One of the highlights of our apprentices’ journey is their trip to Tuscany, courtesy of Liberty wines. The annual trip provides the apprentices with the opportunity to visit some of our wonderful suppliers who have become close friends and supply us with their speciality Italian wines and produce.
They were joined by Charlie and Karl from the Cornwall Food Foundation, Elly our Head Sommelier and Tracy Paige from Cornwall College.
Their first stop was the Grand Villa of Petrolo where they received a warm welcome from Luca and Rocco Sanjust. Luca is the 4th generation in his family producing fine wines, organic extra virgin olive oil and offering beautiful villas for rental in the Tuscan countryside. Petrolo is set over 272 hectares in the Val d’Arno Superiore among the hills of the Chianti Colli Aretini, an area bordering the south-eastern part of Chianti Classico. The apprentices visited the local market and used the produce they’d gathered to cook dinner for their hosts before retiring for the evening. The next day, they had a tour of the winery, climbed to the top of the tower at the estate and enjoyed a wine tasting.