A taste of Italy through food and wine

Get to know the area, the rich wine and food culture, and the limitless hospitality of the Italian people together with a sommelier.


Wine tasting experience with sommelier

Get ready for a memorable wine tasting experience! A must do in Italy and great fun for wine lovers of all levels.


From Monday April 26 Italy will let restaurants with outdoor seating reopen for lunch and dinner in yellow zones. Tuscany returns to yellow zone.

It won’t be until June 1st the earliest that restaurants can open indoor.

Virtual wine tasting experience

The virtual wine tasting is in Tuscany. With this free virtual wine experience I will bring you through a virtual tour of Montepulciano and the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

By tasting the wine I will explain you the aromas, characters and flavors.

Experience the main square in Montepulciano: the Piazza Grande. Enjoy Tuscany and its panoramic views.

The English Virtual Noble Wine Tasting Experience takes place every Sunday at 4pm local time (CEST) / 10am EDT (East Coast) / 7am PDT (West Coast).


Check out the upcoming dates: May 23, May 30, June 6 and June 13, 2021.

Your host Sylvia

The world of wine is all about passion, history, culture and food pairing. As a sommelier it gives me pleasure to be able to share my knowledge of wine with other people.

I speak Italian, English and Dutch. Furthermore I have a lot of information for you and truly want everyone to have a great experience.

Wine and Food Experience

A must do in Montepulciano and great fun for wine lovers of all levels! Meet the wine maker, enjoy a generous wine tasting and a fabulous meal with Sylvia.

Brunello Wine and Food Experience

The Brunello Wine and Food Experience is an enjoyable tour and one of the most personalized wine and food experiences in Tuscany!

Chianina Food and Wine Experience

The Chianina Food and Wine Experience is a true Tuscan Food experience. Here you eat the best Bistecca ever!

Wine Barrel Race Experience

This is a super special typical Italian experience! Join the spectacle of a wine barrel race and spoil yourself with delicious food and wine.

Run and Wine Experience

This is a combination of two of Sylvia’s passions: running and wine. You will run through amazing vineyards, sightseeing along the way. A bottle of fine wine is included.

Welcome to Montepulciano

The Wine and Food Experience in Montepulciano is a unique and unforgettable experience. On this wine tour we visit a historical family winery where we taste four quality wines paired with local food.

It was a fantastic experience. The atmosphere, wine and food were superb. Sylvia is a wonderful and very kind host. Strongly recommended!”
Patryk (Poland) 20 September 2019


I am a certified FISAR sommelier. I have passed all my exams and I have gathered plenty of experience in the world of wines. I also completed the level 2 WSET study Award in Wines. WSET is an international recognized diploma.

Honeymoon highlight

This was the highlight of our honeymoon! It ended up just being myself and my husband on the tour, as the rest of our group didn’t show up. Sylvia and the team at Gattavecchi went above and beyond for us to make the day special. Also, Montepulciano is just breathtaking. If you are debating on stopping here, DO IT! 🙂 We 110% recommend! Thank you Sylvia! ~ Sara (Calgary)


It was a nice tour. We really enjoyed the lunch and we had a lovely time with the other group members. The wine was very good and made us all very joyfull. 🙂 Sylvia did an excellent job in choosing the restaurant and she acted like a very good host. ~ Anda (Romania)

Amazing experience

An amazing experience from start to finish. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this experience. Sylvia is welcoming and knowledgeable and above all, a fantastic and friendly guide. This made our trip! ~ Alex (UK)

Sylvia Italy Blog

Here you can read background articles about various topics, not only Italian wines, but also about running.

Have a good read!

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