If you’ve visited Gracy’s in Valletta, you must have
encountered Tuva Villa, an extraordinary sommelier
whose passion for wine knows no bounds.
currently serving as the sommelier at Gracy’s Arts &
Supper Club, shared insights into her remarkable journey,
her selection process for the restaurant’s wine list, and her
vision for the future of the wine industry.
Tuva’s journey into the world of wine began during her
culinary studies at one of Norway’s oldest Wine Bars,
boasting a cellar dating back to the 1400s. Immersed in
the culinary wonders of wine tastings, she discovered an
insatiable curiosity that led her to pursue a career as a
Guided by two seasoned professionals, Tuva
embarked on a wine education journey at the tender age
of 19, ultimately earning her Sommelier Certificate as the
youngest ever in Norway at NSU.
When asked about the most crucial skills for a sommelier,
Tuva emphasized the importance of staying interested
and continuously acquiring knowledge. “The world of
wine is ever-evolving, necessitating a constant pursuit of
understanding and exploration.”
At Gracy’s Art & Supper Club, Tuva plays a pivotal role
in curating the restaurant’s wine selection. Reflecting her
personal preferences, the wine list showcases a profound
love for Champagne and Bordeaux.
balances these classic choices with the inclusion of grower
Champagnes and lesser-known, smaller wine producers,
ensuring an array of options for the discerning diner.
For Tuva, the essence of being a sommelier lies in the
art of pairing wines with food. She shared an exquisite
example from her recent experiences at Gracy’s, where
she paired a delightful dish created by Chef Tom Peters.
The course featured succulent duck served with a
beetroot puree and duck leg sausage.
the flavours in the dish, Tuva selected an Emilien from
Chateau Le Puy, a wine she holds in high regard. With
its enticing aromas of black cherry, cedar, tobacco, and
beetroot, the wine beautifully enhanced the earthy notes
of the dish.
Its juicy character, balanced acidity, and
lightness elevated the overall dining experience, creating
a harmonious interplay of flavours.
Looking ahead, Tuva expressed her hope for greater
diversity within the wine industry. “I envision a future that
embraces more strong and empowered women, ready to
revolutionize the restaurant scene and serve delectable
Tuva Villa’s story exemplifies the passion, dedication, and
artistry that define the sommelier profession. As the wine
industry continues to evolve, sommeliers like Tuva will play
a vital role in shaping its future, guiding us on delightful
journeys of appellation.