Tuscany: Gourmet Villa Holidays
Daygustation offer gourmet villa holidays for groups of 6-18 guests in the heart of Tuscany. Choose either the rustic charm of Pastina Alta (6-16 guests) situated in rolling hills amongst vines and olives near Arezzo or the magnificent 11th century Villa Maddalena (8-18 guests) situated in the centre of Montisi, a medieval hilltop village. Chef Selina Maldini and wine expert/sommelier Matt Day will create a bespoke holiday to suit the requirements of your group. In addition to the fabulous food and drink we can put together a program of tastings, cookery masterclasses and visits to wineries if requested. With your input we will design the menus for your stay with each dish matched to the perfect wine. Each day we will cook you a three course lunch and dinner with all dishes and wines coming from the region of the day. This is the ultimate holiday for lovers of real food and wine. The price for 6 adults sharing a Pastina Alta villa (3 twin/double rooms) is £1750 per person for 7 nights (full board, wines, accommodation, but not transport or excursions). At Villa Maddalena prices start at £2500 for a minimum of 8 guests.
Please email me for further details: matt[at]daygustation[dot]co[dot]uk
Where will I stay?
The villas are beautiful, traditional and comfortable. There are two six person villas (three twins/doubles) and two four person villas (two twins/doubles) and the holiday price is per villa not per person (minimum group size 6). There is a lovely swimming pool (May-September), tennis court, table tennis, boules pitch and extensive gardens. The villa is situated high in the hills near the hilltop town of Monte San Savino.
Villa Maddalena is a magnificent, historical property with some parts dating from the 11th century. The villa is extremely comfortable and well-appointed with a stunning kitchen (complete with wood burning grill) designed by the architect owner. The property sleeps 18 with 9 double bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. It has a beautiful panoramic garden and small swimming pool. The villa is situated in the small town of Montisi which has a few good cafes, bars and restaurants.
Is the price really inclusive?
Yes, apart from your travel and hire car all meals, wine, accommodation and service are included. Wine tastings and cookery masterclasses are also included.
A three course lunch and dinner will be prepared each day. The menu is based around dairy, fish and meat, but we can also cater for vegetarians and people with gluten intolerance. We provide a welcome pack with fruit, cereal, bread, jam, tea, milk and coffee/tea for your breakfasts.
What will I drink?
Fine wines (average UK retail price £15-40) are served with lunch and dinner. We will also provide mineral water for meals and a supply of good local wine.
What do I need to bring?
Bedding and towels are included.
Flights and car hire are not included. Florence is about 1hour and flights are increasingly regular. Pisa airport is 2 hours away by car. Rome airport is 3 hours away by car. A car is the best way to reach both villas and the only way to explore the region. If you don’t want to drive we can arrange a transfer from any airport. However a hire care is recommended if you are staying at Pastina Alta as it is a 30min walk to the nearest town.
Saturday – Welcome Dinner
Lasagna al Forno (Fresh Lasagna)
Wine: Cantina della Volta Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC Rimosso 2010, Emilia Romagna
Farona con Uve (Guinea Fowl with Grapes and Marsala)
Wine: Montecappone Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Federico II 2011, Marche
Gelati (Selection artisan ice cream)
Wine: Limoncello di Capri
Sunday – Piedmont
Bagna Cauda (Hot Garlic and Anchovy Dip)
Wine: Cieck Erbaluce di Caluso Misobolo DOCG 2010, Piedmont
Agnolotti (Ravioli) *PASTA MASTERCLASS*
Wine: Cascina Ballarin Dolcetto D’Alba Bussia DOC 2009, Piedmont
Zabaglione al Moscato (Zabaglione with Muscat)
Wine: Cà dei Mandorli Moscato D’Asti DOCG Dei Giari, Piedmont
Insalata di Porcini e Pecorino (Cep and sheep cheese salad) *PORCINI MASTERCLASS*
Wine: Giacomo Marengo Cuvee Ste Anna 2010, Tuscany
Coniglio alla Cacciatora (Hunter’s Rabbit Stew)
Wine: La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2007, Tuscany
Torta della Nonna (Grandma’s custard tart)
Wine: Valdipiatta Vin Santo di Montepulciano DOC 2005, Tuscany
Tuesday – Veneto
Pesce in Saor (Sweet and sour fish)
Wine: Inama Soave DOC Classico 2010, Veneto
Risotto al Valpolicella *RISOTTO MASTERCLASS*
Wine: Tedeschi Capitel Nicalò Appassimento Valpolicella DOC Superiore 2009, Veneto
Wine: Tedeschi Vin de La Fabriseria Vino Passito 2006, Veneto
Linguine al granchio (Linguine with fresh crab)
Wine: Mesa Vermentino di Sardegna DOC Giunco 2011, Sardinia
Branzino in crosta do sale (Seabass in a salt crust)
Wine: Manfredi Guccione Girgis extra Catarratto extra lucido 2011, Sicily
Semifreddo al crocante (Praline semifreddo)
Wine: Cantine Vinci Passito di Pantelleria Liquoroso DOP, Sicily
Thursday – FREE DAY
We do not cook on Thursdays and will recommend a good local restaurant for lunch/dinner.
Gnocchi di Patate con Gorgonzola (Gnocchi in Gorgonzola Sauce) *GNOCCHI MASTERCLASS*
Wine: Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle Rayon 2010, Aosta
Polenta con le Quaglie (Polenta with quail)
Wine: Meran Pinot Grigio Alto Adige DOC Linea Festival 2010, Alto Adige
Wine: Toblino Goldtraminer Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT, Alto Adige