Tuscany is at the heart of everything we do.
Durum roll, please! We’re stoked to present a new, bigger portion of pasta making workshops, hosted by our real-life local Nonnas, lifelong pasta-makers working at renowned restaurants, private events and – the biggest critics of them all – cooking for their families at home. A chance to learn how to make pasta the authentic way, it’s also a lunch crafted by your own deft hands; we’ll bathe whatever you create in a pot of rolling, boiling water, salted like the sea and – no questions, please – cooked until al dente.
€20.00 per class
Duration is 45 minutes - Please arrive 5 min early
This year you can cook your pasta afterward!
Bookings open 11:00 UK / 12:00 EU - Thursday 27th April
MACCHERONI, THE TUSCAN TAGLIATELLE
The art of kneading, rolling out and cutting egg pasta by hand
This isn’t that naff packet stuff you smother with plastic cheese; Maccheroni is the real thing, seeing durum wheat kneaded before being rolled out and cut by hand. It’s infused with egg, too, so expect something as golden as the sun.
PICI, THE ETRUSCAN RUSTIC SPAGHETTI
A typical peasant pasta, prepared with simple ingredients (Vegan)
Pici is a typical peasant pasta, prepared with simple ingredients and a lot of love. It's a thicker version of spaghetti, hand-rolled and best served with a classic, fruity tomato sauce. It’s also a plant-based recipe, too, meaning that if you’re a vegan, this one’s for you.
TOPINI, THE LITTLE GNOCCHI
A classic of the Tuscan tables, the potatoes gnocchi with an Arezzo touch
Topini: the only little mice you want on your dinner table. A staple across Tuscany, Topini are a cuter form of Gnocchi, potato dumplings blessed with a signature Arezzo touch. You’ll knead, shape and cut these light, fluffy, starchy, dreamy pillows, before waiting for them to float to the top like Barry Can’t Swim on a lilo.
The elixir of gods, the nectar of angels, the liquid of seraphims: nothing means more to us at Flash than wine. A cork’s throw away from some of Italy’s best vineyards, we’re confident that we’ll give you some of the best vino you’ve ever tasted, showing off Arezzo’s great grapes. Hosted by a range of local renowned vignerons and sommeliers, our extended schedule of wine tasting masterclasses is being held at a new, special spot this year, so make sure to meet at the Leonardo's Vino Bar ten minutes before each sesh.
€15.00 per class
Duration is 45 - 60 minutes
New Location: Please meet at Leonardo's Vino Bar 10 min. before each class
Bookings open 11:00 UK / 12:00 EU - Thursday 27th April
WINE TASTING 101
Get this in your calendar right away. Our Flash wine pourers will bring you the liveliest, easy-going wines that the area has to offer, introducing you to the world of wine tasting without any la-di-da nonsense. Sip, taste and learn.
TASTE LIKE A LOCAL
Ready to wipe that touristy look off your face, challenge any wine list and surprise your hard-to-please in-laws at Christmas? This masterclass will teach you how to taste like a local, helping you become the wine aficionado you’ve always dreamed of being.
POP UNTIL YOU DROP
We love a Pet-Nat: they’re trendy, tasty and easy to drink. As effervescent as our wine pourers after a day’s worth of masterclasses, this naturally sparkling wine is a bit of a thing right now in Arezzo, with many young producers taking them beyond mere vini da piscina (literally, ‘swimming pool wines’). Leave feeling bubbly!
WAR OF THE ROSÉS
When the heat is on, Tuscans go for a cold Rosé. We’ll follow the trends of the last few years, exploring many producers’ focus on both glou glou (French, meaning it’s gluggable) & gastronomic Rosé. Warning: the alcohol level is never, ever low.
NATTY TO THE ROOTS
Natural wine rocks, so let’s head on a journey to discover the phenomenon, learning why it’s so popular. You’ll leave knowing the difference between a “natty to the roots” and wines that ride the wave but do things their own way. Oh, and you’ll also leave very, very tipsy.
TALES FROM SYRAH
“Once I was afraid, I was petrified, I thought I could never live without a Rhone Syrah by my side.” The new place for Syrah grapes is Cortona and southern Tuscany, so here’s a chance to taste some of the finest fruits of our labour, made by some of the most renowned Italian vignerons.
Keen to top up your tan without topping up your tannins? Here’s a selection of wine that’s both easy to drink on a hangover and won’t leave you with a raging headache the next day, a vinic cycle of goodness.
SANGIOVESE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES
Sangio, sans the usual. We’ll be tasting a range of different Sangiovese wines coming from several areas of Central Italy, proving that they don’t all taste the same. Expect fresh, crisp, elegant wines imbued with what the locals call “the wild mustang” of the grapes (we’re not too sure either, but it sounds cool?)
ORANGE IS MY FAVOURITE COLOUR
Orange wine: already hackneyed in Hackney, but beloved by old farmers in Arezzo, who’d drink a glass or three at night after a long day working in the fields. Now, vignerons at the vanguard of wine-making are taking us back to old techniques and bringing it into the present day, producing wine like their mama’s mama used to make. Time for a top up!
Hangover, what hangover? Our morning wellbeing sessions will help you recharge each day, led once again by international yoga teacher Jordan Mae Antoinette. Some mats are available but they’re not essential as the class will be taking place on grass, ideal for feeling grounded. Everyone is welcome, and it’s free to join at any time. This year, Jordan's teaching Yoga and Meditation on the airstrip, overlooking the castle, and Breathwork at the Giardiano Stage, helping you take a moment out to relax, realign, reset and all those other good ‘re’ words.