Black Truffle Season, Soria, Spain
February 15-22, 2020.
For truffle growers who want a firsthand look at the Black Truffle world in Spain, we’re offering a 1-week tour during truffle season to talk management and marketing with experienced growers. We’ll begin this tour at in the regional Truffle Festival in Abejar, with dog competitions, sellers of inoculated seedlings, irrigation equipment, truffle culinary products & lots of local hospitality.
Come meet with the orchard owners and their dogs to observe and talk about management techniques in a fully operating and productive truffle plantation. We’ll talk all about soils and irrigation; about insects, spore additions and tree pruning. You’ll have an opportunity to see different visions of what truffle farming means, and how different approaches work for different sites.
The Other Truffle Lovers
Among the many challenges that truffle farmers face are the other truffle lovers: insects and wild boars, badgers and small burrowing mammals who are attracted to the truffles. They may help disperse spores but often cause damage to the truffle quality or to the tree roots. How do Spanish farmers approach these challenges?
Hunting For truffles in our native oak woodlands
This is a unique opportunity to examine the ecology of Tuber melanosporum in the native habitat. We can appreciate the greater diversity of trees and plants and the wider distribution of truffle fruiting sites that shift every year. And it is only one of many fungi that grow in symbiosis with these oaks.
How To Market these Black gems
Successful truffle farmers face further challenges when it comes to cleaning, processing, preserving and marketing volumes of truffles. We want to introduce you to local experts who have been buying and selling fresh truffles and mushrooms for over 20 years. They will share their perspective on the local fresh truffle bounties for sale every winter, and some warnings for the growers. They have developed a technology for extending the shelf life of fresh truffles and created value-added truffle products for sale internationally.
where did all that calcareous soil come from?
Hike the limestone canyons for a sense of the beauty and porosity of these calcareous formations, the bedrock of truffle soils of Spain.
José Santana joins us as an expert guide
A true lover of nature and the rich rural culture of his ancestral villages, José Santana combines his passion for his native Soria with his investigative and didactic capacities. In his business SORBUS Medio Ambiente (SORBUS Environmental Services) he offers scientific and technical expertise to quality woodland projects in the local provinces.
Here is what we provide for you:
All transportation starting from and returning to Madrid, departing Saturday morning, Feb. 15, and returning Saturday Feb. 22.
Hotel accommodations with breakfast for 7 nights.
Private Black Truffle hunts, including a natural oak woodland and 3 planted truffle sites.
Luncheons for 7 days including 4 Truffle Feasts with regional wines.
Guided cultural visits to the old city of Soria, and the Castle of Berlanga de Duero.
Excursion to the limestone canyons of Soria.
Meeting with an expert Truffle Marketing Team.
"Cooking with Truffles" demonstration with one of Soria’s outstanding chefs!
Tour Cost in euros:
3250 € per person (double occupancy)
3450 € per person (single occupancy)
Contact Christine Fischer to reserve your place.
The Truffle Tour language will be English but you’ll have many opportunities to join-in with your Spanish!
Bring your questions
Truffle farmers around the world know that this is a long-term project. Management techniques will shift from year to year as trees mature and the truffle mycelium expands below ground. We want you to bring your questions and have the opportunity to discuss the principles learned through years of experimentation and dedication by Spanish growers.
Let’s talk about aromas, “truffle terroir” and about “spore baiting”
What factors influence the fresh truffle aromas?
We know that ripeness, temperature and soil conditions can all make a difference. What else is at play and how can aromas be valued and preserved?
And what management activities can threaten the quality of truffle aromas?
Relax into the rich history from the heart of Spain
Half-way through our journey, we’ll take a relaxed day in the city of Berlanga de Duero with a guided visit to the local castle, and a fabulous truffle cooking demonstration.
We’ll have a chance to learn about the history of these harsh and beautiful lands over the past centuries, as well as the challenges for people today in the rural mountainous regions of Spain.
Yes we shall dine on truffles
We’ll dine with several outstanding chefs who can demonstrate their skills and imaginations, capturing the ephemeral aromas of this amazing fungus in sophisticated and simple presentations.