authentic truffle hunting with a tartufai in the alta langa

Piedmont is world famous for the white truffle.  The "white truffle" or "trifola d'Alba Madonna" (Tuber magnatum) is found mainly in the Langhe and Montferrat areas of the Piedmont region in northern Italy and, most famously, in the countryside around the cities of Alba and Asti.  Join one of our local tartufai, truffle hunters, on a search for these white and black gourmet delicacies.  In Piedmont, truffle hunters use dogs, instead of pigs, to sniff out the truffles.  Many of these experts come from truffle hunting families, using practices and talents that have been passed down for generations.  This is an opportunity not only to learn about truffles, but to engage in the ancient practice of walking through the woods in search of truffles buried beneath the soil very close to Villa San Lorenzo.

learn how to make different TRADITIOnal piemontese pasta shapes and then enjoy eating them at villa san lorenzo

Learn how to make authentic pasta at the hands of a local. You will be able to take these skills home and wow your friends with your own homemade pastas.

All photographs copyright 2017, Clay McLachlan

learn how to make your own sourdough starter and DIFFERENT breads using local artisanal flours that you can find back home

Learn how to make your own naturally leavened bread.   Use ancient grains and create from scratch a sourdough starter. You will never have to buy bread again. 

Clay has been perfecting his bread making skills for five years years. He wrote and photographed about his experiences as a baker for Edible Marin and Wine Country.  He has worked hard to create his own pasta madre or sourdough starter, an active yeast created simply from mixing flour and water.  Since living in Piedmont, he has focused on sourcing his ingredients from local producers and is thrilled to share his discoveries with fellow bread lovers.   Einkorn, or Monococo in Italian, wheat is grown and milled a the nearby organic farm, La Ghiandaia, in Bonvicino.  Clay recently published a book with Clarkson Potter and Jovial Foods using this wonderful ancient grain that has never been modified and is absolutely delicious and low in gluten for those whom are gluten sensitive.

hands on chocolate making class with a master chocolatier

Spend the morning learning how to temper chocolate and then how to make unique specialty chocolates with an extremely talented chocolate maker, Eugenio Truffa, who has more than thirty-years of experience.  We will visit the workshop at Pasticceria Truffa and see how everything is made and then have a huge sampling of all their delicious goodies at the shop in Bossolasco.

learn 10 techniques to creating beautiful images with any image capturing device including cameras and phones

Photography Classes

FOOD PORN:  Join Clay for a customized photography class. Learn the techniques used to make mouthwatering and compelling food photos. 

LANDSCAPE:  Enjoy developing your skills photographing the stellar landscape of Piedmont's wine country. Learn how to best use light, framing, and exposure to your advantage.

EDITING:  Tips and tricks to edit your pictures in the post op phase.  Your friends will be amazed at the quality of pictures you are now able to share.

Clay is an award-winning photographer who has traveled the globe for the past twenty-years photographing a dozen cookbooks, every major wine region, countless travel features for magazines including National Geographic Traveler, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Wine Spectator, Decanter, Time, Sports Illustrated, Food and Wine Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, The New York Times, and many other's.  Clay was a double major in Philosophy and Studio Art and worked as an assistant and photographer for Sports Illustrated and Reuters covering all the major Sports in the USA as well as president's, campaigns, weather, and daily life.  He is delighted to have found such a stunning part of the world to share from a visual perspective.

villa san lorenzo is the perfect location to host your destination wedding for 20 - 60 people

Villa San Lorenzo is a spectacular destination wedding property, please contact us to discuss all the details for your special day!

All photographs copyright 2015, Clay McLachlan

your children will enjoy a SPECTacular day of supervised ACTIVities while you are out enjoying the beauty of the langhe wine country

Face painting & mani-pedi for kids  -  Arts and crafts (drawing, painting, coloring)  -  Writing, Directing, Acting, and performing original musical

Sports (volleyball, soccer, baseball)  -  Working in the garden and vineyard  -  Cooking classes & Pizza making  -  Games (cards, board games)

village to village hiking and yoga classes at your villa

Piedmont is a walking and hiking paradise. Tamar is a passionate hiker and is happiest when leading groups on a beautiful walk.  Enjoy walking through the historic hill towns, world reknown vineyards and stopping at a local cafĂ© for lunch or enjoying lunch at one of our winery contacts. 

Yoga offered for all levels.  Tamar has studied and practices Flow Yoga.  At Villa San Lorenzo we focus on yoga to relieve stress, improve circulation and allow your mind and body freedom to rejuvenate and relax.