ANYONE WITH A NOSE AND A PALATE
UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS IMMERSED IN AUTHENTIC FLAVORS
The Sienese countryside is an endless repository of tastes, a veritable mine of goodness from which priceless gems of flavor are extracted using age-old agricultural traditions merged with modern techniques and respect for nature. The Siena province is home to five DOCG* wines (Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti classico, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Chianti Colli senesi); three qualities of extra-virgin olive oil (DOP Terre di Siena, DOP Chianti classico and IGP Toscano); as well as the sausage products made from the Cinta senese pig, pecorino cheeses, Chianina beef (IGP), saffron, and the white truffles of the Sienese Clay Hills. Last but certainly not least, there are our sweets, including Panforte, Panpepato, Cavallucci and Ricciarelli (IGP).
So great are the local culinary traditions and culture that we have designed a series of activities to share our knowledge of them with you, allowing you to discover the tastes, smells, and colors of these amazing products. Those with a passion for good food and wine can begin their day with a breakfast in the spirit of the Slow Food Movement, whose slogan is “buono, pulito e giusto”-- “good, clean, fair.” Our breakfast is made from local organic products (with the exceptions of coffee and oranges!), either of our own production or from nearby organic farms.
At the Molinello, wine lovers will delight in Sandro's passion and expertise in his proposed wine tasting evenings and in wine tours, with or without a guide. They will also be thrilled by the ample selection of wines in the cellars of our agriturismo and the carefully selected few left in the apartments.
For those who love olive oil, we organize olive oil tasting evenings as well as visits to olive presses (when they are open) guided by Sandro, who is a certified olive-oil taster with the ONAOO (National association of olive oil tasters). For truffle lovers, we are happy to organize truffle-hunting excursions in search of the pungent, precious tuber, guided by Mauro, both within and outside of our own truffle reserve.
We organize in partnership with Food.Stories.Travel. tours on foot and by van, eating and learning, connecting with local food producers who care about the environment, support the local community and believe in sustainable practices. Food.Stories.Travel. grew out of Cristiano Bonino's desire to combine twelve years of experience in travel and food with his passion for learning the stories of local foodmakers, and tasting and supporting their works. Cristiano loves to design unique tours as delicious dishes prepared with fresh, sustainable and very local ingredients!
Should you wish to eat out at a restaurant in the evening, Elisa and Sandro are always happy to advise guests regarding the best places for an authentic gastronomic experience, whether it be for “home-cooking” at a trattoria or gourmet cuisine at a top restaurant. You will also find a notebook at the farmhouse filled with detailed descriptions, reviews and comments about local restaurants left by previous guests.
We also have prepared detailed files for several food-and-wine itineraries, which have been carefully studied (and tested!), allowing you to roam the area during your stay without missing anything, including little-known and hard to find treasures.
*DOCG = Inspected and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin, DOP = Protected Designation of Origin, IGP = Protected Geographical Indication