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Cooking Class in Chianti

Discover the culinary heritage of Tuscany in this hands-on cooking class
at historic Castello Sonnino.

Available to groups of 4-12 persons.

Castello Sonnino sits in the heart of Tuscany, overlooking the picturesque valleys of Florentine Chianti.  Here, for over two centuries, the Sonnino family has been producing wines and extra-virgin olive oils of remarkable character, fusing a profound knowledge and love of the earth with a constant spirit of research. Today, Baron Alessandro de Renzis Sonnino steers the winery along this path between tradition and experimentation, resulting in some of the most interesting wines of the new Tuscan generation.

Our culinary adventure begins with a tour of the villa (a Historic Dwelling), winery and grounds. Climb the 13th Century tower -- you can see San Gimignano across the rolling Tuscan hills -- and work up a bit of an appetite for our three-course lunch.

In our cooking class you will learn about the Tuscan culinary tradition passed on through generations, the essence of which as always been “Kilometer Zero” -- cooking with what our land gives us, season by season.  In the vast kitchen of the castle our professional chef will show you how to use fresh, local ingredients to prepare a meal from appetizer to dessert. And then the best part -- we'll sit down and enjoy eating it together!

History lovers will be excited to know that the castle contains The Archive of Sidney Sonnino as well as many artifacts that bear witness to the role played by the family during the birth of the Kingdom of Italy.

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Please note

All tours are private and customizable.

All driver-guides speak English.

Private local guides are available for additional cost.

Food, beverages, entrance fees and gratuities (10%-15% common) are not included.

To enter churches you should have knees and shoulders covered. Sturdy walking shoes are advised; surfaces of streets and sidewalks can be uneven.