You might think I have been in this business for many years, but my passion for wine started in February 2010 when the owner of a famous winery in Orvieto offered me a job as a wine tasting tour guide. I did not hesitate! I had been surrounded by wine all my life during my up bringing in Veneto (although I am sicilian!) but I never understood anything about it. Until then my great passion had been art history, through college and university, travels around the world, reviews on local artists and volunteer work as a tour guide. I probably needed to turn forty to realise that it is never too late to learn and start again….and so I did. With my new job I immediately felt the urge to learn quite quickly basic wine making techniques, together with grape varieties, types of soils, pruning systems, climatic conditions…After an entire summer searching and self studying, I enrolled on a sommelier course in Rome through the Italian Association of Sommelier (A.i.s.). After two years I became qualified (February 2012). However the sommelier qualification was never the end of my journey, it was the beginning of a new one…and so I moved on, into the first Wine Master in Italy, which I concluded with great results in June 2014: a two and half year course entirely dedicated to all aspects of the wine industry. I also became an Official wine taster for Italian Association Sommelier (March 2014). In 2015 I tried the Masters of Wine entry exam and passed. Since September 2015 I have entered the Institutes’ programme. I am now at stage 2 after passing (june 2016) the first year assessment exam.
Today I spend my time studying in preparation of the exam and paying for my expensive course through wine tasting tours, cooking classes and food and wine pairing. I collaborate with clients from South Africa and New York , on my spare time I love to visit wineries, tasting wine and writing reviews for Bibenda7.