Master of Wine, Jane Hunt will be attending next year’s 2012 International Wine Tourism Conference in Perugia, Italy. Jane will be speaking about travel and wine tourism as well as hosting the ‘Wines of Italy Grand Tasting’ on Monday January the 30th at 17.30. A select number of Italian wines will be chosen for the tasting, promising a great evening to try some of Italy’s finest as well as a chance to mingle with leading wine and travel figures from around the world.
During Jane’s speech at the conference she will be looking to concentrate on contrasting how tours are conducted from different countries, examining what works and what doesn’t. She is hoping to share her global knowledge of wine-travel and tourism from her experiences around the world to help both new and old world wine region representatives.
Jane comes from a 34 year-strong background in the UK wine trade. She began as an English-speaking Assistant to Cantine Lungarotti of the famed Umbrian wine family in 1974 when she was living in Perugia from 1973 – 1976. After returning to the UK in 1977, Jane continued working in the wine trade from giving guided tours at Harvey’s Wine Museum to tutoring sherry tasting’s. During this time, Jane studied her way through the Wine Spirits Education Trust examinations, acquiring a number of scholarships on the way.
Jane achieved the ultimate professional wine qualification in 1985 to be one of the 289 (2011) Master’s of Wine in the world. This was followed by 9 months of travel for Jane, who acquired a job for Australian Brown Brothers, working in their UK offices.
In 2001, she began ‘Hunt & Coady Ltd’, a company which organizes wine tasting’s and events – including the annual ‘Definitive Italian Wine Tasting’ and ‘France Under One Roof’ held in London. The company is a joint venture between herself and Tina Coady, they work together to cover assignments throughout Chile, Argentina, France, Italy and Slovenia.
Jane is a permanent fixture on the Tuscany Panel at the Decanter World Wine Awards as a Regional Chairman and is currently living in Perugia. The International Wine Tourism Conference 2012 promises to be a highlight of the year with ‘The Wines of Italy Grand Italian Wine Tasting’ being one of the most popular fixtures on the program.