Head out to the Carneros Region to Robert Sinskey Truffle Orchard, the first scientific truffle orchard planted in the Napa Valley. You’ll be greeted with a glass of Sinskey’s “fine wine from organic vines” upon your arrival. Join Chief Scientist Dr. Paul Thomas and Chief Truffle Officer Robert Chang of the American Truffle Company, and Rob Sinskey of Robert Sinskey Vineyards as they provide insights into planting and managing a working truffle orchard.
With a little wine in your hand, let’s dig in! European black truffles are the most sought after truffles in the world. Also known as “the black diamond of the kitchen,” their demand far exceeds the supply. Truffle orchards are highly profitable, and are an excellent and viable way to diversify land usage. Current black truffle production is almost exclusively in Europe, but now these truffles can be cultivated in select areas around the world. Many parts of North America, including Napa and Sonoma, offer particularly suitable climates and soil.
Dogs are an integral part of harvesting truffles. There is no better machine to sniff out mature truffles than the highly sensitive nose and the extreme mobility of a properly trained dog. Just like rigorous science is required for successful truffle cultivation, a scientific approach is key to effective truffle dog training. ATC’s associate CPDT-KA dog trainer Alana McGee will demonstrate how truffle dogs are trained and actually find truffles in the Sinskey orchard.
RAIN OR SHINE! Please dress properly for the tour as we will gather rain or shine! If the weather is damp, we recommend boots/mud shoes, rain jacket/hoodie, and umbrella.