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My life in Wine

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I was born in Vicenza, an area of Italy where wine is part of our culture and present in our
everyday life. After beginning my studies at the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS), I decided to move to Australia
to continue my education. Paving a career in hospitality was the next step in my journey and after reaching management levels in wine focused venues, my desire to learn more about wine increased.

I completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) course two and three, and thirst to learn more about wine was greater than ever so I reached out to Franck Moreau MS (Merivale) for a job and subsequently started working in some of Sydney’s most renowned venues as full time sommelier.

My wine career officially started, working on the floor as Sommelier at Mr Wong before
being promoted to head sommelier role at Uccello. In 2015 I sat the exam for the Court of Master Sommelier passing the introductory and certified level. Working on the floor helped me grow a lot, it guided me in what I needed to learn, but I needed to know more about the production of wine and to witness first hand what it took to create a great wine.

In 2016 I flew to Sicily to work for Azienda Agricola Cos winery for the 3 months long vintage. After this, I travelled around Piedmont, France and West Germany by myself in order to visit wine regions and understand more about each terroir. I visited many wineries as I love to talk about wine and learn  from the producers every little secrets in order to make to end wines. Then in 2017 I flew back to Europe, Priorat (Spain) this time, to work at Terroir al Limit winery for 5 months.

After returning to Sydney in November 2017, I embarked on creating a service which focuses on private, in-home and corporate tastings and wine events in addition to consulting to develop wine lists for bars and restaurants. So Wine Concept was born. Wine Concept’s first project in 2018 was to create a brand new, world class list for a new opening in Sydney CBD called Bistecca, now one of the top restaurants in town, which is part of the Liquid and Larder Group. The list was recognised BEST NEW WINE LIST IN AUSTRALIA IN 2019. 

Right now, I am working as the wine director of the group to which another restaurant called The Gidley has been added. This new role gives me the opportunity to manage more context and customize my wine lists for my wide range of clientele.

Both the Gidley and Bistecca has been awarded with three glasses (highest achievement achievement) in 2020 and 2021 and THE BEST DIGESTIF LIST IN AUSTRALIA 2021.

 

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