Susan Guerra was born and raised in northern New Jersey, in an Italian American family, just outside of New York City. Her paternal grandparents are from southern Italy. Her father’s first language was Italian and anyone who knows her will tell you she spent her whole life dreaming about someday living Italy. After studying graphic design, Susan met her husband and as they raised their three sons in Montclair New Jersey, she worked as a designer and ultimately a creative director. Like Giuliana, her work life became a bit of a mosaic that ultimately led her to study wine—another subject she was passionate about. After earning her advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, she took her first job in the wine business and also blogged about wine for New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
But the call of Italy was never far from her mind and after a decade in the wine trade an overseas opportunity led her and her husband to sell everything and take the chance to move to Perugia, the capital city of Umbria. Anxious to improve her Italian shortly after her arrival, Sue invited a neighbor to dinner, who asked if she could bring her cousin—none other than Giuliana! Naturally, a collaboration was born and Sue launched her company Via del Vino Tours—a marriage of her passions for Italy, food and wine. Susan speaks passable Italian, broken Spanish and exceptional English! She spends her free time obsessing about the uses of the subjunctive tense, exploring the lesser-known corners of Italy and skiing in the Alps!
Please note: Although every effort is made to adhere to the stated tour, itineraries are sometimes subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of The Language Center, Via del Vino, LLC and its service providers.