who We Are



Neal Rosenthal - Founder

Neal Rosenthal is the co-founder of Rosenthal Wine Merchant (RWM), an importer and distributor of limited production, estate-bottled wines from Western Europe. This endeavor began in 1977 as a humble, one-man retail operation located in New York City — but very much outside the mainstream of the wine business.

Neal, having stepped away from his corporate and international law practice, conceived of this project and was joined shortly thereafter by his partner and wife, Kerry Madigan. The objective from the outset was to work as directly as possible with growers who were dedicated to producing limited quantities of the finest quality wines and who shared the RWM passion for “terroir”, that ephemeral “sense of place”.

Neal was born in New York City in 1945 and was educated at Rutgers, Columbia and New York Universities. He is the author of “Reflections of a Wine Merchant”, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2008. He was featured in the documentary film “Mondovino,” 2004.

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Victoria Anstead - Advisor - Special Projects

Victoria works with innovative thinkers, creators, and institutions in the arts, science, and technology curating exhibitions, producing films, writing and speaking, to craft narratives that connect people to the places they know — and to those they may never actually visit. Working with the world’s top architecture and urban design firms she advises on the art and cultural elements of master plans for new and reimagined places around the globe. For more than 20 years in her work as art advisor she has guided art collectors through the ever-changing landscape of modern and contemporary art.

Her collaborations include the Earth Institute/Columbia University, American Museum of Natural History, Center for Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

With Mad Rose Journeys, Victoria unlocks stories hidden in the places we'll travel: private collections and gardens, artisans’ and artists’ studios, secret parts of major museums — and marries these with the voices of scientists, historians, and cultural innovators. Victoria holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and previously worked in international investment banking.


Livio Colapinto - Tour leader, Italy & France Co-founder, Zest of Italy

Livio was born in Turin, Italy from Apulian roots and from an early age has had great passion for his mother and grandmothers' kitchens. He began cooking for the family at age 8 and has never stopped searching for the best foods. After engineering studies and ten years in finance in London, Zurich and Tokyo, Livio returned to his roots to study at Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences/Slow Food University and to work with its leader, Carlo Petrini.

Having founding Zest of Italy in 2009 with his wife Kathrin, he today is a private culinary guide and passionate chef. In his work with Mad Rose Journeys, he passionately and astutely shares his deep and broad knowledge of food and the artisans that grow and prepare it—educating, delighting and surprising all who travel with him.


Kathrin Fehérváry - Colapinto Tour Leader, Italy & France Co-founder, Zest of Italy

Kathrin grew up in a 200 year-old farmhouse in Styria, Austria on a small-scale biodynamic farm where her family has cultivated fruits and vegetables for the last 30 years. After studying tourism and management, she spent several years learning about travel and travellers by working on cruise ships. It was during later studies in business management in London that she rediscovered her love for food and wine —thanks to La Fromagerie, a local cheese shop.

After a few years spent learning the art and science of aging cheeses, she went on to earn another degree - this time at Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences/Slow Food University. This is where she met Livio and together they began Zest of Italy in 2009. For Mad Rose Journeys, Kathrin adds a voice and view of regional food and her deep personal connections to those who turn the land into riches that delight all the senses.

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Simone was born and lives in Ivrea, a lively Italian city surrounded by the Alps in the northwest region of Piedmont. A fourth generation jeweler, he grew up with a strong connection to community and place. His greatest passions are running, music, and travel and he now works to combine the three by organizing and leading those equally passionate to explore these activities in Europe and the US. For Mad Rose Journeys, Simone activates the travel experiences though his life-long local knowledge and his zest for exploration and physical activity. Bring comfortable running shoes!