The original Montefollonico cooking school since 2000

A Tuscan Food and Wine Vacation You'll Always Remember!

Join us for a memorable week of culinary and recreational activities in the medieval Tuscan hilltop village of Montefollonico —one hour south of Florence and two hours north of Rome. Come live the Tuscan lifestyle!

For lovers of Italian food, we offer a unique hands-on opportunity to participate in small groups as Tuscan teach us to cook. The local women of Tuscany will share their techniques, special ingredients, and family recipes. Our classes are ideal for cooks at all experience levels. And you’ll join them a tavola to enjoy what you’ve prepared.

This area of Tuscany produces several of Italy’s greatest wines, including Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (“the king of wines”), and the great Chianti. One afternoon, we will all gather for a special wine tasting in the 700-year-old cellar of Vittorio Innocenti, the local wine master. Vittorio has degrees in both agriculture and philosophy and produces some of the area’s best Vino Nobile and Vin Santo. The locals say, “Vittorio makes wine from the heart.” It’s easy to understand how the Tuscan people can talk about the characteristics of wine deep into the night.

We will also be spending time with Flavio Andreucci, whose family have been making wine since the 13th centurys. Flavio is one of the “new breed” of young Italian vintners who is producing outstanding Super Tuscans.

Your first-class accommodations will be at the four-star La Chiusa, an elegantly restored farmhouse and olive oil mill. La Chuisa’s rustic accommodations and award-winning restaurant have been critically acclaimed for decades, and travelers from all over the world come to Montefollonico just to stay in this enchanting place.

We came to La Chiusa for the first time in the late 1980s and were instantly mesmerized by its beauty. We returned here several times each year, each time enjoying it more than the time before. Our decision to buy our own house nearby in 1998 was influenced strongly from our fabulous time spent there. La Chiusa is truly a step up for the pleasure of our guests.

The property is ideally situated for glorious views of the Chiana Valley—rolling hills covered with olive trees and vineyards, and the ivory-colored hilltop town of Montepulciano in the distance. You can have breakfast on the terrace, enjoying bread that’s been freshly baked in La Chiusa’s wood-burning oven, slathered with jam made from the property’s fig trees. A breeze may blow through, carrying with it the scent of lavender from the herb garden. In the evenings, the sunsets over La Chiusa’s panorama will dazzle you. Here is a country retreat that calms, inspires, and lifts your spirits.