- Pecorino cheese tasting and dairy visit on a panoramic organic farm in Tuscany -
-THREE-HOUR PECORINO CHEESE FARM TOUR

Private guided tasting tour with visit to a dairy producing organic pecorino cheese in the Tuscan countryside

A visit to the sheep shed



Aging cells


What does the name "pecorino" come from? How and when is it made? Is ricotta produced in Tuscany too?
There are many questions regarding the cheese-making tradition in Tuscany and you can get the answers to all of them while visiting a spectacular organic farm on a hilltop, close to the Etruscan town Volterra, during your holiday in Italy.





MORE ABOUT THIS TOUR

Our guide meets you at an agreed meeting point by Volterra and accompanies you to the farm for a 3-hour tour dedicated to the most delicious cheese of central Italy.
The company is a fully organic farm producing not only cheese but also cereal, honey and extra virgin olive oil.
Our guided visit starts with a short introduction about the history of the company, the first one turning to organic farming in the whole area back in the early 90s.
Then we explore the workroom during the production of cheese: the processing may vary according to the season, from milk coagulating, to cheese salting or cheese rinsing. You will experience all the stages of the pecorino making process and learn the techniques for an organic production.
The farm is very authentic and hosts many animals: you will also visit the barn where the sheep live and see how the milking facility works. During the visit you will also meet several piglets along with Orazio, a very nice donkey who acts like a pet. The encounter with all these animals make this tour ideal for groups and families with children.

In the end you will enjoy a genuine buffet lunch by tasting different kinds of pecorino cheese, caciottas together with local hams, different kinds of salami (all of them deriving from the pigs of the farm), home-made honey, ricotta and wine.

Our day cheese and olive oil tasting tour takes about 3 hours.
Transportation to the locations is not included.


If you need collection with our chauffeured car, van or minibus, please specify this in the booking form.





A visit to the sheep shed




Filling moulds with cagliata

 



Pecorino cheese ready to be shipped




Ageing pecorino cheese



Panorama over Volterra from the farm in June

Tasting pecorino cheese of Volterra

Tasty cheese-based dish



Massimo describing the dishes for lunch



Early stage of pecorino cheese



Breaking the cagliata, namely the curd



Crowded farm



Orazio is the mascotte on the farm



Waiting for fresh ricotta to be ready



Happy piglets



The charming setting on the farm in May



Over 800 sheep live in the shed







Rates and
enquiries

 

 

PRIVATE THREE-HOUR PECORINO TASTING
TOUR IN TUSCANY

with lunch

- Rates 2014 -

Number of people
in your party
Total rate
1 person
€ 200
2 persons
€ 215
3 persons
€ 245
4 persons
€ 275
5 persons
€ 305
6 persons
€ 335
7 persons
€ 365
8 persons
€ 395
9 persons
€ 425
10 persons
€ 455
extra person
€ 30
child 4-12 y.o.
€ 20
DURATION OF THIS TOUR: 3 HOURS


RATES INCLUDE:


+ an English speaking tour leader for the whole tour
+ a visit to the dairy and the farm
+ a cheese and salami based buffet lunch
+ tax

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION
For more info on transportation, please see the box below.


The tour leader is available also in German, Spanish, French, Russian or Italian
with no surcharge.


You can choose to combine a half-day cheese and olive oil tasting tour with either one of our tasting tours or one of our cultural tours and book a full-day excursion.



Transportation

Rates do not include transportation.

MORE ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FOR THIS TOUR
This tour takes place in the area of Volterra and Terricciola, a rural region between Pisa and San Gimignano where little public transport service is offered.
Here are the transportation options for you to reach the destinations of the tour.
1.
- CAR RENTAL
We can help you find the best car rental solution from your hotel, agriturismo or private villa. We will book your car and give you detailled road instructions to meet us for the tour. If you rented your car on your own we will give you just any necessary road instruction.
2.
- VESPA SCOOTER RENTAL
You can add some action to this tour! Rent a Vespa scooter from our garage in Pontedera and ride it throughout the tour. Our guide will meet you in Pontedera and you will follow him/her to the several destinations.
3.
- CHAUFFEURED CAR RENTAL
Enjoy all the comfort of a private driver collecting you at your location on a luxury van! We will arrange a chauffeured car service from any location in Tuscany for the whole day of the tour.

 

 





Testimonials from our guests

COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS

This is an email we received from Barbara, who took our half-day tour including a visit to an organic cheese farm and an oil mill.

Hi Arianna,

Jay and I just wanted to thank you so much for arranging our tour with Massimo. We had a great time and thought that Massimo was a fantastic and very informative guide!. The Olive Mill and Cheese tour was wonderful. We really enjoyed it.

All the best -

Barbara

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS


This is an email we received from Karin, spending one day with us at the organic cheese farm:

Hi Arianna,

Hope the sun is shining in Tuscany, and that you are fine!

We all have had a nice program at the farm.
Again I would like to thank you for your kind welcome.
And the lunch with the beautiful table presenting all the delicious
cheese, I liked very much. (long tables, nice people and nice food!!!!)
Whatmore do we need?
So, I hope you are able to send me the recipy of the "spelt" salade.

I hope you like the foto which I have attached.

Here in Holland, the weather is nice and we are enjoying spring-
time. Although I always want to go to Italy.
Next time, when we are in the neighbourhood, I let will you know.

with kind regards,

Karin



Karin and her family visiting our farm in Spring 2009

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS

This is an email we received from Jacob, staying in Tuscany with his girl and visiting the cheese farm with us:

Arianna,

I wanted to pass on a thanks for everything that was put together. We had an excellent time. I've already passed along the info about you to some others who were considering visiting Italy within the next year or so. In addition, I've included some of the pics that I took while I was down there. You're welcome to use them however you like. Once again, thanks.

Jacob (USA)

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COMMENTS OF OUR GUESTS


This is an email we received from Lisa:

Arianna and Massimo,

I just wanted to write and let you know how much we enjoyed
our tour with your company. It was wonderful. We really enjoyed Massimo's company and his information about the area. We loved our time in Tuscany and hope to return again soon. We'll be sure to recommend your services to others who are traveling your way.

Thank you again and keep up the good work!

All my best,

Lisa (USA)





Lisa and her family visiting the cheese
farm near to Volterra - August 2007

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