Italy has always been world renown for its wine-making capabilities, but soon wine lovers around the world will have a chance to get an inside look at some of the best wineries in the country. Debuting on Oct. 1st, Sip Trip, Italy will premiere on the SOMM TV streaming service, a network dedicated to all things wine, food, travel, and hospitality.
The show follows Sip Trip host and producer Jeff Porter, along with two companions, as he covers about 10,000 miles to explore 40 of Italy’s best wineries.
In a recent interview, Porter said, “The concept for Sip Trip is simple: I travel with Sommelier friends to Italy’s greatest wineries and wine regions, drink great wine, interview interesting people and explore the culture and history of Italy.”
Porter has a substantial background in wine, with his passion starting at the Central Market during his time at the University of Texas at Austin. Eventually, he moved to Napa Valley and began working as a sommelier, also known as a wine steward. Later he worked as the Beverages Operations Director for B&B Hospitality Group and recently partnered with pitmaster Billy Durney to create an all-natural wine program to hometown BBQ restaurants.
Sip Trip, Italy has been a passion project for Porter over the last three years. He explained the idea came about from a desire to understand the Italian people through their wine-making culture.
“SOMM TV is the leader in producing and distributing great content for wine lovers. There’s no better home for the Sip Trip series.”
Each episode will be about 20 minutes long and will be released weekly on the streaming platform, with 14 episodes in total. Only the first three episode descriptions are available currently, with the first two episodes taking place in Milan, Venice, Orvieto, Rome, San Benedetto del Tronto, and Naples. Other locations throughout the series will include Sicily and Alto Adige. Suffice to say, this series will have something for everyone.
SOMM TV founder Jason Wise said, “We know our audience and we believe they will connect with the show, experiencing Italy through Jeff’s wine knowledge, sense of adventure and infectious personality.”
Interested viewers can sign up for SOMM TV for a three-day free trial or join the streaming platform for $5.99 a month or $49.99 a year.
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