cor•nu•co•pi•a (kôr´nə-kō´pē-ə, -nyə -) n. 1. A goat’s horn overflowing with fruit, flowers, and grains, signifying properity. 2. Gk. Myth. The horn of the goat that suckled Zeus, which broke off and became filled with fruit. 3. A cone-shaped ornament or receptacle. 4. An overflowing store; an abundance. [LLat. cornūcōpia < Lat. cornū cōpiae : cornū, horn; see CORNU + cōpiae, genitive of cōpia, plenty; see op-*.] -— cor´nu•co´pi•an adj.

We pride ourselves on wine programs and wine tasting vacations that offer the finest experiences in Italy's most renowned wine regions. Our guests say we are the finest wine cellar tour operator and give us high marks for professionalism and personal attention to their interests. Our Italian wine tours are customized for wine lovers of all levels--beginners, wine aficionados, and wine professionals. We're adept at accommodating your specific interests and individual travel schedules.

We make the people, art, customs, food and wine, beauty, and history of Tuscany come alive for our guests. Our guests discover delicious Italy. Unlike many other tour organizers, we are both wine-educated and based among the wineries in Tuscany. La Cornucopia Italia is owned by an American and located near the medieval town of Siena. We've chosen to live here and share our knowledge, experience, and lifelong passion for Italy and its viticulture, culinary, and cultural treasures. It's an intimate knowledge coming from years of living in Italy.

We personally know many local wine makers and their individual personalities, creativity, and philosophy. We enjoy a wide acquaintance with local wines and wineries, from the largest and best organized to smaller vineyards; from the region's oldest and most famous wines (Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Bolgheri) to lesser known but highly interesting cellars and vintages.

Great love for this land, its people, its history and, above all, its exquisite wine and cuisine, inspired our company's name: the Cornucopia or "horn of plenty." Like Italy, it is an image overflowing with abundant fruit, flowers, and grains. It's the archetypal symbol for the richness of our Mediterranean culture.

We strive to make Italian wine, cuisine, art, and the good company of others as enjoyable as possible while furthering your understanding of Italy and its wines in a cultural context. This often includes guided visits in museums and monuments, a famous hill town, "Made in Italy" atelier, cheese factory, distillery, olive press or a cooking class. Our focus and passion remains wine. We live in and know Italy intimately and are forever discovering its wines anew. Let us share our discoveries with you!

Steven Kronenberg grew up in California in a home filled with Italian art and literature, inheriting his father's passion for Italy at an early age. He has lived in Canada, the United States, and throughout Europe, returning to Italy in 1989 to study art history in Florence. He is fluent in Italian and French and has completed the professional course for sommeliers.

Elvira Angela Ackermann grew up in Hamburg, her names reflecting both German and Sicilian descent. Her knowledge of Italian and international wines stems from working in wine tourism, public relations, extensive travel, and study in Europe and abroad. She has professional certification as a sommelier (Diploma Professionale, Associazione Italiana Sommeliers, Terzo Livello). In addition to her native German and Italian, she is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Steven & Claire

Elvira & Filippo