Meals in Tuscany are always a reason to rejoice. Whether it is a simple ‘pasta’ (pastry) dipped into an early morning cappuccino at a road side café or enjoying a full blown festival on picnic tables in the town square – food is something to be cherished, discussed and celebrated with typical Italian passion.
OUR MEALS Here at Villa Reniella we take our food as seriously as any Tuscan. We begin our day with the most delicious and healthy breakfast served on The Lemon Terrace. ‘Pranzo’ or ‘Cena’, lunch or dinner is savoured in either a gourmet, local restaurant or back at the villa in one of many settings. Each meal is created by our chef, Francesco. Our farm is 100% organic and it supplies us with a firstclass extra virgin olive oil, a plethora of seasonal vegetables and wine from our own vineyards.
OUR FARM Villa Reniella sits on a 100 acre organic farm. We produce most of our own vegetables and a first class Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Olive Oil. From our lavender fields we harvest a natural aromatic lavender that is transformed into a glorious, silky body oil and a relaxing essential oil plus soap made entriely from our oil and lavender. We are lucky to be surrounded by other organic farms who supply us daily with fresh ricotta, pecorino cheeses, eggs and fruit.
OUR CHEF Our chef Francesco, creates memorable, long, lazy alfresco lunchs, fun picnics and dinners are an affair to savour in our courtyard under the stars. Just like our neighbouring Tuscans, we only eat what is local, fresh and deliciously in season. Chef Francesco is also our teacher in the very memorable cooking classes that takes place in Villa Reniella’s fabulous Tuscan kitchen.
OUR WINE We may not be complete wine connoisseurs here at Villa Reniella but we do enjoy a good glass or two. We are lucky to be in the region of the Super Tuscans and are surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye can see. The famous Nobile di Montepulciano is produced right in our valley and thirty minutes drive from here you will find the world renowned Brunellos. Even though we are spoiled with such first class wines, we also relish the simple ‘farmers’ wines. All the locals seem to produce their own wine and some of these more rustic wines are deliciously wonderful. We also have two vineyards on the property, one containing Sangiovese grapes planted by Debbie and Hans four years ago. This vineyard is young and still very much a work in progress. During the retreat, we offer wine tasting at various fascinating wineries. The best experiences though have been relaxing over jugs of local Rose during our al fresco lunches, chilled Prosecco at the end of the day and full bodied wines during our gourmet meals. Not to forget of course our homemade limoncello from Reniella’s organic lemons.

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Debbie’s newsletter is a peek into her life between London, Tuscany and Toronto – running her television company, Tuscan Retreats and living life to the fullest.