Extra-virgin olive oil of 2015 is now ready in Cortona, Tuscany and all over Italy. I am happy because this year’s production is great for everyone and also for me, because after a bad year lots of great olive oil is available again. For me it is a marvellous experience to harvest my olive trees, and to assist to all the processing of olives in a Cortona oil mill, and the emotion of the first drops of my extra-virgin olive oil coming down – the green gold of Tuscany. I could not wait to be home with my freshly-pressed olive oil to taste it on bruschetta with garlic, oh my…. I would love to share this experience with those who book my private olive oil tours in Cortona, Tuscany, a real tasting adventure following the various steps from fruit to olive oil. Oil mills are in function only in late fall, but it is possible to arrange visits and tastings any time of the year. Tuscany is famous for its pure and high quality olive oil, used almost in every dish of the old and new Italian cuisine: green, thick, peppery with a smooth and deep nose, is what you should not miss when visiting oil mills, joining cooking classes or dining at restaurants, be it on a simple bruschetta, pasta, meet or fresh salad. Take the chance to enjoy my guided olive oil tours & tastings in Cortona and elsewhere in Tuscany, to learn not only about the actual process but also the history of family-run oil mills. With its magic scenery of green hills covered by silvery olive groves, the green taste of organic and genuine olive oil, Tuscany will take you so much that you will surely love it.
Often when I go for dinner out I don’t miss the chance to have some Chianina beef, it is a must in Cortona, Tuscany. It is the best beef ever you can taste in your life, you can have it like bistecca, tagliata, or the best choice of it is Chianina beef hamburger. I discovered the Chianina beef burger years ago, and when I got it my mouth started to water before I took the first bit. Chianina is a special breed of white bull native of Valdichiana, present in Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena and Arezzo, where its name comes from. It is huge and full of muscles and is raised in the countryside. In the past it was used to plough fields and for this reason was a kind of hard meet. Now they don’t work anymore and for these reason the meet is tender, tasty and so amazing. For sure it needs a great tannic red wine to balance this big meet. All these things you can find only in Tuscany, the famous and beautiful land of wonderful food, of great and famous wines and so many places to visit. Come to Tuscany and I will take you on a tour to show you the marvellous beef farms and taste their excellent meats. Tasting the Chianina beef will make your day in Tuscany memorable, and trust me you will want to come back.