Go behind the scenes of the world’s most secretive business. Take a tour of a Provençal truffle plantation, learn how truffles are cultivated and truffle dogs are trained, and go on a hunt for France’s elusive “black gold” with professional hunters who know all the tricks of the trade.
You’ll be regaled with stories of successes and sabotage, and learn to tell the difference between the different types of French truffles and the “fakes” from China. Tours are followed up with a sampling of fresh truffle hors d’oeuvres, Champagne and a tasting of our Les Pastras olive and truffle oil. A real treat!
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Truffle Hunting Tour: Truffle hunt, truffle hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, olive and truffle oil tasting: 70€ per person (winter), 60€ per person (summer). Minimum of 2 people.
Weekend tours at flexible hours, weekday tours at 6pm (summer) or 4pm (winter). Please book at least one week in advance.
Summer season: May 1 – September 30*
Winter season: November 15 – March 15*
* Weather permitting
Please contact us for more information or to schedule your tour.
Johann & Lisa Pepin, www.lespastras.com, +33 6 26 05 30 49
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50% of the profits from Les Pastras products go to the One Family orphanage in Haiti
With kind regards,
Johann & Lisa Pepin
Riccardo and his truffle-hunting hound Turbo take us to find the truffles buried in the soil around the roots of trees near San Miniato (Tuscany). He explains the life cycle of truffles and shows us how he trains his dogs. We take our truffles back to his house to learn how to clean them and prepare traditional dishes with them, which we eat for lunch — truffles in every course! There are truffles to be found in every month of the year: bianco (white precious) and uncinato (black autumn) from September to December, marzuolo (whitish bianchetto) from January to March and the scorzone (black summer) from April to November. Choose from lots of other seasonal activities to create a personalised tour of whatever length you like including accommodation and transport.
Available from: Lucca, Florence, Pisa
Fee for two people for truffle hunt day: 570 EUR, includes local transport, activities described, truffle lunch with wine, friendly Sapori e Saperi guide to explain and translate; excludes extra snacks and drinks, personal purchases.
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Erica (Heather) Jarman, Director
Sapori & Saperi Adventures Ltd
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