Vinitaly International Academy returns to the USA ...but which city? We need your feedback!

Ciao ragazzi! 

We are thinking about the possibility of bringing Vinitaly International Academy to 4 cities in the U.S.:

  1. Dallas or Houston
  2. Seattle or Portland
  3. Detroit or Chicago
  4. Atlanta or Nashville

Whomever responds to this survey by giving us feedback on which you think will be the best city options (1-4), telling us why you believe this to be the best choice and has a U.S. mailing address, we will send you a FREE copy of the book: Italian Wine Unplugged.

You can find out more about Vinitaly International Academy on our website:

To date, we have had 2 successful Vinitaly International Academy editions in New York, 1 in Los Angeles & 1 in San Francisco. 

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

  • Detroit or Chicago. We have a thriving and growing wine community here in Grand Rapids, MI. As of July 2019, we have two Advanced Sommeliers. There are two regular Blind Tasting Groups: one geared for Advance preparation and one for Certified preparation.

    Both Detroit and Chicago are within driving distance of GR and most of us take Master classes in both cities. 

  • I'll advocate for Chicago. We are centrally located. 3rd largest market in The States. We also have two airports, plenty of lodging and tremendous wine/spirits culture.

  • Nashville or Atlanta. The south is oft neglected in the world of sommeliers, so it would be nice to see some attention bringing people from all over the US to those cities for a wine event. The food scenes in both cities are underrated, and the culture has a lot of parallels with parts of Italy. Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world, and due to that, flights are attainable. Hotels are less expensive than the Seattle, Portland, and Chicago, and on par with the other cities listed. 

  • Dallas or Houston would be spectacular selections, both have a thriving sommelier community, tasting group and theory groups. They are "centrally" located in the US and provide easy transportation. The state is home to multiple supportive Master Sommeliers who continue to help grow and shape the state. Dallas (and its suburbs) is also the major city that hosts numerous sommelier events throughout the year such as TexSomm and the Advanced Course, therefore, there's nationwide familiarity with the city.

  • Dallas or Houston Texas would be excellent choices. Large and well established wine markets with lots of growth in recent years, as well as many influential Sommeliers, importers and distributors have their hubs there. Particularly Houston. 

  • I will echo Jeremy's comment advocating for Atlanta...the South is often neglected with such classes and I know there is a thriving market. I will also vote for Chicago, as it is a pretty big hit for all things food and beverage - with plenty of airport access. 

  • Dallas/Houston! It's a huge combined market and, very selfishly, would allow the Austin contingency to attend as well. 

  • Hi Stevie! The Pacific Northwest needs you! Please come to Seattle so that Canadians from Vancouver, BC can all drive down for the course! 

  • My vote is in for Seattle or Portland!

  • Hi Stevie, although Portland is a smaller market than Seattle, it has a long history of selling an enormous amount of Italian wine thanks to distributors such as Lemma, Casa Bruno, Estelle, and Todd "Pancetta" Bacon (Young's). Portland sommeliers and wine buyers thrive on showcasing small production, indigenous varieties and are champions of the underdog. Although I no longer live in Portland, I know many who would jump at the opportunity to attend the Vinitaly Academy. 

  • Atlanta is really easy to fly in and out of and has many venues for such an event. 

  • 1.Dallas




    To bring new possibilities and events such as vinitaly to these hubs that need more spotlight in the wine world. All of the above have good infrastructure and ability to host big events. To bring more interest and awareness to these wine markets. 

  • Denver.  Sorry, I color outside the lines!  Great and growing Italian wine scene here, with Frasca, Barolo Grill, Pizzeria Locale, Tavernetta, and a number of other Italian restaurants just crushing it.  I would ask that we not be overlooked!

  • Ciao Ms. Kim,

    1. Houston. Yes, Dallas has TexSomm, but since they're getting that annual wine love, why not shine the spotlight on another city?

    2. Portland. This one is a tough call, but i'd say PDX which is a great food city with vibrant scene, and lots of professionals working in wine/spirits. Also, Seattle is just three hours by train, so easily accessible for the folks there.

    3. Chicago. Yes, Detroit is still "up and coming", but Chicago is well established with a respected F&B scene employing your target audience.

    4. Atlanta, because it's a major airline hub, accessible for all the folks in the south (FL, Carolinas, etc.). I do keep hearing that Nashville is buzzing right now, but ATL may have the edge.