Tucked away in a secret valley in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany, the ancient Castello di Potentino provided the stunning backdrop for a week-long immersion in traditional food and farming practices alongside panel discussions, talks and presentations with international leaders in food, farming, nutrition, history, social responsibility, archaeology, wine and more on how we can use traditional wisdoms to innovate modern food systems.
ETRUSCAN DAY - Wine Day - Olive Day - Sheep Day - EARTH Day - Feast Day
collaborative shared meals
of presentations with global experts
local speakers and producers
ancient practices explored
Chef & founder, Relæ, Manfreds, Bæstand Mirabelle, Denmark
Lecturer in Archaeology,
University of Southampton, UK
Sligo Town, Ireland
Executive Chef, The Royal Hotel
Picton, Ontario, Canada
Founder of VinaLupa,
Danish foodwriter, chef & CEO of Hahnemanns Køkken, Denmark
Eric Archambeau, Founding Partner of Astanor Ventures, USA
Cultural Heritage Specialist
Restaurant manager and researcher, Pädaste Manor, Estonia
Archaeologist, Baker, Food-Intaker,
Writer & journalist OOF International Magazine, Italy
Author & restaurant manager
Mentana 104, Parma, Italy
Commercial Manager/Cheesemaker at Caseificio Murceti, Castell’Azzara, Italy
Founder of H+ and Hfilms
Olive Oil Manufacturer,
Montenero d’Orcia, Italy
Castel del Piano, Italy
Slow Wine Foundation, Italy
What People Said
"I found that Terroir Tuscany struck a good balance between between casual and quality, serious and relaxed. I also liked having to cook a little - very impromptu!"
Head Chef, Relae
"It was a great experience for me and I really enjoyed the other speakers as well. It was such a great feeling to know that many people at Terroir were interested in my research."
Founder, Tavola Mediterranea
"The discussions were very inspiring and eye opening, especially coming from so many accomplished people. I also loved cooking for everyone from a very terroir-focused perspective."
Founder, Avi’s Modern Indian
Ancient communities established themselves through food systems. By developing an understanding of their environment they provided not only sustenance for survival, but also the evolution of more complex cultural activities and improved methods of cultivation. Civilization developed from a productive relationship with the land. But now, in times of ultra-urbanization, many societies have become disconnected from the natural environment, leaving a small percentage of the population in control of overall nutrition. This fragmentation between the rural and the urban is marked by a trend towards large scale, heavily industrialized agriculture. Produce is shipped enormous distances for ever-growing populations which makes individual groups vulnerable and has a significant impact on the environment. When we lose control of our own resources, society is powerless to provide for local communities. If what we eat is a reflection of our community, then what does food that has travel thousands of miles say about who we are?
What does the future bring? Are we at risk of losing our humanness? Terroir Tuscany brought together 60 delegates and inspirational food leaders to explore these ideas through dialogue, debate, hands-on experience and plenty of shared meals.