We’re enthusiastic professionals passionate about the vine.
NAN McELROY was a wine enthusiast long before she began traveling to Italy in 1995, but she began to “officially” expand her knowledge once she moved to Venice in 2004. With a desire to deepen her proficiency and satisfy her endless curiosity – and having an infinite supply and variety of research material at hand – she enrolled in the AIS (Associazione Italiani Sommeliers) course and became a certified sommelier in spring 2009. She is a member of Slow Food, and has continued to explore the world of Italian wine and gastronomy through tastings, seminars and travel (both throughout Italy and abroad, in France, Spain, Slovenia, attending wine fairs like RAW wine in London, and more) and enjoys sharing all she’s discovered with travelers in a practical, enjoyable and informative tastings in the context of the Venetian Vine.
NICOLETTA SAGGIO‘s vino-cation is written in her pedigree: her great-grandfather, grandfather, and father have produced Prosecco in Collalto and nearby Valdobbiadene since the 1930’s. Nicoletta has been furthering on her own knowledge about wine and viticulture for the Tre-Venezie region, Italy, and beyond since she relocated to Venice in 2003 (after having helped her Dad literally plant the last new vineyard for the production of his favorite libation). She obtained her AIS sommelier certification once Nino, the latest addition to the family, gave his permission (at the moment he still cares more for milk than wine). When tasting with Nicoletta, you’ll benefit not only from her studied expertise, but from a passion for food and wine that can only be shared only by someone who comes to it by birthright.
We take our wines seriously and ourselves lightly.
Nan & Nicoletta both obtained their internationally recognized AIS sommelier certifications here in Venice. One of them when will lead your tasting, or you may request your preference.