Born and raised in England, Thomas studied events management at Leeds University leading him to work at the Four Season in Florence, Italy. The experience was fantastic and Thomas was immersed in a world filled with fine dining, impeccable service, and, above all, fine wines. This accelerated his wine interests leading him to get his Sommelier qualifications and after three years at the Four Seasons and his new accreditation, he moved into a slightly different direction opening his own company specializing in creating unique experiences for fellow wine lovers.
Born of Tom’s experience and passion, Sommelier’s Choices offers day tours and weekend packages as well as both private and group tours. During the tours, Tom selects unique wineries off the beaten track for his guests to see what truly makes Italy so special. Sommelier’s Choices also features a wine club that is built from Tom’s personal exploration of Italy where he shares unique wines he has discovered. Through the online tastings accompanying the wine club, people share in not only the wines but the experience, building an incredible community that Tom is pleased to call friends.
What We Offer
Wine Tasting Experiences
We offer private wine tasting experiences where we will introduce you to the wine producers, tell you about the vineyard's history, show you the wine making process, and invite you to taste the delicious wines all while being accompanied by a sommelier.
Thomas de Vries offers advice on wines for special events from weddings to corporate functions. A wine tasting on selected wines can be given in advance of the event and we can work to suit your budget. Learn more about our wide selection in the store.
Become a member of our exclusive Italian Wine Club. Each month we put together a selection of excellent wines for our members. After delivery our members are invited to participate in a virtual wine tasting online together with a sommelier.
an amazing experience! Tom De Vries has the inside scoop on some of the best
local restaurants and fun facts about the area. We toured three totally
different wineries that were spectacular in their own right . The tour included
riding in a nice, cool, air conditioned mini van which proved very useful to carry cases of wine and olive oil back to our hotel. This is the best
way to experience the Italian countryside hands down. Tom has a wealth of
knowledge about the wines and the process - he will not disappoint you! Thanks