“The land the farmer rejects is the land that the vineyard accepts.”
You’ll be transported to old-world Italy at Raffaldini’s Tuscan-style stone and terra-cotta villa, which overlooks 42 acres of vineyards and distant mountains. Owner Jay Raffaldini, whose family hails from the Italian region of Mantua, purchased an abandoned Wilkes County farm in 2000 and planted grapes including the Montepulciano, Sangiovese, and Vermentino varieties. The winery employs the Italian process of appassimento, which involves drying harvested grapes, resulting in powerful, structured flavors. Sample a selection of seven wines in the tasting room, take a staff-led walking tour of the vineyard at 4 p.m., and check the online calendar for events ranging from European car shows to owner-led hikes through the woods of the 110-acre property. Plan on spending several hours here. Continue »
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