Official certified Fisar sommelier

In 2017 I started with the Fisar sommelier study with the aim of becoming a professional sommelier. My dream came true. Three years later I have my official Fisar diploma and taste vin. I am a certified sommelier now!

Fisar Sommelier

Sometimes I still can’t believe that I’ve made it. It wasn’t easy at all. Being a Dutch native speaker and doing speaking and writing tests in an other language isn’t the easiest way to get your degree.

Fisar Sommlier
Fisar Sommelier

But I did it and I can’t explain my happiness and satisfaction. Now that I am having my diploma I hunger for more. I want to keep on studying, tasting, working and keep on organizing more and more wine and food experiences.

I live my dream and nothing is impossible. I have so many future wine projects to realize .. the best is yet to come. Cheers!

Fisar sommelier

Wine cooperative Cantina Mori colli Zugna

Wine cooperative

A wine cooperative is where wineries buy in grapes from a network of grape owners and make their own labelled wine. Most of the co-ops are after volume sales. Often it seems that co-op wineries produce a lot of boring wines and that they are more after volumes than quality.

In Trentino Alto Adige cooperatives create extremely high value wines. Some wines are even nationally and internationally awarded. The wines are worth seeking out!

Cantina Mori colli Zugna

Cantina Mori colli Zugna is a wine cooperative in Mori Trentino. They are part of Cavit (Cantina Viticoltori del Trentino). Cavit incorporates 10 cooperative wineries in Trentino. They are the largest wine cooperative in the region Trentino Alto Adige.

Cantina Mori colli Zugna
Cantina Mori colli Zugna

In the mid fifties Cantina Mori colli Zugna was founded. It counts now 700 partners who cultivate about 650 hectares. They converts over 90% of the area’s production.

The vineyards of Cantina Mori colli Zugna in Trentino are between the valley of River Adige and Lake Garda, on the slopes of the Monte Baldo (Malcesine) and the Gresta Valley.

Lake Garda

Wine tasting

Today Cantina Mori Colli Zugna organizes food and wine tours. The special wines and the Spumante under the appellation Trento DOC amused me.


My tasting notes:

Morus Brut Millesimato TrentoDOC – this is a classic method only produced in the best years. Millesimato means that the grapes are harvested in the same year.

The Morus Brut sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Nero. The grape growing are on the hills of Monte Baldo. This elegant wine undergoes a long period of aging on lees, therefor the wine has an intense, persistent perlage, buttery and creamy texture. The second fermentation in the bottle has a period of aging at least 36 months.

The colour of the spumante is yellow-greenish with aromas of crusty bread and green apples. This wine is excellent as an aperitif and good pairing with national and international cuisine or delicate fish dishes.

VicariusRosso Trentino DOP – this is a blended wine made of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. The grapes are selected to guarantee a high quality production of the wine.

The wine making process of this wine involves a long maceration on the skins in steel. This is to increase color, flavor and aromas to the wine. Following the maceration the aging proces takes place 6 months in wooden barrique and later 6-10 months refinement in bottle.

The color is ruby red. On the nose a delicate and elegant bouquet. On the palate dry, structured with spicy notes. This wine is good pairing certainly with meat dishes and game.

Tasting local red wines


As a result the wine cooperatives in Trentino Alto Adige are worth finding out. During the wine tour I’ve had been able to taste other local wines like Pinot Grigio, Müller Thurgau, Pinot Nero and Marzemino.

This wine tour is a superb experience, for that reason I recommend a visit to this winery to everyone who loves wine!


Not only wine experience

Wine and Food

The nicest part I love of the Wine and Food Experience is meeting people and sharing my passion for wine. I love tasting wines in good company.

All my guests come from everywhere: America, South Africa, Holland, Belgium, Italy… The Wine and Food Experience always starts by telling the history of Montepulciano and the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Montepulciano is situated in the center of an area rich in history, art and wine. The village is only at a stone’s throw away from Pienza and 40 minutes drive from Siena.


Did you know that the locals call themselves “Poliziani”? Which was the former Roman name of the town? And that Poliziano also the name was of a local humanist and famous writer (Angelo Ambrogini) living in Florence and born in Montepulciano?

Some identification detail of the Vino Nobile

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a precious product and was the first classified wine as DOCG. It is the “King of all Wines” : F. Redi 1685.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano with homemade pasta

The local economy in Montepulciano is mainly agriculture and tourism. The wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a symbol of the village Montepulciano. Sangiovese (Prugnolo Gentile) is the grape that gives the wine an identity. A wine that achieves an unmistakable taste, after 2 years of aging in wood.

Food is also an important item while drinking tannin wines. Tannins provide texture and structure in a wine. The flavors that appear in the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are mostly plums and cherries.

A pairing principle of the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano with food is that it interacts with rich, fatty and salty dishes, like wild boar, meat, pasta with ragù and old cheeses. They diminish the perception of tannins, making a wine like Vino Nobile more smoother.

Local pasta

In Montepulciano, Montichiello, Pienza and Montalcino is the most renown dish “I Pici”. A thick handmade pasta of local flour water and few salt.

In the Cantina of Gattavecchi the restaurant offers a wide choice of Tuscan specialties. I love the local pici, especially the Pici all’aglione. The “aglione” is a spicy garlic tomato sauce… yummy!

Yesterday I had a lovely group of American guests who had the chance to do an amazing experience with chef Lilian. She showed us how to make home made pasta.

Homemade pasta
Cook Lilian

New logo SylviaItaly

Het heeft even geduurd, maar ik ben blij jullie mijn nieuwe logo te presenteren waarmee ik hoop in de toekomst nog meer herkenbaar te worden met hetgeen wat ik doe in Italië op het gebied van wijn en running.

Dit logo is ontworpen en bedacht door Marco Angeletti. Ontwerper en designer van menig groot bedrijf in Italië. Grazie!

Recent ben ik geslaagd voor mijn Fisar Sommelier diploma niveau 3. Wat betekent dat ik nu gediplomeerd sommelier ben. Bij mijn examen moest ik alles weten over wijn, en het uitserveren van wijn. Van de 19 kandidaten waren er maar 8 geslaagd. Fisar Sommelier word je dus niet zomaar, daar moet je drie jaar lang hard voor leren. Maar het is me gelukt, en ik ben hier heel trots op.

In de tussentijd ben ik gestart met Wine and Food Experience in Montepulciano. Dit doe ik samen met Cantina Gattavecchi. Elke week heb ik gasten met wie ik de prachtige experience en mijn grote liefde voor de wijn Vino Nobile di Montepulciano mag delen. De recensies zijn vooralsnog positief en dat is heel fijn.

Daarbij heb ik in juni mijn eerste Run and Wine Experience met gasten uit Engeland. Een rondje hardlopen langs de wijngaarden rondom het plaatsje Montepulciano met prachtige vergezichten en een wine surprise na afloop. Ik ben benieuwd!

Dit alles zou mij wellicht niet gelukt zijn zonder medewerking van mijn collega Saskia van Villa in Umbria, Marco, Tiziana Mazzetti en vrienden/collega’s van wijnhuis Gattavecchi.

Maar misschien heb ik dit nu ook verdiend. Het gaat goed met me. SylviaItaly gaat mooi worden. Daar ga ik voor!

Mijn Vinitaly 2019

Vinitaly in Verona is de grootste wijnbeurs van Italië over wijn en een van de grootste vakbeurzen over wijn ter wereld!

Dit keer stond ik vier dagen met wijnhuis Piandaccoli uit Florence op de beurs. Samen met mijn collega Raffaele vertrok ik zaterdagochtend vroeg naar Verona om alles klaar te zetten in de stand. We verbleven vier nachten in een hotel in Sirmione. Sirmione is een prachtig schiereiland aan het Gardameer in de regio Lombardije.

Wijnproeven Piandaccoli


Elke dag moesten we op en neer met de auto naar Verona. En zoals de meeste Vinitaly experts weten, is met de auto naar de beurs gaan een hele grote uitdaging. Om de stad in te komen, parkeerplaats te zoeken maar vooral weer om de stad uit te rijden. Dan kan het zomaar zijn dat je 1,5 uur tot 2 uur stapvoets de stad uitrijdt. Maar goed..

De vorige keren ben ik bezoeker geweest op de beurs, nu moest ik vier dagen lang assisteren, wijnen uitserveren en mensen ontvangen. Erg leuk en zeer leerzaam. Omdat ik binnenkort examen sommelier heb, was dit een goede test voor mij. Ik heb weer een hoop over wijnen geleerd en nieuwe wijnen geproefd!

Ook andere wijnhuizen waarmee ik samenwerk waren aanwezig:

Gattavecchi en Poggio alla Sala

wijnhuis Toffoli


Piandaccoli is een mooi wijnhuis, en ik ben trots dat ik met hen samenwerk. Ze maken prachtige en bijzondere wijnen. Niet alleen de klassieke Chianti wijn, maar ook wijnen van autochtone druivensoorten die je nergens anders vindt, zoals Mammolo en Pugnitello.

Mede dankzij mijn collega’s en een fijne samenwerking heb ik een mooie (werk)ervaring “experience” opgedaan. Daarbij heb ik nieuwe mensen ontmoet waarmee ik hoop in de toekomst leuke wijnprojecten te doen.


De wijnen van Piandaccoli