Join the Dakota Creek Wine Club

on two trips exploring

Italy’s famous wine regions

May 17 – May 25, 2013 with Hosts Ken & Jill Peck

May 31 – June 8, 2013 with Hosts Christy & Jeff Callender

9 days of villas, vineyards and vintages – our Italy excursion was made for the wine lover. We will whisk you away for a relaxing week that includes culinary feasts and four-star accommodations. See Italy as only the locals do on this unique journey. We only have room for 10 persons per trip, so this is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Breakfast and dinner are included daily along with 7 wine tasting lunches.

Florence — Day 1

Land in Florence, Tuscany’s capital city and unwind from your travels in your four-star hotel on the historic Santa Maria Novella piazza.


Chianti — Day 2 & 3

After a night in Florence, you will be privately transferred to Panzano, an enchanting village located in the splendid Chianti countryside. We’ll stop in for lunch at Antica Mac Dario, a local restaurant owned by the famous Cecchini butcher of Panzano.

After exploring this ancient medieval town, enjoy a hearty Tuscan supper paired with prestigious Chianti wines at the restaurant in your villa, Relais Fattoria Valle.

Visit Castellina in Chianti the next day for a short tour of this Etruscan village then on to Volpaia, a small, fortified village in Tuscany boasting panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and forests. You will be escorted on a wine tasting and tour as well as lunch at an intimate restaurant on the main square. Returning to the villa you will be treated to a private cooking lesson and dine on your own culinary crea

Siena & Montalcino – Day 4 & 5 & 6

Off to San Gimignano where you will delight in lunch and a tasting at Poggio Alloro, a wine-producing farm overlooking the famous San Gimignano towers.

From there you will transfer to your farmhouse estate in Tuscany, Fattoria del Colle, in time to supper on local cuisine and exquisite wine.                         

The next day you will tour Fattoria del Colle’s vineyards and winery and then feast your way through a wine tasting lunch. Spend a relaxing afternoon honing your skills in the kitchen followed by a long, lavish supper.

The next day you’ll visit Montalcino, a small hill town surrounded by walls and olive groves. Stroll around town stopping in at the Monte Oliveto Monastery, and relish in a wine tasting lunch served at Casato Prime Donne, a Brunello producing farm. After more sightseeing, we will deliver you back to Fattoria del Colle.

Umbria – Day 7 & 8

Today we will head to Umbria and on the way partake in a wine tasting in the famous hill town, Montepulciano.  From there we will tour Perugia, Umbria’s capital city and then dine at il Caffé di Perugia. After dinner we will transport you to back to your estate for the night. On our final day we’ll head out to Assisi, a town dominated by two medieval castles. Stop in for a wine tasting lunch at a family owned winery and then visit Bevagna and Deruta for gorgeous pottery. Spend your final night collaborating on one final supper to show off your mastery of Tuscan cooking.

Day 9 — Arrivederci or extend your trip to Rome or Venice.

Tour includes: 8 nights accommodation – Breakfast and dinner daily – 7 wine tasting/lunch – Transfers as per program -

3 cooking classes

Tour Cost $3899 

Price is per person, double occupancy. 

Airfare, other meals, gratuities not included.

Reserve today!  Call or email Bo Matthews:

                                     415 624-6405 or


Country Comfort in Tuscany & Umbria