Tasting Room Hours and Wine Tours
Raffaldini Vineyards is open Wednesday thru Saturday, 11am–5pm; Sunday 12pm–5pm; and Monday, 11am–5pm. We are closed on Tuesdays. We are open on all holidays except for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Check our Events Calendar for additional information about our many special events throughout the year.
Wine tastings are $7 per person (plus tax) and include a taste of each of our wines currently available for purchase along with a commemorative wine glass. In order to comply with federal and local laws, please bring a photo ID which will verify that you are over 21 years old. We ID all customers.
Groups of ten or more may reserve a private tasting package that will be held with an expert Raffaldini staff member. Package prices start at $20 per person. Please call 336.835.9463 or email us to check availability or make reservations for your group.
Private Label Tours
Groups of ten or more may participate in Raffaldini Vineyards' Private Label Tour. This behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and vineyard takes you through the creation of a bottle of Raffaldini wine from start to finish. Please allot 1.5 hours for the Private Label Tour. The cost is $30 per person (plus tax) for the Private Label Tour. Private Label Tours with lunch on the piazza start at $45 per person (plus tax). Please call 336.526.1078 or email us to reserve.
Purchasing our Wines
Our wines, food products, events and merchandise are available on site at Villa Raffaldini and online at Shop Raffaldini. Our wines are available at select retailers in the state of North Carolina. Please contact us (or your favorite retailer) to find our wines in your area.
Walking tours of the vineyard are held Wednesdays through Sundays at 1pm and 4pm. Price for tours is $5 a person. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes and is guided by a staff member around the vineyard. While on the tour you will discuss the Raffaldini family history and learn about the viticulture and wine making techniques that make our wines unique. Please note that this tour does not go to the winery where we make our wines. Groups of ten or more may book a Private Label Tour (see above) in advance to see the winery, or check out our events calendar for one of our exclusive events throughout the year that are held in the winery, such as Afternoon with the Winemaker or Assemblaggio!
We offer a variety of gourmet Italian-style food items available in our tasting room's deli case. With advanced notice, we can accommodate larger groups with customizable food options. Please visit our food page or email us for more information.
Picnics are welcome at our designated picnic areas; however, outside picnics and coolers are not permitted at the Villa. Only alcohol purchased at Raffaldini may be consumed on the premises.
We celebrate our Italian festival every year on the third Saturday in September. The Italian festival draws Italians and lovers of Italy from all over the country and is a chance to enjoy the food, art, music, culture and, of course, wine of Italy.
Seasonal Wine Tasting Dinner
Hosted by Jay Raffaldini, the Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, pairing four seasonal courses with four specially-chosen wines to complement the food. Culinary and wine descriptions are given during the evening to enhance your enjoyment. This is an opportunity to share your food and wine passion with like-minded friends. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual with a focus on meeting new friends and enjoying la dolce vita.
Swan Creek AVA
Approved in May 2008, the Swan Creek AVA is North Carolina’s 2nd American Viticulture Area. The Swan Creek AVA encompasses 160-180 sq. miles in Wilkes, Yadkin and Iredell counties. Its proximity to the Brushy Mountains gives Swan Creek a distinct, loamy soil consisting of schist, mica and other minerals and lower than average rainfall and temperature levels making Swan Creek wines unique. There are five vineyards located within the Swan Creek AVA:
Several varietals of vinifera grapes are grown within the Swan Creek AVA, including many traditional and unique French and Italian varietals not widely available in the U.S.