We are a cooking school based in a cozy country retreat surrounded by vineyards, woods and meadows in the Friuli hills, at the base of the Julian Alps, only about one-hour drive from Venice, Austria and Slovenia. The area, known as Colli Orientali del Friuli, is famous for the production of great classic wines, as well as for its scenic countryside dotted with castles, idyllic villages, beautiful hills and breathtaking valleys. The atmosphere is lovely and peaceful, just the perfect location to enjoy a leisurely vacation mixed with an unforgettable cooking experience.
The charming farmhouse is immersed in the wine land and follows organic and bio-friendly practices for the production of different varieties of organic wine (Chardonnay, Tocai Friulano, Pinot Bianco, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Refosco and the rare and precious Picolit) and farm produce, which are used to prepare genuine dishes at the cooking school.
Cooking lessons take place in the farmhouse well-equipped kitchen, which occupies the ground floor of a typical Friulian rustic home. Idanna, Susanna, Luca and Paul are the delightful owners of the estate as well as the cooking school teachers. Following the true Italian way of eating, all meals are prepared using fresh ingredients and products from the estate: veal, beef and lamb (reared free at pasture), chicken, duck and turkey (reared outdoors), eggs, garden-grown seasonal vegetables and fruit, field mushrooms, water meadow and other herbs. A neighboring farm supplies salami and different types of vegetables, while hand-made cheese is purchased from the local dairy.
Non-cooking partners are very welcome too! During classes, non-cooking companions can choose to explore the delightful surroundings strolling through the vineyards and visiting the farmhouse cellars where wine is made and stored, go jogging and ride mountain-bikes in the hilly countryside, take a safe swim in the river located just in front of the house or just relax under the shade of the beautiful vine-covered pergola reading a book and tasting a glass of good vintage.
Lessons last approximately 3 hours and are followed by lunch or dinner. Meals feature foods prepared during class and consist of three courses accompanied by local wines and served at a formally set table situated in the main dining room or, if it is nice and warm, under the shade of the vine-covered pergola.
All classes, limited to 8 participants, are completely hands-on and recipes are simple so that people can easily learn how to prepare Italian food and, once back home, they'll be able to prepare what they have learned in class inviting family and friends to taste the best of the Italian and Friulian cuisine.
Besides cooking classes, all culinary programs also include market visits, winery tours, day trips to cheese makers and prosciutto factories with private tastings, as well as cultural excursions to the many historical and delightful sites in this scenic corner of Italy and the nearby countries of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia!
Guests stay in the farmhouse charming rooms with private bathroom, all decorated with Friulian country antiques and offering incredible views of the surrounding countryside. Families or group of friends can stay in the comfortable apartments created in the old granary on the first floor of the house, each in original Friulian style.
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M05615 is a tour company based in Cividale del Friuli, near Venice, Italy. The company was established in 2000 and since then it has grown to provide individual visitors and small groups with a wide selection of exclusive day tours and multiple day packages in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and surrounding areas,...
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