Petra was born and raised in Firenze, Italy. Her father Carlo, a native “Fiorentino,” nurtured Petra on Italian opera and Dante Alighieri, passing on his own deep love and reverence for Firenze, its traditions and culture, to her. Petra’s mother Connie was born and raised in Colorado. She moved to Italy in her twenties to study art, where she fell in love first with Tuscany, and later with Carlo. Petra attributes her own adventurous nature to her free-spirited mother.
Petra studied international law at the University of Florence, graduating in 2003 with honors. She first worked as a consultant in the textile industry. This job gave her the opportunity to travel the world – from Italy and India to North Africa and throughout the Middle East.
In 2007, Petra came to California for a short vacation. But the quiet beach town of Encinitas, CA soon became her new home. Working in a local Italian restaurant,
Petra discovered a passion and talent for the hospitality industry, and for Italian wine in particular.
Petra Belliti’s love of Italian wines has since grown into her profession. She is a certified Italian Wine Specialist from the North America Sommelier Association (NASA), as well as an Italian Wine Ambassador and Italian Wine Educator with Vinitaly International Academy.
Today, Petra is general manager of Solare Ristorante in San Diego. Among her many duties, she is responsible for event planning and building Solare’s award-winning Italian wine portfolio, and has organized and led several wine tours to Italy sponsored by Solare. She has also curated the wine lists for Italian restaurants in Southern California.
Petra is eager to share her depth of knowledge for Italian native grapes and winemaking with those who share her passion and thirst (for knowledge, of course) through wine seminars, guided tastings, and in-depth tours of the varied terroirs of the Italian peninsula and endless, breathtaking, and romantic “flavors” of its many distinct regions.
If you want to organize a party and want to turn it into a fun and educational event, contact me! Add some cheese to the mix? The Venissimo cheese monger will join me and you’ll have fun learning more also about Italian cheeses and pair them with Italian wines!
Do you want to learn more about native grapes of Italy and its wines? Book your virtual tasting and select from different topics from the menu below. Invite your friends to the party, get together with friends that are far away and share the experience with them.
Are you a grape nerd? Do you want to learn how to navigate the intricated world of Italian Native Grape? Take this Maestro course certification class with me – it is a 8 sessions course and you will get the Maestro Certification, issued by Vinitaly International.
Petra Belliti has been working with numerous restaurants in Italy as well as in San Diego, CA. She has been bringing in new flavor profiles from, boutique wineries in Italy that will make your guests delighted while browsing your wine list.
As a restaurant general manager with over 10 years of “on the floor” experience, I can assist in all aspects of day-to-day restaurant operations. In short, I can help your business run more smoothly and productively, increasing both customer satisfaction and your bottom line.
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