WHITE TRUFFLE WEEKEND IN TUSCANY
We shall be waiting for you at Fattoria del Colle to hunt for, to cook and to taste the white Crete Senesi truffle during All Saints weekend
From Friday October 30th to Sunday November 1st, three days (two nights) during the foliage, white truffle and extra virgin olive oil period in Tuscany where Brunello and other fine red wines are made. To stay at Fattoria del Colle amidst the vineyards, to dine with local traditional dishes, to hunt for truffles with truffle hunters and their dogs and then learn how to prepare them. As well as visiting the vineyards and (partially) the wineries, taste the fine red wines and finally dine with the truffles, so aromatic and maybe even a little aphrodisiacal!
WHITE TRUFFLE WEEKEND PROPOSAL AT FATTORIA DEL COLLE
- 2 nights in double bedroom with bathroom at Fattoria del Colle
- 2 breakfasts with cold cuts, cheeses and traditional cakes, coffee, milk, juices and yogurt
- Hunting with truffle hunters and their dogs
- Brief cookery lesson on truffles with the Fattoria del Colle chef Doriana Marchi
- Guided tour of the vineyards and partial tour of the Brunello winery Casato Prime Donne with an informal wine tasting
- Guided tour of Fattoria del Colle with itinerant tasting of three wines
THE BEAUTY OF AUTUMN IN THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE
Autumn is the foliage moment, when the vineyards and the woods change colour transforming the Valdorcia and the Crete Senesi into a fairytale scenario: This is maybe the moment that the countryside is at its best. Ideal for hiking and for photography safaris, regenerating the body and mind.
The pleasures of the table are also of high level in autumn, because long evenings allow us to slowly enjoy the most gluttonous pleasures .Fattoria del Colle is in fact in the area of the Crete Senesi where the white truffle comes from as well as where one of the best Tuscan extra virgin olive oils is made. Last but not least: fine red wines: Brunello coming from the Casato Prime Donne winery in Montalcino that belongs to the same owner, Chianti Superiore and the Doc Orcia produced from the vineyards around the estate.
THE CRETE SENESI TRUFFLES
In the morning it is possible to go into the woods with the dogs to search for the precious truffles among the tree roots, then Doriana Marchi, chef at the state restaurant, will teach how to cook them, and, in the evening, in a candle lit atmosphere the pleasure of tasting them … maybe with Chianina beef strips and a quail egg dusted with black pepper.
But let us discover the secrets of the white truffle form the Crete Senesi with the help of Sergio Pinarello, very competent sommelier and truffle hunter.
Among all the white truffles those from the Crete Senesi and from Alba have the most refined aroma because they contain very little alliaceous. In the 16th century the precious tuber was in fact called “garlic for the rich” because of its acute component that however, in the most precious versions, is very delicate. This character is evident on the nose and in the mouth, where the taste is more harmonious. Super experts like Pinarello are able to guess the exact provenance and they state that the best truffles come from the golden triangle: San Giovanni d’Asso – Asciano – Buonconvento, area where some of the truffle preserves belonging to Fattoria del Colle are situated.
In 2020 the summer has been very hot and dry, so the production of white truffles is less than usual. These will be rarer and more expensive than last year.