I’m Steliano Cusmiani. You can call me Stel.
After a lifetime in wine, I can't think of a better place to find myself than in Tasmania.
The vineyards, the people, the vintages and varieties, the landscape and the climate, there's a lot to tell you about!
My all-inclusive 1day mobile wine tours are perfectly paced so you can soak up the atmosphere, relax and most of all, enjoy the wine.
As the child of Italian migrants, I was often given a glass of water with a little wine added, to add flavour to the water (something I still do on a hot day). It's been in my blood ever since.
I truly fell in love with Wine in 1976, in New York when I worked at my Uncle’s restaurant “Lido da Roma”. One of the young chef’s at the restaurant took an eager young “come waiter” under his wing, teaching me all that he knew about wine. It inspired me to learn more about wine and to experiment. This experience led me into the wine industry when I returned to Australia.
45 years later I am still enjoying a life in wine. My work with the Australian wine industry has always been about appreciation and evaluation.
I have worked for large wine companies to small family wine businesses and household names like Yalumba, Lindemans, Seppelts, McWilliams and Orlando. I have been lucky enough to have been mentored by some of the greats in the industry, like Len Evans.
I have always enjoyed learning. At Seppelt’s I worked up from my role as a young sales representative in Sydney’s western suburbs to being their NSW fine wines manager. This experience give me the knowledge and groundwork to later hold major management and educational roles.
I’m often asked “Why do you do what you do?”. Well, I cannot think of anything better than seeing my guests getting immersed in the beautiful wines and scenery of Tasmania. And I love the incredibly variable scenery I see as I drive from region to region.
I was lucky enough to have been accepted by the P&O cruise line to present my wine sessions “How to look like a wine expert in under 1 hour”, “Wine & Gourmet Chocolate Pairing” and my “Wine Master Classes”. These sessions have been incredibly popular on Carnival Cruises P&O line where I presented for around 5 years before moving down to Tasmania in January 2019.