If you are interested in a cooking experience Pagus can offer you an incredible day of genuine food and wine discover. The cooking lesson will take place in Cascina Maddalena winery in Sirmione, Lake Garda. The winery is in a peaceful location surrounded by vineyards and nearby the lake.
During the day you’ll be welcomed by a great host: Elisa, the owner; her family is involved in the art of winemaking since many generations. Our half-day cooking lesson is the best way to indulge yourself with good taste and to learn traditions of cooking authentic Italian and Veronese recipes in an informal and friendly environment.
During the cooking lesson, you will create a full meal and your teacher will provide you with an explanation on all recipes using traditional Italian cooking methods. The classes are fully hands-on… are you ready for “getting your hands dirty”?
Program of the day at Cascina Maddalena:
Once there the host Elisa will introduce you in her home and present the day’s menu. You’ll have a quick walk in the vegetable garden for picking the ingredients you’ll use during the lesson. In the farmhouse you will start to “work”. Everybody will cook all the courses with the help of the teacher. You will learn the basic skills necessary to prepare authentic Italian dishes. All the ingredients are farm-to-table in order to support local producers. After a couple of hours of cooking you’ll enjoy the fruits of your work! You’ll have lunch combined with Cascina Maddalena wines (Lugana). Elisa will describe their wines and, in case of interest, will be possible to visit the wine cellar. At the end of the tour you’ll receive the cookbook with recipes of the day and a lovely apron with Cascina Maddalena logo.
The menu is (according to the season):
Minimum for 2 people – max 8
Booking 2 days before
Area visited: Lugana, Lake Garda
Duration: 7 h approximately
Departure: at 10.00 a.m. from Via Roma, 33 Verona (in front of Castelvecchio)
Please notice: the tour leader, in respect of all the guests, will wait for you in case of late maximum for 15 minutes.
We want you to spend a lovely day with no distress so, please, in booking our tours, inform us if you have limited mobility (in some old cellars there are stairs); or if you have any intolerance or allergy about food/wine (some tours are including appetizers in the cellar or lunch in local restaurant).
We ask you to inform us if you have any appointment after the tour (if you booked a train ticket, an opera show in Arena or a reservation for a restaurant), so we can do our best to respect the schedule.
In the cellar, the temperature is constant 15 Celsius degrees (59 Fahrenheit), so we suggest to take with you a sweater or a jacket; if it is possible we will try to show you the vineyards, so it’s recommended to wear sneakers or comfortable shoes.