I grew up on a 200-year-old farmhouse in Styria, Austria, my family juggling a medical practice and running an organic farm. At 15, during a 3-month school exchange in Emilia, Italy, I was struck by the culinary delights, gained knowledge about Italian culture, and 16 kilos of happiness.
After high school, I studied tourism and traveled the world, working on cruise ships. When I returned to Europe, I led the front office of Cliveden House, UK, and approached the world of wine and cheese in the bustling London scene, when aging cheeses and natural wines grasped their stage.
While graduating in gastronomy in Pollenzo, Piedmont, I worked as a tasting panelist for the Slow Wine guide with mentors like Sandro Sangiorgi and Frank Cornelissen. I then managed, together with my husband Livio, a wine estate in Puglia and contributed to make it a praised destination to worldly travelers.
With The Genuine Experience, I have found my true self and passion, which I so much love to share with our local partners and pass on to our guests.