About Sylvia

Mi presento

Hi I am Sylvia!

I was born in Rotterdam and have lived in the Netherlands for many years. Now I live in one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world Montepulciano.

I am a Dutch lady with all kinds of work experiences to know Italy inside out, from waitress to professional sommelier.

Wine and Food experience

I am a certified Fisar sommelier and agent for several top wineries in Italy. I organize Wine and Food experience and Run and Wine experiences in Italy.

Besides I give presentations and wine tastings where I discuss the history and the story behind the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.



I left my heart in Italy after a holiday in Umbria. To get to know the country better I decided in 2003 to backpack traveling from north to south Italy for 9 months.

Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

After a break in the Netherlands where I actively participated in the Dante Alighieri association I packed up and went for a life in Italy in 2009.

Before I started my job for Villa in Umbria at the end of 2013 I worked all kinds of seasonal jobs in Trentino, Tuscany and Umbria to make ends meet.


I am proud of all I have done in my life. I love my job and I never work one day. All the sacrifices and hard work were worth it in the end.


And it’s my deepest belief that to follow your passion you need to be prepared and don’t let anyone limit your dreams. Life is Beautiful!