The Florentine Filippo Bartolotta began to cultivate his passion for wine from an early age, when thanks to his Sicilian grandfather he began to learn about the fascinating world of wine production. Filippo’s journey as a professional sommelier begins with his first work at Vinopolis in London. His international journey continues with numerous collaborations, like on with Decanter magazine. In 1999 Filippo and his partner founded Le Baccanti Tours, one of Italy’s premier travel and event agencies, and in 2006 they created Mama Florence cooking school. In spring 2017, Filippo was asked to be the official sommelier for the Obama family’s tasting and dinner event during their trip to Tuscany. The event was a great success thanks to the pairing of the incredible menus by Massimo Bottura with the special Italian wines personally selected by Filippo.