Testimonials

 

“Put it on your ‘Bucketlist’ – A trip hosted by Stel is a phenomenal experience, he is a walking encyclopedia of old & new world knowledge which is generously shared with any one lucky enough to attend. An absolute must for any level of wine lover.” 

 

Ben Kelsall & Ken Jonsson

Woolgoolga


Subject: 5 Star Revew Michael and Nadine

 

5 STAR REVIEW – Oct 29, 2019

 

Brilliant tour

TripAdvisor review: StelaVino guided wine tours Hobart Tasmania

We’ve been on quite a few wine tours in Australia, and Stel’s tour was just brilliant – perhaps the best we’ve been on. He took us to some extraordinary boutique vineyards around the greater Hobart region where we met the winemakers or family owners at each. It was fantastic to spend some time hearing the stories behind each of these producers. Stel’s knowledge of Australian and International wine and understanding of cool climate Tassie wine is exceptional. Stel is super friendly and entertaining company to spend the day with. Highly recommended.

Michael and Nadine  


 

“Stel has a real feel for his subject and knows how to communicate it in a friendly, informative way. The tours are not snobby, they’re fun and one gets to try some very nice tipples…highly recommended and a great experience for couples or groups.” 

Ben Link  


 

“Steliano’s wine education is both comprehensive, and accessible. He is able to demystify wine for the average person in a fun and informative way. A day spent with Steliano will provide you with more practical knowledge about wine and the processes involved in winemaking than most anyone you know, and a newfound appreciation as you enjoy your next glass.”

Blake Ryan Area Manager, ACT & Southern NSW Vintage House Wine & Spirits  


 
“I have had the pleasure of attending wine tastings/appreciation events facilitated by Stel in the past. Not only is he very professional, he is extremely personable, making everyone feel at ease whether they’re a wine novice or aficionado. No question is too basic or challenging and his enthusiasm for and enjoyment of the topic is clearly evident.
 
Stel’s level of knowledge of the industry has clearly been well honed over many years and whether you’re into red, white or sparkling or simply looking for a great opportunity to taste wines and/or learn more about them, Stel is most definitely the man for the job!  I know Stelavino will be a great addition to the Tasmanian wine scene and the opportunity to enjoy Stel’s expertise in the beautiful setting of various Tasmanian vineyards will simply add another dimension to what is already an event not to be missed.”
Danita Needleman
Mentoring Program Manager | Virtual General Manager
 

 

“I have known Steliano Cusmiani for some years and from a wine consultant has become a dear friend. His knowledge of wine has helped me to put together an excellent wine list that has been beneficial to my restaurant. A year ago my wife and I were privileged to be part of tour of McLaren Vale and Adelaide hills, hosted by Stel. The total experience was not only enjoyable but also interesting and educational  Steliano has a great knowledge of the wine making process as well as being an interesting host

I look forward to joining him for another enjoyable experience.”

Peter Bignasca Owner, Kirribilli Village Cafe & Ristorante  


 

“I had the pleasure of being educated on the Adelaide Hills areas wineries by Stel. His in depth knowledge of the terroir, wine makers and generally history of the area was a highlight. When it came to the actual wines it was a whole new level. To see the vine and taste the previous vintage of the same paddock was an inspirational move. It will forever be my favourite moment.

I am sure Stel’s tours in Tasmania will have the same level of professionalism mixed with his friendly approach to sharing his encyclopaedic knowledge of all things vinicultural.”

Gordon Laffan CEO  


 

“Stel organised us a wine tour from Sydney to the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. I found Stel to be a wealth of knowledge of the area, local wines of the region, and abroad. I came away from the wine tour feeling educated and having fun doing it.”

Darren Pettit Meze Me Grove restaurant  


 

“It gives me great pleasure to write this testimonial for Stel, someone I have had as a sales manager for the past ten or so years.

Recently my wife and I were invited to tour the vineyards in the McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.

Stel picked us up from the airport and chaperoned us for the whole weekend. As bus driver, entertainment director and resident on board comedian. Needless to say we all had a wonderful time and each day we were greeted with Stel’s warmth and personality, it was truly an awesome trip. He obviously did his homework on restaurants as each one we ate at was top quality.

When time permits we hope to visit some friends in Tassie and we will definitely be doing a tour with Stel!

Please do not hesitate to email me for any other information about Stel as I will be very happy to do so.”

Stephen Smyth Director, Queens Wharf Hotel  


 

“I have had the pleasure in being taken for comprehensive wine/food tours in the Mc Clarenvale area in South Australia and in the Southern Highlands wineries in NSW and I have also attended a number of wine dinners that Stel has organised for the Clubs I have worked in. He is the best in the knowledge of wine and the best wine person I have ever found in the 16 years in the Club industry.

Stel exudes enthusiasm when he talks about wine and is an absolute pleasure to deal with. He is very sociable and very hospitable and bends backwards to suit your needs.

Can’t wait to come down to Tasmania as I know it will be a very wonderful experience and is now on my bucket list.

A Tip for any traveller to Tasmania: If you are thinking of coming to Tasmania and want to get to know Tasmanian wines you are best to get in touch with Stel. Guaranteed that not only he will show you the best in the region but he will educate you at the same time what to look for in the types of wines you are tasting. Plus he will make sure that you are taken to the best eateries as well.”

Anita McMahon Club Manager Sydney
 

 

“I have had the pleasure of attending numerous wine dinners hosted by Stel. His knowledge is second to none. From the grape on the vine to the wine in the bottle, Stel knows every process involved. You always get an informative tour and you will walk away appreciating the wine you drink more.  Stel’s enthusiasm for wine is apparent. He will share this enthusiasm and knowledge with you from very basic information to all the techniques of wine making, all depending on what you want to learn. I’m sure Stel’s wine tour will offer you more than the usual wine tour would. I would highly recommend giving StelaVino wine tours a go. “

Vicki Asher Area Manager Vintage House Wine & Spirits  


 

“Stel has an amazing personality with a great background in the wine industry…perfect guide!”

Bruce Ferrier  


   

“What a great day! Booking a day trip with Stelavino was a great decision. Stel is a great guy, extremely knowledgable on all wines and a lot of fun. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day on the apple isle. Highly Recommend.”

Cameron Colville Area Manager Vintage House Wine & Spirits 

 


   

“Stel has soo0 much knowledge of wine and knows most of the local winery workers. Awesome lunch provided and he is very accommodating at making a special stop. The main highlight of the day was a sit down tasting with cheese at Clemen’s Hill Wines, we were invited into Rob & Aurelia’s home (which is a fairytale) and chatted away the arvo as Rob gave us an in-depth background on each of the wines, we loved them all. A must do experience and Stel facilitates it all. We will do again when we are next here! Thank you Stel!”

Tripadvisor review 10 Jul 2019

 


   

“Stel provides a truly immersive Tassie wine experience that provides the unique opportunity to meet with boutique wine makers, providing a glimpse into the region through the eyes and hearts of the artisans themselves. “

Tripadvisor review 19 May 2019