About Us

At Grapevine Experience we believe in the joy of exploration, the delight of tasting, and that Italian food & wine make life worth living.



Suzanne Branciforte


Suzanne is a Food&Wine blogger (www.italiangrapevine.com). 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 (www.studyinitaly.it) 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.





Alessandra Fedialessandra-fedi-foto-bio


Alessandra holds a WSET Diploma and is a Certified Sommelier as well as Official Wine Taster with the Italian Sommelier Association. She has a Masters degree in Management and Communication of Wine from ALMA, Scuola internazionale di cucina, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Milan.

Born in the capital of style, Milan, Alessandra specializes in wine education both for wine enthusiasts and professionals across the world, offering the prestigious WSET-approved courses. She often judges international wine competitions.

Tasting wine with Alessandra means discovering the essence of wine through simple, charming, friendly wine adventures, while never forgetting that wine is an essential part of Italian culture.




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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