In Vino Veritas: Creative Writing in the Vineyards of Tuscany with Alison MacLeod and Tobias Jones

Suzanne Branciforte
February 15, 2019

A residential writing workshop in the vineyards of Tuscany, In Vino Veritas features wine tastings, wonderful Italian cuisine, personalized encounters with teacher/writers, and morning workshops. 

2020 sessions:

Session 1: Fiction with Alison MacLeod (Unexploded, long-listed for Booker Prize): May 39, 2020

Session 2: Non-Fiction with Tobias Jones (best-selling author of The Dark Heart of Italy): September 612, 2020

Session 3: Writing Retreat: October 1117, 2020

Immerse yourself in the inspiring landscape of a vineyard and let the creative juices flow! For one week, escape to a hidden vineyard in the heart of Tuscany to write and share your stories, inspired by the exquisite food and wine of the region.

The day begins after breakfast with a three-hour workshop devoted to either non-fiction or fiction—perfect for writers working on short stories, novels, memoirs, travel, or true-crime. Poets, translators and writers of all types are welcome at the Writing Retreat where mornings are free for reading and writing. Afternoons are dedicated to free time: write, read, exercise—the decision is yours. In the evening, wine flows over long Italian dinners that include sommelier-led guided tastings and exquisite food pairings. Some star-filled evenings are dedicated to readings.

The host estate for In Vino Veritas is Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s winery in Trequanda. Participants stay in superbly comfortable private bedrooms in rustic buildings in the middle of the vineyards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feature Tuscan specialties, like the famed Chianina steak from the nearby Val di Chiana, and produce comes from local farms in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the gardens of the Cinelli Colombini estate itself—a real treat for vegetarians!

This is the perfect opportunity for writers seeking inspiration and guidance, new vistas, and memorable experiences.

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