Tuscan harvest
vacation

Olive harvest time!

GREAT VALUE VACATION WEEK AT ONLY 1000 EURO PER PERSON

MINIMUM 6– MAXIMUM 8 PEOPLE IN YOUR PARTY

When can we enjoy this Tuscan harvest vacation? From mid November to first week of December



Villa Il Colombaio di Montebenichi Olive grove


Tuscan harvest vacation package includes:

  • 7 nights - 7 days stay at the villa designed for those adventuresome spirits willing to savor authentic Tuscany from within.
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes at the villa & dinner, so you can engage in a truly unique experience: picking olives, participating in the process of olive pressing producing fantastic extra virgin olive oil, and then cooking with it and eating it! Typically lessons go for about 4 hours and start at 4 pm.
  • Daily harvest experience - 6 days
  • Lunch every day after the morning harvest
  • Welcome basket including pasta, cookies, bread, jam
  • 5 liters of wine
  • Mid-week and final cleaning
  • Linen and towels
  • Free wood for fireplace


Harvesting olives to produce the best “extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany” takes place from November-January, depending on the type of olive you have and depending upon the region in which your olive grove is located.

The right time is when the olives have almost turned from green to purple. At Villa Il Colombaio di Montebenichi, harvesting time has been historically the second half of November. It is precisely because of this seasonality that we offer the Tuscan harvest vacation from mid November until the first week of December.

Harvesting olives is not for the faint of heart as it is not a mechanized job. The drill includes spreading nets at the base of the trees, and then raking the olives from the branches so the fall in the nets. Finally, after a tree has been fully raked and all the olives have fallen on the nets, they must be collected in plastic cases or <i>cassette</i>, and taken uphill to the house, where they are later put into big bags to be taken to the olive press or mill.

During your Tuscan vacation harvest experience you will be expected to get up early, around 8 am, get dressed in layered warm clothes, and have a warm drink and toast or cookies for breakfast.

A good Tuscan lunch with local produce and incredible flavors will be served and cleaned up for you, while everybody goes back down to continue harvesting. Late fall and winter days are short, so you will stop picking at about 4 pm.

Some nights you will be let chill out in front of the fire with good Chianti wine, some good movies or just a good book to read. Three evenings of your choice you will have Vera come into the house and give you cooking lessons, the result of which you will enjoy during dinner.

Of course you will be party to the first pressed <i>olio extra vergine di olive</i>, the fruit of your labor, literally! Nothing tastes as good as freshly pressed extra vegine olive oil over toasted Tuscan bread with the local Chianti Classico wine. It is just, truthfully the <b>flavor of Tuscany</i>.

We invite you to participate with us in the Olive harvest and enjoy the fruits of the Tuscan region, at our villa near Siena, with home-made Tuscan food and cooking lessons. What else can you ask for?


Villa Il Colombaio di Montebenichi Olive grove


We invite you to participate with us in the Olive harvest and enjoy the fruits of the Tuscan region, at villa Il Colombaio near Siena, with home-made Tuscan food and cooking lessons. What else can you ask for?

Contact us to ask for details about the special Tuscan harvest vacation week and availability!



AVAILABLE DATES ANNUALLY


SECOND HALF OF NOVEMBER AND FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER


SPECIAL BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICIES APPLY FOR THE TUSCAN VACATION HARVEST WEEKS:

  • Booking deposit is 50% of the total per group (minimum 6 people – maximum 9 people) <b>non-refundable</b>
  • Reservations made 60 days or less before the arrival date require the payment of the full rate.
  • Balance is due in full 60 days prior to the date of your visit.


CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:


  • Deposits are non-refundable
  • 30 to 59 days before arrival date 50% of the balance refund. Within 30 days of arrival date - sorry, but no refund is available
  • We highly advise you to purchase travel insurance in the event of emergency, illness, change in your itinerary, accident or acts of God, which we are not responsible for covering.


Villa Il Colombaio di Montebenichi Olive grove



Contact Us!