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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


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250+

#terroirtuscany uses

 

14

collaborative shared meals

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60+

international visitors

 

7 days

of presentations with global experts

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50+ 

local speakers and producers

 

10

ancient practices explored


International Hosts        

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Cristian F. Puglisi

 Chef & founder, Relæ, Manfreds, Bæstand Mirabelle, Denmark

 
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DR. Helen Farr

Lecturer in Archaeology,
University of Southampton, UK

 
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Brid Torrades

Chef,
Sligo Town, Ireland

 
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Albert Ponzo

Executive Chef, The Royal Hotel
Picton, Ontario, Canada

 
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Emily Harman

Founder of VinaLupa,
London, UK

 
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Trine Hahnemann

Danish foodwriter, chef & CEO of Hahnemanns Køkken, Denmark

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Eric Archambeau

Eric Archambeau, Founding Partner of Astanor Ventures, USA

 
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Sarah Wolferstan

Cultural Heritage Specialist

 
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Ruth KlaHsen

Cheesemaker,
Denmark

 
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Matylda Grzelak

Restaurant manager and researcher, Pädaste Manor, Estonia

 
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Farrell Monaco

Archaeologist, Baker, Food-Intaker,
California, USA

 
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Poul Lang Nielsen

Farmer
Funen, Denmark

 
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Amanda Cohen

Chef, Dirt Candy
New York, USA

 
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ADRIAN KLONOWSKI

Chef, Pädaste Manor
Estonia

 
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Voula HalLiday

Chef and writer
Toronto, Canada

 
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Dr. Xand van Tulleken

Nutrition Expert,
London, UK

 
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TIMOTHY J. MCILWAIN

Attorney at law,
USA

Local Hosts

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Luigi Caricato

Writer & journalist OOF International Magazine, Italy

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Luca Farinotti

Author & restaurant manager
Mentana 104, Parma, Italy

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Lorenzo Messana

Commercial Manager/Cheesemaker at Caseificio Murceti, Castell’Azzara, Italy

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Daniela Cattaneo Diaz

Founder of H+ and Hfilms
Italy

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Giorgio Franci

Olive Oil Manufacturer,
Montenero d’Orcia, Italy

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Priscilla Occhipinti

Master Distiller,
Nannoni, Italy

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Fabio Borgoni

Butcher
Castel del Piano, Italy

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Fabio Pracchia

Slow Wine Foundation, Italy

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Roberto Rossi

Chef at Silene,
Pescina, Italy

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Francesca Ruffaldi

Founder/Cheesemaker at Caseificio Murceti, Castell’Azzara, Italy

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Mario Morellini

Author & Naturalist,
Tuscany, Italy

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Eleanor Shannon

Sommelier
Italy

 
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CHARLOTTE HORTON

Castello di Potentino,
Italy

 
 

Rural Logic

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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.