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!

Wanna have some useful tips about Tuscan wines and hear about the true story of Chianti? The borderline between the two most famous and biggest Chianti regions, those of Siena and Florence, was defined in a funny way: it was decided that a knight should leave each city on the appointed day as soon as the rooster crew, and the place where the knights met along the way should become the new border. Each knight thought to outsmart the other one, the Florentine one by not feeding his black rooster, while the Siena knight fed it too much, thus meaning that the Florentine rooster started to crow at the first light because it was starving, while the Siena rooster slept too much because it had a full stomach! For this reason they met 15 km north of Siena! This is why Chianti Classico is labelled with a black rooster at the top. Just to say that even in this occasion Florence won over Siena, by the way both cities are spectacular masterpieces of Italian beauty. It is amazing how wine can be funny even telling old stories about it. Any time I tell this I can’t help laughing a lot. There are a lot of famous wines in Tuscany so don’t miss the chance! Book one of my guided wine tours in ancient and scenic Chianti wineries and you will find the authentic great Sangiovese-based wine this region is so famous for!