About us

The Grapevine Experience Staff includes sommeliers, chefs, authors and trained teachers. 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.
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.

Zoë Burgard

Zoë has been in love with the sights (and tastes!) of Italy since she first arrived in Italy. With a B.A. from Harvard and a Master’s degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin, she has returned with more languages under her belt to join the Grapevine Experience team. Originally from Boston, she has adopted Italy as her chosen home, living the dolce vita dream. She is passionate about health and wellness, and cares deeply about the fact that the Mediterranean diet doesn’t place great food and fantastic wine at odds with a healthy lifestyle.

She helps design new food and wine courses, always seeking to educate more people about the fundamental principle about the Mediterranean diet: health shouldn’t be about restriction, but rather about experiencing the joy of fresh ingredients, wonderfully prepared.

Ada Sguazzo

Ada is a wine expert who founded her business DiVino Italy in 2010; she travels worldwide to promote the best quality Italian food & wine.

Certified sommelier and member of the Italian Association Le Donne del Vino, Ada graduated in Modern Languages and Cultures at University of Salerno and got her MBA in Wine & Spirits Management at BIWI Inseec Ecole de management in Bordeaux. She is a passionate connoisseur of regional Italian grape varieties, and organizes wine tours and professional wine tastings in Italy and abroad.

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