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IN WINE, TRUTH

Immerse yourself in the inspiring landscape of a vineyard
and let the creative juices flow!

For one week, escape to a hidden vineyard in the heart of Tuscany to write and share your stories, inspired by the exquisite food and wine of the region.

The day begins after breakfast with a three-hour story workshop—perfect for writers working on short stories, memoirs, translations and even poetry. The afternoon is free for writing, wandering, and trips  to the nearby towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, or Bagno Vignoni.  In the evening, wine flows over long Italian dinners that include guided tastings and exquisite food pairings. Some star-filled evenings are dedicated to readings.

The host estate for In Vino Veritas is Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s winery in Trequanda; the family has been making wine in this Tuscan paradise for five centuries. We’ll be staying in superbly comfortable private bedrooms in rustic buildings in the middle of the vineyards, the only winery in Italy entirely owned and operated by women. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feature Tuscan specialties, like the famed Chianina steak from the nearby Val di Chiana,  and produce comes from local farms in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the gardens of the Cinelli Colombini estate itself (vegetarians won’t get bored!).

Not to mention Donatella’s wines – from her popular DOC Orcia blend Cenerentola to her Brunello di Montalcino – which have consistently received superior ratings from the Wine Spectator and Robert Parker.

Couples are welcome.

2019: TWO OPPORTUNITIES

Sessions in English, Wines strictly Italian! Here’s a sample Schedule:

Session 1 with Alison MacLeod: September 1-7

Session 2 with Jonathan Levi and Marta Orrantia:  September 15-21 

Sunday

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Breakfast

Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast  Breakfast

Breakfast

Arrival

Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar

Seminar

Reception

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Departure

Reading & Writing time / Activities

Reading & Writing time / Activities

Reading & Writing time / Activities Reading & Writing time / Activities Reading & Writing time / Activities Reading & Writing time / Activities

Dinner

Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

Final Dinner

Reading (professor)

Reading (students)

DETAILS

BLOG

Good wine doesn’t grow in ugly places. Take inspiration from the Italian Grapevine, a review of Italian Wine, Food, Culture, and Lifestyle

“The Mediterranean Diet is…”

“Illuminati d’Immenso”

“Blue Lvnae”

“Sensual Sicily, Chic Scicli

What they say about us

“Jonathan took the time to compliment and critique all work, and showed a sense of how far to push based on the individual” 

“Fantastic time, good group, great food and wine”