A brief introduction
MacNay Travel & Wine is a family-run travel company based between Piemonte in Italy and East Sussex in the UK. Cinzia is Italian and lived in the UK for seventeen years, while James is dual national British-Italian.
Between us we possess a wealth of experience in Italian travel and Italian food and wine. James is IWS (Italian Wine Scholar) and WSET Level 3 qualified, while Cinzia is a cheese expert and legendary cook who first qualified in Forestry and Environmental Science.
Since 2010 we have owned Cuculo, the famous specialist cheese and Italian wine shop in Sussex. Before that, we were walking and cycling tour guides in Tuscany, Umbria and Liguria – which is how we first met. In fact, Cinzia continued her work managing walking groups in Italy alongside her shop duties.
We are both fluent Italian, English and French speakers… and living in Piemonte, a little bit of local dialect sneaks in now and then, too…