About Me


I was born in Florence in 1962 and I have been working as a Sommelier here in Italy for ten years. My background is in Wine Tasting, as well as Food & Wine Journalism, and I have got an extensive knowledge on Wines coming from all regions of Italy, thus including Chianti and Tuscany.

My first approach to the World of Wine was the participation to the Professional Sommelier Course in Florence in 2001, where I gained a holistic knowledge of this unique Product.
Ever since, I felt that my aim is to spread the Wine Culture among Wine Lovers coming from all over the world, and this is how the Florence Wine Academy was born, in order to host all those that appreciate Italian Wine and are willing to learn more about it.

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Recent Articles

Chianti Classico Riserva 2007: Decanter Panel Tasting

By Vittorio Del Bono Venezze
Feb. 4, 2012

I have posted the Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 Decanter panel tasting that was published this February 3rd on the famouse wine magazine. Some data from decanter scores did not convince me, others I approve.
I listed below the labels and the winning score decanter with no other comment.

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Chianti Classico 2011

By Vittorio Del Bono Venezze
Nov. 26, 2011

Now that nearly all the grapes are in the cellar you can sum up a year on the whole balanced, with some sudden change in temperature in the finale too, but well dealt with by the clay soils of Chianti, which have well-preserved water reserves accumulated during the past. If the quality promises to align itself with high levels of recent years, the decrease will amount to around 10%.

The prediction of producers and experts are unanimous: The 2011 Chianti Classico has stood up well to the higher temperatures at the end of the season and bodes well for the future. The season, in fact, gave a fruit well balanced, thanks to a very hilly area, consisting mostly of clay soils that have accumulated during the years the water supply needed to cope with peaks of heat last month.

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