SommFoundation has announced a new enrichment trip!
Travel with Consorzio Italia del Vino, a group of 16 of Italy’s top wineries, from September 30 to October 8. The six participants on the trip will visit Sardinia, Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, and Liguria.
Italia del Vino is comprised of small, medium, and large companies that represent the diversity of the Italian wine industry, from family-run businesses to large corporations. This tour will take participants to iconic wineries, including Cantina Mesa, Marchesi di Barolo, Ca Del Bosco, Sartori, Zonin, Ronchi di Manzano, Drei Dona, Tenute Lunelli, and Cantine Lunae—all exemplary wineries in their production regions.
Airfares, transportation, accommodation, and meals in Italy will be covered.
Note: Applicants must be working in the US and must have a valid passport at the time of application.
APPLY HERE BY JUNE 20, NOON PST.
I was chosen last year and it helped cement my understanding of those regions. I got to travel with a "brat pack" of Somm Rock Stars of which it was my pleasure to get to know (women and men!) We were privileged to hang out with Lars Leicht and learn the medicinal benefits of Fernet Branca first hand in the streets of Verona. Highlights included drinking fabulous Italian bubbles through out the regions...everyone makes one it seems...and eating well at one star Michelin restaurants (Al Vecchio Convento) or, in the case of Medici Ermite, a multi course lunch the owners' Italian mother created for us to enjoy with all manner of Lambrusco that featured the best lasagna I've ever had tasted. Our beautiful and multi linguistic translators, Faye and Camille, made light work of the language barrier. Transportation was reliable and comfortable. I had taken myself to Northern Italy the year before to try and teach myself the basics of Italian wine...but due to inexperience and traveling alone...I messed up and cried everyday from frustration. To be invited to explore this region on behalf of the Consorzio was a dream come true and assuaged my previous errors. It was the trip of a lifetime!!! Ciao!!!