Divino in Vino – "From Wine to Wine" 

Creating special moments and experiences in an intimate yet energetic setting. Niche and unusual wines from exclusive producers from all around the world, a boutique wine service offering dynamic wine tastings, educational workshops and intimate events. 

Wine is about wandering, it has a certain rusticity that brings you back to traditions and an idea of true values. Wine is travelling, exploring, learning. Wine is poetry and magic. From wine to wine, you travel through these moments, stories, and terroirs, and at the end of the night, your luggage is an awareness of where you can wander next time. 

Divino in Vino is for people who are into wine, those who are not, people who want to meet others, those who want a relaxed evening, surrounded by the colours of life. 


“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection" 
Ernest Hemingway


Why Wine Tasting?

You want to navigate the world of wine, whether along the typeface of that restaurant’s menu, or in the sensory experience it brings. Wine is personal, it is a subjective experience, and all of Silvia’s events are centred around helping us understand what these sensory experiences parallels for us.

Where do they bring us, how can one understand this process more clearly, what is happening? It is visual first, then you taste it, afterwards you eat with it. Analysing this allows us to understand the associations wine draws for us. In this sense, wine is freedom. It opens up an individual world, and Silvia’s events teach us to know ourselves better in exploring this world and most enjoying this freedom.

Divino in Vino is about helping us to define the different tones of the wine, and see these essences in our own light. It is not about a right answer from Silvia, rather about expressing oneself freely, bringing your opinion forward, contributing your experiences to the table, and partaking in this with others. In this process, participants enjoy a mutual understanding between them. 

Silvia becomes a storyteller, wine becomes a story to tell: behind the label, the producer, behind that straw basket of chalky violet grapes. But most importantly, she helps one see their own story in the wine. 

Tasting Workshops focus on a more technical approach to understanding this experience. Workshops cover a new topic each session, to combine curiosity and interaction with a bit of learning.



  • Ideally for groups of 12 people
  • Lasting approximately 2 hours
  • Taking place in a different location every time
  • Tasting collateral is provided
  • Sharing boards of cheese and charcuterie are included in the ticket price
  • £35 per person 

The private experience, whether at home or in a larger setting, is about bringing wines that enhance the atmosphere, making this subjective experience the best for your food and the people around you. Coming in touch with your personal relationship to wine in an ambiance of your choosing. It is about bringing wine and the tools to explore it in a way that best complements your experience. Whether this is a matter of simply having the best bottle and a moment to appreciate it at a dinner party, or a more technical approach, is up to you. You can choose the topic of your tasting, or trust Silvia’s creativity.

For corporate events, you don’t have to leave the building, Divino in Vino will come to you and treat you with delicious wines and a bit of competitive fun!



  • Ideally for groups of 10 to 30 people
  • Lasting approximately 2 hours
  • Taking place at your home or your office 
  • Tasting collateral is provided
  • Starting from £40 per person 

Supper Clubs are about the whole experience of pairing food with wine. How can your relationship to wine be intermixed with the tastes of food? How do the aromas fall into your mouth as flavours? The purpose here is to facilitate a more pleasurable encounter than that of having the two separately; a pleasure gained from the symbiosis of these often separate experiences. Silvia explores how the elements of each food and wine, the acidity, the tannin, the complexity, complement each other into the ultimate sensory experience. 



  • Ideally for groups of 10 to 20 people
  • Lasting approximately 3 hours
  • Taking place at Feest Cafe' in Newington Green, N16 9BU, London
  • Professionals Chefs
  • The menu includes a 4 course meal and wines paired with every dish
  • £55 per person 


Divino in Vino is collaborating with Bedales Wines for WSET courses. Since 2015, Silvia is the leading educator for WSET Level 1 and 2 which take place at Bedales of Leadenhall on Saturdays. 

WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. They are designed for those who are just starting out in their careers, as well as established professionals, and the many enthusiasts who have a passion for wines and spirits.

WSET was founded as charitable trust in 1969 to serve the growing educational needs of the UK wine and spirits industry which, at the time, primarily spanned import, distribution and retail. Funding was provided by The Vintners' Company and WSET took over the education initiatives started by the Wine and Spirit Association of Great Britain.


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Divino in Vino organises wine tours and experiences in the South African winelands in collaboration with Explore Sideways! 


NEXT UPCOMING TRIP: 11-17 March 2018


Discover the very best of the South African wine regions from the Cape Peninsula, Constantia and cool climate Elgin to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and the beautiful Swartland. Learn about the rich history of winemaking, discover organic and biodynamic farms and be spoilt with regional food & wine pairings as you sip the most exclusive wines that South Africa has to offer. Let a local, specialist guide take you off the beaten track and into some of the hidden gems that make this region a bucket list item for any visitor to Cape Town.

Explore Sideways is a South African based wine tour company specialising in unique, handcrafted wine experiences. Each trip is accompanied with a specialist wine guide that will take you to wineries that are off the beaten track and often not open to the public. Everything from tastings to lunch will be pre-booked and planned to perfection so you can focus on having an exceptional holiday.



● Check the important items off your Cape Town travel bucket list such as Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, the tip of the Cape Peninsula

● Discover 7 different wine regions including Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Constantia, Elgin, Hemel-en-Aarde, Bot River and the exciting Swartland

● Immerse yourself into the South African culture through local traditions and food and wine pairings

● Meet the winemakers and go behind the scenes at boutique wineries not open to the public

The price per person sharing is R33,400 (£1,900 approximately), which includes:

● Accommodation in a double room at a 4-star hotel for 6 nights. Single supplement is R40,400 (£2,200 approximately)

● Arrival dinner with the group

● Daily breakfast at the hotel, a typical South African braai lunch and 12 wine tastings

● Exceptional food, wine, and sightseeing activities included each day

● Specialist, local guide


For more information, please download the detailed itinerary, which outlines the schedule for each day.

Explore Sideways has well-established relationships in the Cape Town region which gives us exclusive access to indulge in private experiences delicious wine memories. You can read more about them on TripAdvisor for previous guest feedback & Explore Sideways blog for stories of things in and around Cape Town.


Booking will close 2 weeks prior, on Monday 26th February 2018

Next available dates:

  • 11-17 March 2018

  • 6-12 May 2018


Once confirmed you will receive a separate email from Trust My Travel with a payment link. Explore Sideways uses Trust My Travel to ensure your payments are financially protected. In the unlikely event that we are not able to provide your tour and a refund, Trust My Travel will ensure your money is returned in full and will act on your behalf. Trust My Travel also provides worldwide card processing so when you click through to our Trust My Travel gateway, choose your local currency from the drop down box to avoid any foreign transaction fees being levied against your card. (You can pay using Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners Club)

Payment in full is required to reserve your place in the tour. If you need to cancel, the deposit will be refunded accordingly:

  • 14 days prior to tour departure: 100%

  • 15 to 30 days prior to tour departure: 50%

  • 31 to 60 days prior to tour departure: 25%

In the rare event that our company must cancel the trip, your full deposit will be refunded through Trust My Travel.

Please see the attached Terms & Conditions.


We have also put a list together of helpful info and list of things to do and places to book ahead of time. Click here!


When I was a child I wanted to be a painter. I would spend entire days in the garden drawing high trees and fluffy clouds with chalk on my little blackboard, thinking colours and paint brushes were in my future. I would cross the Arno and walk along until only the birds, the waterfall and shadows of fishermen in the running water joined me with my colours.  As I walked there whilst studying English and French, and writing for wine magazines, the ruby-red enveloped in the glass returned me to those childhood moments, like biting into a cherry under the heavy Tuscan sun.

There were no family connections in the wine trade. Yet, writing about wine estates, winemakers and wine events in my native city brought me even closer to the Tuscan traditions - engulfed in the natural surroundings. Working at Studio Umami, in wine bars, and drawing the wineries and patrons together at degustazioni, my submersion in wine and its hints at food grew day by day. In 2013, after spending all my life in Florence, I needed to change air. I needed to change cask. Italy works mainly with its home-produced wines, anything imported from elsewhere is really a rarity, one I needed to explore.

I flew to London. Living here became a new dimension of my life, it meant independence, freedom, facing diversity: new people, new cultures, new wines. This also meant a new start, wine courses included. I began working at Bedales Wines, 3 years as wine specialist whilst studying for my Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 and WSET Educator Certificate. Tired of being in buzzy restaurant and noisy environment, I then managed a small start-up wine shop in Brick Lane for another year.

Very soon I realised that I was spending too much time with glass bottles, working purely with the final product and seeing it as merely a number to fill in an Excel file. That pushed me back to the passion that took me from Florence to London in the first place. In this moment, I saw my heart lounging in the tornado’s eye of my mind, and I followed its usher to South Africa. This was about pouring the warmth and intimacy of wine back into my relationship with it. It marked a significant moment in my life as well as in my profession, radically altering my point of view on wine and connecting me back to nature. Freedom and independence wasn’t walking streets alone at night, clubbing until late or discovering new restaurants and wine bars. It was walking with bare feet through the vineyard.

As I sauntered, wine became a climate, a terroir, hard work and sacrifice. Wine is rusticity, it has something fascinating that brings you back to traditions and an idea of true values. Wine is travelling, exploring, learning. Wine is poetry and magic. Like me, unassuming at first, then exuberant. It brings people together and helps to create moments and experiences.

And so is Divino in Vino – "From Wine to Wine". Creating those special moments and experiences in an intimate yet energetic setting. Niche and unusual wines from exclusive producers from all around the world, a boutique wine service offering dynamic wine tastings, educational workshops and intimate events. It is about wandering, emerging from the boscaglia as I did, starting along the Arno and ending up in London speaking candidly in a language that wasn’t originally mine, about something that became mine. Divino in Vino is for people who are into wine, those who are not, people who want to meet others, those who want a relaxed evening. I find happiness in the small things, in the colours of life, and in bringing it to you as well.

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