Truffle Hunting in Motovun Forest

On the hunt for wild truffles
Surrounding the ancient sleepy hilltown of Motovun lies damp and dark woods, the perfect environment—and prime-hunting ground—for the elusive truffle. This valuable subterranean fungus has a delicate nutty and mushroomy taste making it a highly prized delicacy among foodies and, as it can only be found with the help of trained dogs or domestic pigs, its allure continues to grow. 

This is a guided tour that meets in the small Istrian village of Vrh, northeast of Motovun, a perfect jumping-off point to meet your English-speaking guide and transfer to the nearby country house of a seasoned professional who has over 40 years of experience seeking out the wild truffles in the Mediterranean forests of the area. He'll introduce you to dogs trained specially to hunt the delicacy, and after an aperitif, you'll venture into the forest and begin the search. 

The tour takes about three hours total. However, the initial truffle hunt takes just 45 minutes. You'll spend the remainder of the time at the country house learning how to prepare a meal with truffles as the star ingredient. The friendly hosts will serve you local wine, cheese, truffle-flavored honey, and other delicacies as you work, which you can also buy at the estate.

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