About Us 2023-11-03T12:10:32+00:00


With decades of experience as writers and lovers of Italy in all its dimensions, our program leaders are the ultimate guides for a week of
creation and inspiration

For six days, a small group of international writers work on all types of writing, learning about technique in the morning and wine in the evenings, accompanied by exquisite food and conversation.

Suzanne Branciforte


Suzanne is a wine communicator who works with prestigious Italian wineries in Italy. She is a Food&Wine blogger and created the Italian Grapevine, a blog for Italophiles, foodies, and wine-lovers everywhere.
She is a Certified Sommelier (Italian Association of Sommeliers – AIS) and achieved a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines with Distinction. A 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! (VHL, 5th edition) and 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 knows that good wine doesn’t grow in ugly places.