Truffle hunting at Carmine Estate takes place early morning in the warmer months of the year before it become too hot for both hunters and their dogs. Guests are collected from our Vineria del Carmine in La Bruna and follow the truffle hunter and his dog as they make their way through woodlands around the estate, so we recommend comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
After the truffle hunt guests return to our Vineria for a wine tasting with our bilingual certified sommelier, Mattia, who will pour the wines and provide a short history of the Estate, our wine-making philosophy and our vineyards. Also included is a tasting of our organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and an explanation of the process behind this amazing product, as well as an antipasti of local cured meats, cheeses, olives and Umbrian breads.
Our truffle hunter, Massimo Bianchi, works as a policeman when he is not taking guests from Chiesa del Carmine out truffle hunting. He is a passionate hunter, foraging for mushrooms, picking wild asparagus, collecting wild grasses and searching for truffles.
The Carmine Estate planted a three hectare truffle wood in the field surrounding the church. Our wood comprises five different kinds of oak trees, hazel and cistus plants which have been innoculated with truffle spores, plus a scattering of native ornamental plants.
At present we hold truffle hunts in the wood above our Merlot block, where we have consistently found truffles in the past, while we wait for our own wood to come into production.