About us

The Grapevine Experience Staff includes field experts, AIS sommeliers and trained teachers. The Grapevine Experience is a full service provider with a focus on Italian culture, food & wine. We believe in living an authentic experience and learning from direct tasting.

Suzanne Branciforte

Suzanne is a wine communicator who works with prestigious Italian wineries in regions throughout Italy. She is a Food&Wine blogger and created the Italian Grapevine, a blog for Italophiles, foodies, and wine-lovers everywhere. She is on-site in Italy wining and dining, meeting and greeting chefs and winemakers, the movers and shakers of the Food & Wine sector. Suzanne has visited over 200 wineries in Italy.
She is a Certified Sommelier (Italian Association of Sommeliers – AIS) and member of the Association Le Donne del Vino. She graduated from Harvard and got her MA and PhD from UCLA. Author of the best-selling Italian language program Parliamo italiano! (John Wiley & Sons, 5th edition), she is the founder of the school Study in Italy with branches in Siena and Genoa.
Suzanne is director of Grapevine Experience, which she founded so that more people could enjoy the inimitable dolce vita Italian lifestyle and have fun while learning. Born in New York and a resident of Italy for the past two decades, she has lived extensively in California, France and Italy and knows that good wine doesn’t grow in ugly places.

Fabiana Piturru

Fabiana is an expert communicator. She speaks four languages, and is a Professional Life & Business Coach registered with AICP, the Italian Association of Professional Coaches. She is Human Resources Manager in the Food&Beverage sector of a major cruise line company. Her passion for food & wine prompted her to take up study with the Italian Association of Sommeliers, of which she is a member.
Born on the island of Sardinia, Fabiana’s family ran a business in the food & wine sector. Promoting the excellence of Italian food & wine is in her blood, and she strongly believes that wine is the expression of the uniqueness of a land and its people.

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