Laura Felluga has a world of experiences and hobbies that she’s picked up through travels and that she’s continued to cultivate while quarantining at home. Here, she shares some of these with Michelle Erland. Examples include phrases in foreign languages such as Chinese and Italian, as well as meditation techniques she picked up in India. Laura is impressed by the beauty and similarities among diverse cultures, in addition to the importance of finding concentration and balance to get through a busy day.
Laura Felluga is from the sixth generation of the Livio Felluga family. Livio’s granddaughter, her origins are firmly intertwined with grape vines. Nevertheless, Laura grew up to become the traveler of the family, dedicating her youth to exploring the world and the various facets of the wine industry. After studying in stunning Trieste, spending a few years in China, filling a marketing and sales internship in New York City, and gaining production experience both in Marlborough and Bordeaux, she returned to the family winery in 2018. Her latest achievements include her first Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Mysore, India. At the crossroads of the Italian, Slavic and Germanic worlds, the Friuli region is truly charming and unique. Laura is eager to share the love for her homeland and the long history that echoes in the hills of Rosazzo.
Michelle Erland is an Account Executive with Colangelo & Partners Public Relations in New York City and an Italian Wine Ambassador through the Vinitaly International Academy in Verona. From a hospitality background, her passion led her to wine and she completed an intensive sommelier program at the International Culinary Center (French Culinary Institute). In 2015, Michelle passed the Court of Master Certified Sommelier Exam. Throughout her wine studies, Italian wine always stood out as something she wanted to pursue. Michelle eventually joined Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina as the Beverage Director and General Manager. This opportunity allowed her to follow her passion as she relocated to Verona, Italy. Michelle has had the fortune to teach pasta and wine classes in both Italy and London. The pursuit of education has always been a driving force in Michelle’s hunger for all things wine, food and hospitality.