Italy is a beautiful country which offers lots of varieties of grapes & wines. I live in Tuscany but I also love Umbrian wines like Sagrantino di Montefalco, Torgiano Riserva, Rosso di Montefalco, Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito, and also several Umbrian white wines. The first of these is a DOCG wine (top level of quality certification for Italian wines) made with an autochthonous grape called Sagrantino – a cross of several clones of the area which was used at the beginning for religion functions – that grows only in Montefalco, a small picturesque hill town not far from Assisi – home to St. Francis. Sagrantino is the most famous wine of Umbria, and is characterised by a dark ruby colour, intense nose, complex, rich, wonderful taste, dry, warm, tannic, persistent and with a long finish: this wine can be paired with rich & complex food like that featured in traditional Umbrian cuisine. As Certified Sommelier and wine guide I often give private Sangrantino wine tours visiting Umbrian wineries, and include it in my guided wine tastings and also in special dinners & celebrations for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays in private Tuscany & Umbria villas.
I love Cortona, Tuscany where I am based but I also keep Umbria in my heart not only for its wines, but also its food. This region offers great truffles, salami, ham and cheeses (Norcia), several types of homemade pasta, chocolate (Perugia), good olive oil, and last but not least a great landscape with green hills covered by olive groves. When you plan to visit Italy do not forget to include a trip to Umbria to live a once in a life time experience with my private Sagrantino wine & Umbria food tours, savouring lots of wines and delicious traditional Umbrian food in historic & modern wineries of this beautiful region of Italy.

Never cannot miss Vinitaly in Verona because I love wine, there are so many wineries still I have to know better. Italy, is a beautiful place to live, to visit, to taste, to enjoy. This is the reason why I go to Verona every year and I LOVE IT, so many wines waiting for me and so many new ones to try. Obviously there are all the Italian Regions in Vinitaly, but to taste them all you have to stay at least 3-4 days, and have an “extra strong” liver. I visited the Montalcino stands with all the Brunellos again, Montepulciano stands with great Nobile again, Chianti stands with its seven wine producing areas, San Gimignano stands with the gold Vernaccia, Cortona stands with its great Syrah, and the Bolgheri stands with its Super Tuscans. What an amazing experience. I was happy but not drunk, even after tasting wines of something like 74 wineries in Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, Lombardia, Umbria, Friuli, Marche. Colours, smells, tastes are normally different but I found a lot of small producers with high quality wines. Not always the famous wineries make great wines. I found myself tasting pure old stylish Tuscan wines, that make me feel good because it means not a lot of wineries are changing direction on new technologies and ways of making wine, new blends etc. This International Wine Trade that happens once a year in Verona offers nothing but pleasure. Then come to the wonderful country of Italy to taste and live the wine, the food, the landscape of its beautiful regions. I am here living and sharing these genuine excellences of Tuscany with those who love to experience them with me.