The Birthplace of the Mediterranean Diet
With its rich gastronomic heritage and exceptional flavours, Crete offers a culinary experience like no other. One of the highlights of Cretan cuisine is its emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From vibrant fruits and vegetables to fragrant herbs and aromatic olive oils, the flavours of Crete are vibrant and enticing. The island boasts olive groves aplenty, producing some of the finest extra virgin olive oils in the world! Little known in America, Greek wines are a beautiful discovery. With its stunning landscapes, warm hospitality, and exceptional flavours, Crete truly embodies the essence of an Epicureans Culinary Adventure. It is a place where food becomes an adventure, and every bite tells a story of Cretan traditions and centuries-old culinary wisdom.
May 11th -18th, 2023
Our Greek Luxurious Villa boast 9 well appointed bedrooms, each with their ensuite. It has a double living room a large dinning room, and dream amenities: movie teather, gym, an indoor pool, a dry sauna and hammam to relax before and/or after a day of sightseeing.
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September 2nd-9th, 2023
Anthony and I fell in love with Tuscany a few years ago. It is all about the small towns and community feel. We vowed we would come back! We are excited to launch it as our second destination of our culinary adventures! Tuscany could not be a better destination for an Epicureans Adventures: the wines are fabulous and the food devine! Oh Tuscan wines! So much to discover in such a small territory! Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile, Super Tuscan.....
The Tuscan Villa
We found the perfect villa to settle in. A typical Tuscan Villa with wood beams, a big kitchen, a fabulous dinning room to host all our meals, a beautiful rose garden, a big pool with views of the Tuscan hills to refresh, an outdoor dinning area with wood pizza oven to dine Al Fresco and 12 private rooms with private ensuite to rest. It is perfectly located in the heart of Chianti Region between Florence and Siena, in Poggiobinsi in the middle of the rolling hills of the country side. It is within easy reach of several famous wine regions ( Chianti, Montalicino just to name a few;) and picturesque fortified towns (Montegrigioni, San Gimigiano, Certaldo, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano). The perfect base to make the most of our Tuscany Culinary Adventure!
Our Tuscan Villa
With so much to explore around us, I am excited to plan our Tuscan Culinary Adventure Itinerary! As per our mission, it will be based around the pleasures of the table and in search of authenticity. Tuscany has so much to offer in terms of wine and gastronomy! Here is a sample of what I am looking to include in our itinerary.
- Florence Culinary Tour
- Olive Grove Visit and Professional Olive Oil tasting
- Fresh Pasta Cooking Class
- Long Table Lunch in Vineyard
- Visit of Montalcino fortified town & wineries (home of the famous Brunello di Montalcino!)
- Wine tour in Chianti
- Charcuterie sampling in typical small butcher shop
- E-Bike tour trough vineyards and Tuscan hills
- Eating Gelato in famous San Gimigiano Artisan Gelato Shop
- Sampling of Pecorino Cheeses
- Wine-workshop aperos hosted by Val to learn about the different wine regions and varietals of the region.
Your gourmet adventure includes:
Your accommodation in a luxurious Greek Villa
Daily apero and 3 meals a day in local restaurants or at the Villa cooked by Anthony and/or our very own private Chef (1 or 2 lunches will be left to your discretions to allow for some private quality time)
Local transport in private coach with chauffeur
All visits, gourmet activities and tastings
Services from your personal hosts (Val & Anthony)
Assistance for your pre/post trip
Your flights and/or transport to and from Florence
Your travel insurances
Your pre and post trip accommodation