given a complete view of the region, from fascinating facts about its history to actually eating and drinking with producers in their kitchens and vineyards, going to places and trying things that I never would have known existed!
Everyone in the group got along so well and we were looked after like old friends everywhere we went, which made the whole thing very convivial and special. It was clear the whole time just what good value we were getting for some truly unique experiences.
Our hotel was charming and luxurious – right on the main square of the historic Tuscan town of Cetona, and breakfast was served in the restaurant opposite where there was a fantastic choice and proper Italian coffee. We ate here on the first evening and had the best beef carpaccio I have ever tasted!
There were so many wonderful experiences: driving through the misty hills and stunning scenery of the Val D’Orcia to the hilltop town of Pienza, visiting Avignonesi for a tour of their vineyards and a wine tasting (including their signature Vin Santo), and our our early morning visit to the hidden abbey of St. Antimo for terza, (monastic chanting) with the remaining five monks who still live and work the land there.
We had a tour and tasting at the incredible Castiglion del Bosco, an enormous estate of vineyards and forests teeming with game. We were allowed ‘back stage’ access to the VIP cellar, an enormous library of wines, which need a key to be accessed. We tasted some of the finest Brunello di Montalcino vintages and drank more over lunch looking out over herds of deer on the rolling hills.
Our trip ended on a high at Suzie’s beautiful olive groves, where we had a cooking demonstration, olive oil tasting and lunch on her lawn before a drive around some of the most beautiful rural churches and monasteries. For our farewell meal we were driven to the fantastic Castello Fighine for dinner in the castle’s private dining room, where the Michelin starred chef talked us through his menu.
All in all, I came home completely stuffed, loaded down with fantastic treats to bring home and already planning my next trip with Drink Dine Discover. The personal details and obvious passion we encountered from our guide and everyone we met made the experience so special and stand out from any other holiday.”
Thank you very much Tracey for all of those details! For more information on our Tuscany tour (and other upcoming gourmet tours) visit our website here.