My name is Anna Maria, I'm a native of Sardinia and, when I was young, I hated wine!
But I worked hard in my father's small vineyard. I studied languages at the University of Cagliari and I traveled and lived in many different countries. After University, I moved to Paris but I quickly realized that I wanted to live in my own land.
When I was living in France, I started to appreciate wine, that's why in 2007, I graduated with a Master of Wine and Food Marketing and Communication and after an extended period of time as an intern in the famous Sicilian winery Duca di Salaparuta, Vini Corvo, Florio, I moved back to Sardinia.
For five years, I worked for the very innovative winery Vigne Surrau, where I help launch wine tourism in Sardinia. This was a fantastic experience where I had the chance to travel around the world and develop my experience in the wine business. After thousands of wine tastings and hundreds of events, I felt I wanted to change and I needed a new challenge, so I decided to work on my own.
After an inspiring visit to the Napa Valley and Tuscany, I became a licenced tour guide and started Sardegna Bella e Buona, the first and only tour guide specializing in wine and food tours in Sardinia, but with a special eye for the culture and traditions that make our terroir so unique! I am a sommelier with a deep knowledge of Sardinian wines and producers and now, I'm so glad to guide you into the discovery of the secrets of my land, surprisingly modern but with an ancient soul.
Into the true heart of the island..
WHY SARDEGNA BELLA E BUONA
When I was searching for the name to give to my new enterprise, I was aware that my guests would be from all around the world, and I was looking for an Italian name that had to be simple, clear and understandable worldwide. That's why I choosed the two words BELLO e BUONO ! But in Italian language, bell'e buono is also an idiomatic expression that means "original", "authentic", "simply". Sardegna Bella e Buona = beautiful, nice, good, tasty, original, authentic, simply Sardinia!
Look at those typical sweet below: they are called "koros" (hearts), they are made in the center of the island with almonds, honey, sugar and orange peel, I was inspired by this simple delicate small piece of Sardinian art of food... Aren't they BELLISSIMI? I promise they are also BUONISSIMI!