What a great year I left behind with my Tuscany wine & food tours, private tastings in villas, wedding coordination, aperitifs and private Sommelier services in luxury villas.

I loved sharing lots of adventures, accompanying clients in several wine regions of central Italy like Tuscany & Umbria. It was so nice to see people from the United States tasting for their first time wines like Sagrantino di Montefalco in Umbria, very rich in tannins, flavor and alcohol.

I loved guiding my clients around Montalcino, the homeland of the famous Brunellos that everyone knows and loves, going through old and new wineries, traditions, vinification – especially selected for my private wine tours because for their uniqueness, wide choice of wines, scenic vineyards, beautiful cellars, friendly staff that always accommodated my special requests with joy thanks to the great collaboration we established.

My clients were SO happy to visit with me Chianti and Montepulciano, tasting their excellent Chianti Classico and elegant Vino Nobile, always being poured more than what is normally included, fully enjoying the wine experience. And others loved to discover in Cortona not only delicious extra-virgin olive oil and fabulous pecorino cheese in oil mills and family-run cheese farms, but also to savour Cortona’s big Syrah wines in a beautiful cellar – again living a wonderful wine & food adventure with me.

Most of them are already planning new trips this year, I can’t wait to welcome them and new clients too here in Tuscany and guide them through new wines and tastes of this beautiful country!

For those of you who love Tuscany’s pecorino cheese and olive oil and are enjoying holiday time in Italy, I may design private food tours that feature the best cheese and olive oil produced in Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza. Together we may visit family-run cheese farms full of sheep and spectacular views of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, discover how pecorino cheese is made step by step, and taste a variety of cheese like raviggiolo, ricotta, fresh, semiaged, aged and riserva pecorinos. Instead of just a tasting you may choose to have a complete cheese-themed lunch. During the day tour we willalso visit a local oil mill that produces the purest organic extra-virgin olive oil of Tuscany, learning how olive oil is born from tree to bottle – and of course we will taste it on bruschetta! Want to learn more about this tour? Then send an email to tuscanywinefoodadventures@gmail.com!

Extra-virgin olive oil of 2015 is now ready in Cortona, Tuscany and all over Italy. I am happy because this year’s production is great for everyone and also for me, because after a bad year lots of great olive oil is available again. For me it is a marvellous experience to harvest my olive trees, and to assist to all the processing of olives in a Cortona oil mill, and the emotion of the first drops of my extra-virgin olive oil coming down – the green gold of Tuscany. I could not wait to be home with my freshly-pressed olive oil to taste it on bruschetta with garlic, oh my…. I would love to share this experience with those who book my private olive oil tours in Cortona, Tuscany, a real tasting adventure following the various steps from fruit to olive oil. Oil mills are in function only in late fall, but it is possible to arrange visits and tastings any time of the year. Tuscany is famous for its pure and high quality olive oil, used almost in every dish of the old and new Italian cuisine: green, thick, peppery with a smooth and deep nose, is what you should not miss when visiting oil mills, joining cooking classes or dining at restaurants, be it on a simple bruschetta, pasta, meet or fresh salad. Take the chance to enjoy my guided olive oil tours & tastings in Cortona and elsewhere in Tuscany, to learn not only about the actual process but also the history of family-run oil mills. With its magic scenery of green hills covered by silvery olive groves, the green taste of organic and genuine olive oil, Tuscany will take you so much that you will surely love it.