Gourmet
Lucca is not only all about sport, art, nature. It also represents one of the highlights of Italy for good food and wine. There is a very real quality of life to be found here. The town and the entire surrounding area is dotted with many gourmet options: cafe/bar, wine shops, trattorias, restaurants, where it is possible to 'pit stop' during the ride and to have a beautiful dinner at the end of a glorious day!

 

Cooking with Aurelio  Cooking lessons are hands-on, intimate, fun, informative and full of tips and tricks of the trade. Our Chef Aurelio Barattini will encourage you to discover and explore the tastes and textures of some of the finest ingredients: from fresh home-made pasta and gnocchi with its various sauces to truffles, fragrant garden Italian herbs, porcini mushrooms and wild asparagus, murky green newly pressed olive oil, creamy pecorino cheeses and classic Italian wines. To enhance this Italian culinary experience, kitchen studies are complimented by a special touring programme to some of the most enchanting and personally selected towns, markets, vineyards and other hidden treasures of Tuscany.
 The winery Fattoria Montellori is situated just below the hilltop village of Fucecchio, 30 Kms from Florence. The vineyard is scattered in the hillside around the small villages of Cerreto Guidi, Empoli and Montalbano. After a century of growing grapes and winemaking from Chianti vines, the Winery's focus remains on varietals that are best suited to this site: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the reds and Chardonnay and Sauvingon for the whites. Over the last 15 years there have been made extensive renovations to this estate. These renovations have included a complete replanting of the vineyards to close-spaced red varietals and new equipment in the wine cellar with steel inox tanks, a gentle gravity-flow system and an aging room with 250 'Allier' barriques. The 'Fattoria' has been noted for its Spumante 'Metodo Classico' Pas Dosè, for the magnificent Chianti and for its age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot blended Super Tuscans, Dicatum and Salamartano. Recently we have opened a Restaurant inside of the winery, where our guests, after a private tour of the vineyards and cellar, can test the wines combined with the best typical Tuscan food. An highlight of the entire holiday in Tuscany! Tour to the family winery Fattoria Montellori

Dr. Dario Trabucco, Via delle Ville 697 - 55100 Lucca, Tuscany, ITALIA       dtrabucco@mac.com       tel: +39 335471233