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The red wine you've been waiting for, 2014 Grande Riserva, now available for purchasegrr
Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the utmost and very best efforts of all that we do from the vineyard to the winery. In making this limited quantity wine, we used the finest and oldest Montepulciano, Petit Verdot and Sagrantino grapes, harvested at optimal ripeness and then triple sorted to create a decadent, powerful wine with a focused expression of Raffaldini Vineyards. We applied the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grapes' natural flavors and aromas. Finally, we placed the grapes in oak fermenters to further deepen the profile and age the wine in the best oak barrels available.

Less than 75 cases of this wine are available at $55 per bottle. Purchase limits are one case per person for wine club members and six bottles per person for the general public.

Purchase 2014 Grande Riserva


 


FEBRUARY EVENTS
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Sales of Raffaldini Vineyards' Pino Vino I - VIII helped benefit all animals in need through donations to local animal rescue agencies. If you have a rescue dog that you would like to be considered for the Pino Vino IX label, send us a photo and back story in 50 words or less between February 1-April 25. An independent panel of judges will narrow down the entries and then vote on a winner. The winning dog will then go on to represent all animals in need as the new Pino Vino ambassador featured on the label of our Pino Vino IX red wine.

Click here to see the Pino Vino rescue kennel of champions.

The winner will be revealed on the labels of Pino Vino IX at a grand unveiling ceremony on June 17, 2017. Make plans now to send us your living rescue dog photo through April 25. 
 

afternoon-with-the-winemakeAfternoon with the Winemaker
Saturday, February 4 | Sessions held at: 1pm & 3pm | $20 General Admission, $15 Wine Club, per person includes a glass of Raffaldini wine

Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini and Assistant Winemaker Katy Kidd welcome you as they guide a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery from harvest to bottle. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to tour the winery at Raffaldini Vineyards as we prepare to bottle our most popular new releases. You will learn how we craft our award-winning wines, as well as go step-by-step through the winemaking process. $20 per person or $15 per person for Wine Club Members includes a glass of wine of your choice. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation. *Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior to the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.

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Afternoon with the Winemaker - 1pm General Admission
Afternoon with the Winemaker - 1pm Wine Club

Afternoon with the Winemaker - 3pm General Admission
Afternoon with the Winemaker - 3pm Wine Club

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For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine!
Saturday, February 11 | 12pm-5pm | Sunday, February 12 | 1pm-5pm| Free Admission

Raffaldini Vineyards and the Vineyards of Swan Creek celebrate Valentine's Day as each vineyard pairs one of their wines with a Valentine's Day sweet! At Raffaldini Vineyards, enjoy a complimentary sample of our famous Sangiovese-wine infused chocolate brownie paired with a tasting of an award-winning Raffaldini wine. A delicious way to start off your romantic weekend! This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information.


 
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Amore! The Language of Love
Sunday, February 12 |  1pm & 3pm | Free Admission, RSVPs Requested

Please visit Raffaldini Vineyards for this year's Amore workshop. Nada's Italy Tours of Charlotte, NC will introduce us to the Italian culture and essential tips on Italian customs that you need to know when traveling to Italy. Each workshop will be a one-hour session held on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini at 1pm and 3pm. Admission is free, but please RSVP as space is limited. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

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827539-250Sat. Feb 18 - NC Fine Wines Competition Gala Dinner | Millenium Center Winston-Salem, NC | Click for Tickets
The unveiling of the North Carolina Fine Wines competition winners is only one portion of this celebration of North Carolina Fine Wines.  This will be an event to remember with fine wines and a six course dinner paired with outstanding wines from across the state. Wineries and wine lovers will learn the top 12 wines which will make up the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case. We're partnering with both the The Kimpton Hotel and The Graylyn Estate, both unique hotels in Winston-Salem. The boutique Kimpton Hotel is a block away from the Millennium Center, while The Graylyn Estate is an historic residence only 3 miles from downtown. Book your room online here with the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel or call the The Graylyn Estate (800) 472-9596 and mention the North Carolina Fine Wines Society Room Rate for February 17th & 18th, 2017.  


 
31732050601_c2ff55c310_bBarrel Tasting with the Winemaker
Saturday, February 25 |  1pm - 3pm | $25 per person

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to sample wines from our cellar straight out of the barel with Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini. This intimate, wine-focused event is limited to the first 36 Wine Club Members to RSVP. Be among the first to sample our exciting new vintages! Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

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weddingsmast4NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Umstead Hotel and Spa | Cary, NC
Tuesday, February 28


In January 2017, a panel of seven Advanced Sommeliers and one Master of Wine will have judged over 125 wines from vineyards in North Carolina. The top 12 wines from this competition make up the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case.

Join us at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on Tuesday February 28th from 5:30 - 7:30 to taste the best wines accompanied by succulent hors d'oeuvres. The winning vineyards will be there pouring you their award winning wines as well as sharing their story of what makes their wines so great.

This is a great educational opportunity for wine lovers to increase their knowledge of the quality of North Carolina wines and interact directly with the owners and winemakers that made them. What better way to spend a Tuesday night in February than sharing a Fine Wine in such a great location. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Optionally, the Umstead Hotel & Spa would love for you to continue your evening in their restaurant and spend the night in their Forbes 5 Star-rated hotel.

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Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend
Friday, March 3, Saturday, March 4,  Sunday, March 5 | 12pm-4pm | TR Hours: Fri. & Sat. 11am-5pm - Sun. 12pm-5pm

Don't miss the first opportunity to pick up your all-new Spring Wine Club package! Enjoy a complimentary food and wine tasting featuring one of the new Wine Club releases paired with a recipe from your wine club Package. On Saturday, join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for unique look into this new vintage at one of our 30 minute personal discussion at 1pm and 3pm. Exclusive wine club tastings and pairings will be held from 12pm-4pm on all three days. Tasting room hours are: Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm; and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information on how to sign up for the wine club.

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In the Community:

Raffaldini Wines Served at the Heart of the Community Truffle Dinner to Benefit The Children's Law Center of Central NC
Thursday, February 9 | 6pm-10pm

Raffaldini Vineyards will provide wines for a one-of-a kind dinner featuring locally-grown truffles. Sample our wines along with delicious dishes prepared by local favorites Chef Harrison Littel of The Honey Pot and Five Loaves Catering with Chef Richard Miller bringing you the best in truffle dishes and wines along with live music all for a great cause, The Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina.

Mark Your Calendars!

Sat. Mar 11 - Special Collaboration wine release featuring Raffaldini Vineyards and JOLO Winery
Tue. Mar 14 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Duke Mansion | Charlotte, NC
Sat. Mar 18 - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker Wine Club Only
Tue. Mar 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Omni Grove Park Inn | Charlotte, NC

 

Raffaldini Vineyards is open year-round and there’s something for everyone on our full 2017 Events Calendar
 
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La Famiglia Raffaldini

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC

Double Gold Medal 95 pts. 2012 Montepulciano Riserva | 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition

450 Groce Rd

Ronda, NC 28670

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fax. 336.835.9330

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Hours: Weekdays & Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm, Tuesday: closed

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Please have photo ID available to present to our staff. Pets are not permitted on the premises. 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. To insure the highest quality experience for all our visitors, we are unable to accommodate groups of eight or more for wine tasting without a reservation. Groups of eight or more need to reserve a private tasting package that will be held with an expert Raffaldini staff member. Please call 336.526.1078 or email us to check availability or make reservations for you group.

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June 14, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini Vineyards Releases Rescue Dog Red Wine Saturday; Honors Dr. Ruth Gillis

Ronda, N.C., (June 14, 2018)—Saturday, June 16th, Raffaldini Vineyards will release and Pino Vino X, a limited-edition red wine featuring the Raffaldini family rescue dogs with proceeds benefitting local animal shelters. 

“The enthusiasm and support for this competition demonstrates the love we all share for our rescue animals,” said Raffaldini Vineyards owner, Jay Raffaldini. “We hope this competition will continue to raise awareness of the need for and importance of animal rescue.”

For the last decade, Raffaldini Vineyards has supported local animal rescue organizations by donating proceeds from the sale of each Pino Vino wine release. The first label featured Pino, who Jay and Maureen Raffaldini rescued from a kill shelter when she was 1 ½ years old. On this 10th year, Raffaldini will unveil the labels of Pino Vino X that will feature puppy photos of the newest members of the Raffaldini family, Dolce and Nero. Pino Vino X sells for $20 per bottle.

On Saturday, guests can meet the Raffaldini family, rescue dogs Dolce and Nero, as well as taste and purchase bottles of Pino Vino X while supplies last. Raffaldini Vineyards will also honor Dr. Ruth Gillis, Vet and Owner of Forsyth Veterinary Hospital, who has been immersed in the Triad animal welfare and rescue community for more than 17 years. Adoptable pets from Ashe Humane Society, Surry Animal Rescue and the Humane Society of Davie County will be in attendance.  

About Dr. Gillis

Dr. Gillis earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science degree from Tuskegee University. In 1985, she began practicing small animal medicine in upstate New York and moved to Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2001. Dr. Gillis purchased Forsyth Veterinary Hospital in 2005.

About Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini Vineyards is a family-owned winery and vineyard nestled in the Yadkin Valley Region of North Carolina. They specialize in Italian-style blends and varietals which have earned them the reputation of ‘Chianti in the Carolinas.’ For more information, please visit their website at www.raffaldini.com, or contact their tasting room at 336.835.9463.

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For More Info, contact:

Thomas Salley
Tasting Room Manager & Media Relations

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC
450 Groce Road
Ronda, NC 28670

(d) 336.835.1547 (direct)

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Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm


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June 13, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

New Rescue Dog Red Wine, Father's Day Brunch This Weekend

This Saturday, Pino Vino X Release!

Please join us on June 16, 2018 from 12pm-3pm for a fun filled family afternoon when we release Pino Vino X. Join owners Jay Raffaldini, his wife, Maureen, and his sister, Barbara and show your support for the furry friends in your life by attending this special release from 12pm-3pm. At 1pm, Raffaldini Vineyard will honor the work of Dr. Ruth Gillis of Forsyth Veterinary Hospital for her many years of volunteerism in the animal rescue community, and unveil the new Pino Vino X and ambassadors, Dolce and Nero. Gianno's Brick oven pizza will be on site serving up your favorite pizza pies to pair with Raffaldini wine. You can even pet, love, and adopt your very own rescue animal from Ashe Humane Society, Humane Society of Davie County, and Surry Animal Rescue who will bring a furry friends to Raffaldini! 
 
For the last decade Raffaldini Vineyards has officially supported local animal rescue organizations by donating proceeds from the sale of each of its Pino Vino wine releases. The first label featured Pinot, who Jay and Maureen Raffaldini rescued from a kill shelter when she was 1 ½ years old. On this 10th year we are pleased to unveil the labels of Pino Vino X that will feature puppy photos of the newest members of the Raffaldini family, Dolce and Nero.
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  Sunday, June 17 - Father's Day Brunch

(!Few Tickets Remain)



Celebrate tuo padre with a brunch at Raffaldini Vineyards! Enjoy a brunch buffet overlooking the mountains. Bring the entire family and your
camera for a one-of-a-kind photograph opportunity. $50 plus tax per person

Menu
Andouille Breakfast Potatoes
Waffle Bar
Deviled Eggs
Broccoli Salad
Brats with Peppers and Onions
Assorted Breakfast Breads and Pastries
Juice and Tea

Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation. 

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Live Music Dates

Samuel Taylor
Sunday, June 17


Food Truck Dates

Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Saturday, June 16
Sunday, June 17

 
 
 
 
Looking for the perfect venue for your upcoming event? Raffaldini Vineyards is currently booking for the 2018 season.

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Our mailing address is:
450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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May 31, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini June Newsletter

The Dog Days of Summer are Here! 

Please join us on June 16, 2018 for a fun filled family afternoon when we release Pino Vino X. Join owners Jay Raffaldini, his wife, Maureen, and his sister, Barbara, meet Dolce and Nero, and show your support for the furry friends in your life by attending this special release. Gianno's Brick oven pizza will be on site serving up your favorite pizza pies to pair with Raffaldini wine.
 

For the last decade Raffaldini Vineyards has officially supported local animal rescue organizations by donating proceeds from the sale of each of its Pino Vino wine releases. The first label featured Pinot, who Jay and Maureen Raffaldini rescued from a kill shelter when she was 1 ½ years old. On this 10th year we are pleased to unveil the labels of Pino Vino X that will feature puppy photos of the newest members of the Raffaldini family, Dolce and Nero.
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Beyond The Vines...Into the Community


Raffaldini Vineyards is a proud sponsor of the Yadkin River Greenway

This Greenway is a natural area between urban communities where wildlife, vegetation, and streams are preserved and enjoyed. Greenways also provide transportation, recreation, and exercise opportunities for the community. The Yadkin River Greenway's mission is to enhance the quality of life by ensuring the creation of a riverside greenway that connects the major institutions and neighborhoods of our community. The Greenway is hosting a charity golf tournament at Oakwoods Country Club, Thursday, June 28. 

Learn more at yadkinrivergreenway.com




Raffaldini Vineyards Sponsors AARF Party 4 Paws Carnival 


AARF aids homeless and helpless cats and dogs in the greater Winston-Salem area; providing rescue and adoption services, information, and education while encouraging the human/animal bond. AARF is governed by a volunteer board of directors, who are supported by dozens of volunteers who work endlessly to implement the mission of the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation. AARF is hosting a Party 4 Paws Carnival Saturday, June 9th featuring Raffaldini wine, live music, food, and much more. 

Learn more at aarfanimals.org
 
 
Sunday, June 3 - An Afternoon in Tuscany
Five Seats Remaining! 

This is the next best thing to a trip to Tuscany! Dine al fresco family-style among the vines while serenaded by soprano Irene King, singing some of her favorite Italian songs. 
 
Menu
Panzanella Salad
marinated tomato, crusty bread, red onion, fresh herbs, Tuscan herb EVOO, 18yr Balsamic
 
Grilled Asparagus
served cold with toasted almonds, citrus gremolata, extra virgin olive oil
 
Grilled Breast of Chicken
artichoke salad, sun dried tomato, capers, fresh herbs
 
Zucchini-Bean Salad
summer vegetables, tomato, cannellini beans, fresh herbs
 
Torta Della Nonna
lemon-ricotta pastry cream, pine nuts, flaky pastry
 
Fresh Strawberries
18yr Balsamic, fresh basil, whipped mascarpone


 
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Sunday, June 17 - Father's Day Brunch

Celebrate tuo padre with a brunch at Raffaldini Vineyards! Enjoy a brunch buffet overlooking the mountains. Bring the entire family and your camera for a one-of-a-kind photograph opportunity. $50 plus tax per person.

Menu
Andouille Breakfast Potatoes
Waffle Bar
Deviled Eggs
Broccoli Salad
Brats with Peppers and Onions
Assorted Breakfast Breads and Pastries
Juice and Tea

Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.


 
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Meet our Vineyard Manager, Jason

My name is Jason Krug, and I am the Vineyard Manager at Raffaldini. I am very excited to be working the vines on these rolling green hills. I grew up in a small mining town called Clarkdale just outside the majestic town of Sedona, Arizona. I have always been drawn to working outside and playing in nature so the life of a farmer has naturally suited me. Before I found myself planted in North Carolina I was managing a 20 acre vineyard called Page Springs Cellars. Arizona, much like North Carolina, is building itself to be an up coming wine region. When I am not caring for the vines you can find me out in the forest hiking, climbing and camping.  

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Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 4 - Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, July 15 - Euro Car Show
Friday, August 3-Sunday, August 5 - Fall Wine Club Pickup Weekend

Saturday, August 11 - Four Seasons Summer Wine Tasting Dinner

And Many More! 

 
Live Music Dates

Justin Nelson, Live Piano
Sunday, June 10
Sunday, July 8

Samuel Taylor
Sunday, June 17


Colin Allured, Acoustic Guitar
Sunday, June 24

Shelley Ruffin + Soul Revival, Acoustic Blues/Soul
Wednesday, July 4


Food Truck Dates

Bottles and Boards
Saturday, June 2


Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Saturday, June 9
Sunday, June 10
Saturday, June 16
Sunday, June 17


Presto! Food Truck
Saturday, June 23
 
 
 
 
Looking for the perfect venue for your upcoming event? Raffaldini Vineyards is currently booking for the 2018 season.

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Our mailing address is:
450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: May 31, 2018 at 11:46 AM
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May 31, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Meet Our Vineyard Manager, Jason

Hello! My name is Jason Krug and I am the Vineyard Manager at Raffaldini. I am very excited to be working the vines on these rolling green hills. I grew up in a small mining town called Clarkdale just outside the majestic town of Sedona, Arizona. I have always been drawn to working outside and playing in nature so the life of a farmer has naturally suited me. Before I found myself planted in North Carolina I was managing a 20 acre vineyard called Page Springs Cellars. Arizona, much like North Carolina, is building itself to be an up coming wine region. When I am not caring for the vines you can find me out in the forest hiking, climbing and camping.  

The best part of vineyard management is shaping the vines as the season grows. We do many tasks here to ensure the grapes reach their fullest potential before making it to the cellar and one of the biggest and most important tasks in every season is shoot thinning. Currently we are shoot thinning all 42 acres of vines. The process involves every vine to be evaluated and shaped to both provide good fruit baring shoots for this season and new replacement canes for the following growing cycle.  Every vine, every year will put out more growth than needed. If the growth is left we will have too dense of a canopy leading to disease, high humidity inside the canopy, over shading of fruit and poor fruit quality. It is our job to remove excess growth within the canopy and from the trunk of the vine to allow good air flow, adequate light penetration and proper amount of fruit set on the vine.  This is done by plucking off the excess and leaving the chosen shoots. The goal is around 4 to 5 shoots per linear foot of growth and about a hands width length between each vertical shoot position.  Considerations must be kept allowing for certain shoots for retraining the vine for future years and keeping in mind that each block and variety is different on how much fruit is set and how many shoots are acceptable to maintain. This is just one of the many tasks to shape the vines in a season.  But many more tasks will shape the vines and vineyards to fill those wine glasses full. Cheers and I hope to see you around. Look for me in the vines!

Time Posted: May 31, 2018 at 9:15 AM
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May 17, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Summer is Right Around the Corner

Jay Raffaldini Featured in This Month's BB&T Perspectives Magazine
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Beyond The Vines...Into the Community
Raffaldini Vineyards is proud of its continued support of the musical performing arts.




Raffaldini, the proud wine sponsor of Piedmont Opera, congratulates Piedmont Opera on its merger with the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus

The merging of these two historic organizations brings together institutions that have shared a common mission for over six decades. This shared mission will now become a common foundation to help both organizations reach an expanded audience while both continue to deliver excellence in their areas of expertise.

Learn more at Piedmontopera.org






WDAV Celebrates 40 Years 

WDAV builds a community focused on classical music. They do this by providing easy access to the art form, as well as opportunities for exploration and discovery. This year we are proud to join WDAV in celebrating a milestone, 40 years on air. Raffaldini Vineyards hosts the WDAV 'Sparks Society' each year and also donates wine to various WDAV initiatives and fundraisers. We have some exciting plans with WDAV to celebrate this year's special anniversary. So stay tuned! 


Learn more at WDAV.org


 
 
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Celebration

Celebrate the official start to Summer with a day of fun and relaxation among the vines. Enjoy live music from acoustic guitarist Colin Allured. Savor the best Italian street fare west of the Mediterranean from Presto! food truck. Military personnel will receive a complimentary wine tasting or glass of wine. 

 
Sunday, June 3 - An Afternoon in Tuscany

This is the next best thing to a trip to Tuscany! Dine al fresco family-style among the vines while serenaded by soprano Irene King, singing some of her favorite Italian songs. 
 
Menu
Panzanella Salad
marinated tomato, crusty bread, red onion, fresh herbs, Tuscan herb EVOO, 18yr Balsamic
 
Grilled Asparagus
served cold with toasted almonds, citrus gremolata, extra virgin olive oil
 
Grilled Breast of Chicken
artichoke salad, sun dried tomato, capers, fresh herbs
 
Zucchini-Bean Salad
summer vegetables, tomato, cannellini beans, fresh herbs
 
Torta Della Nonna
lemon-ricotta pastry cream, pine nuts, flaky pastry
 
Fresh Strawberries
18yr Balsamic, fresh basil, whipped mascarpone


 
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Saturday, June 16 - Pino Vino X Release

For the last decade Raffaldini Vineyards has officially supported local animal rescue organizations by donating proceeds from the sale of each of its Pino Vino wine releases. The first label featured Pinot, who Jay and Maureen Raffaldini rescued from a kill shelter when she was 1 ½ years old. Over the following eight years the photos of different rescued pets have graced our labels. This month we feature Pino Vino IV and Jake, a Boxer mix from Charlotte, NC. 

Jake and the hundreds of submissions we received had a moving story and illustrated the love and dedication so many of you have for helping abandoned and abused animals. We thank you for your continued support and have been honored to host these yearly releases. On this 10th year we will once again feature a dog rescued by the Raffaldini family on the label of Pino Vino X. Pino Vino X will also be present for lots of pets and kisses.    

Please join us on June 16, 2018 for a fun filled family afternoon when we release Pino Vino X. 
 
Sunday, June 17 - Father's Day Brunch

Celebrate tuo padre with a brunch at Raffaldini Vineyards! Enjoy a brunch buffet overlooking the mountains. Bring the entire family and your camera for a one-of-a-kind photograph opportunity. $50 plus tax per person.

Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.


 
Buy Now
 
Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 4 - Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, July 15 - Euro Car Show

Saturday, August 11 - Four Seasons Summer Wine Tasting Dinner

And Many More! 

 
Food Truck and Music Dates

Samuel Taylor
Sunday, May 27

Colin Allured, Acoustic Guitar
Memorial Day Monday, May 28

Shelley Ruffin + Soul Revival, Acoustic Blues/Soul
Sunday, May 20


Snack Wagon
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, May 20


Bottles and Boards
Saturday, May 26


Presto! Food Truck
Memorial Day Monday, May 28


Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Saturday, June 9
Sunday, June 10
Saturday, June 16
Sunday, June 17

 
 
 
 
Looking for the perfect venue for your upcoming event? Raffaldini Vineyards is currently booking for the 2018 season.

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Our mailing address is:
450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: May 17, 2018 at 8:55 AM
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May 9, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Jay Raffaldini Featured in This Month's BB&T Perspectives Magazine

By Olan Beam, Photography By John Walsh

bbt-perspectives-Jay-Raffaldini-portrait 2018 issue IWhen you meet Jay Raffaldini, it doesn’t take long to recognize he’s passionate about what he believes in — his business, community and the North Carolina wine industry. He brings the same energy and enthusiasm to each. Why wouldn’t he? He believes they’re all linked.

Chances are, when you first encounter Raffaldini, he’ll have a glass of wine in his hand, and he’ll explain how he ended up in North Carolina.

In January 2000 on his 40th birthday, Raffaldini brought his interest in winemaking for personal use to North Carolina. “My family has a history of winemaking in Italy,” Raffaldini explained. “I wanted to find a place where I could bring that family heritage to the U.S. It was part of my retirement plan – be the gentleman wine-maker.”

As he does with everything, Raffaldini did his due diligence. He found the Yadkin River Valley in North Carolina was one of the best locations in the country to establish vineyards for grapes that could produce fine Italian-style wines. Raffaldini found his ideal spot in the Swan Creek area of the Yadkin Valley and started with 12 acres.

Wine and Wall Street

bbt-perspectives-raffaldini-winery-logo 2018 issue IAt first, Raffaldini planned for his winemaking venture to be small, catering to family, friends and local wine enthusiasts. After all, he had his hands full with a successful career on Wall Street, having led several investment firms since the late 1980s. But, his personality and philosophy led him to focus on making this venture the best – even if that meant changing his plan.

“I believe once you commit to something, you should be all in,” Raffaldini said. “The same approach I took to making my firms successful on Wall Street, I applied to Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery: focus, passion and the willingness to risk it all. You have to be willing to risk it all to be great. I’ve seen it throughout my career. I’m glad to say it has transformed Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery to be a much larger enterprise than I had imagined. But, it looks like I can’t really describe it as my retirement any more!”

Raffaldini comes from a family that has been willing to risk it all. His father, Lino Raffaldini, immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1952, where he met and married Theresa Di Renzo, a first generation Italian-American. Raffaldini’s father came to the United States with just the drive to succeed and desire to capture the American dream, which he did. He became the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of a New York Stock Exchange company, the first Italian born to do so.

“My father taught me so much about how to live and succeed,” Raffaldini said. “Have passion for what you do. Respect those who give 100 percent to their jobs and do them well – no matter their job. Have the courage to take risks. Support the family and the community. In fact, it’s my father’s signature you see on each bottle of Raffaldini wine. He epitomized the Raffaldini family motto: Audentes Fortuna Iuvat, or ‘Fortune Favors the Daring.’”

Well, it’s clear the grape doesn’t fall far from the vine, as Raffaldini has expanded his investment into Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery several-fold since the early 2000s. “As my father knew, you can’t succeed without taking risks,” he said. “I took a risk investing in a vineyard, but it didn’t stop there. I’ve yanked out the vines three times over the years. We had the wrong grapes, and then we had the wrong clone of the grapes. No matter the issue, I’m committed to making sure it’s right. I embrace the risk because opportunity comes from risk. Same as on Wall Street – no risk, no reward.”

And, as you might expect, Raffaldini’s thriving winery now produces approximately 80,000 bottles a year from the vineyard of more than 40 acres and his wine was presented by the White House as a presidential gift to the president of Italy on his birthday in 2008. The 2011 Raffaldini Sangiovese earned a 90 rating/Editor’s Choice by Wine Enthusiast. But Raffaldini believes his vineyard’s success is just the beginning. North Carolina, the Yadkinville River region and the vineyards and wineries that surround Raffaldini in the Swan Creek area are part of his plan for expansion.

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The Whole is Greater Than the Parts

I came to North Carolina to start the vineyard because this state has a history of growing fine wine grapes,” Raffaldini said. “I bet you’d be surprised to learn North Carolina made more wine than California before Prohibition. But Prohibition and the growth of tobacco farming in North Carolina displaced the vineyards. As tobacco has diminished, the wine business has experienced a renaissance, and I believe the growth will be exponential. According to the state of North Carolina, in 2005 there were 55 wineries here – now there are 186. But the percentage of North Carolina wines produced and consumed is still a tiny fraction.”

Reflecting on his belief that what is good for his community fuels success, Raffaldini enthusiastically supports new wineries – especially those nearby. “For North Carolina in general, and the Yadkin River Valley area more specifically, to capture our growth potential, we have to build enough industry presence to support infrastructure, like local wine education programs to produce local employees, and secondary businesses, like restaurants and hotels,” Raffaldini explained. “I want us to be a destination for wine enthusiasts as well as novices. So, yes, I view new wineries and vineyards focused on fine wines as a real benefit for us and the area.”

North Carolina Wines Are Fine

So, how does Raffaldini expect to build a following and cultivate his business as well as that of the region? “We’re focused on fine wines,” he said. “Raffaldini specifically produces Italian-style fine wines, using Appassimento, our traditional method of drying grapes and fermentation. The process produces full-bodied whites and big, structured reds. That’s the product our brand stands for, and we’ll be relentless in producing the best version of these wines. That’s another lesson I learned over the years about being the best – you must be relentless, driven.”

The commitment to fine wines in North Carolina is increasing rapidly, and Raffaldini shares the optimism and expectation for exceptional progress with an expanding list of vineyards. In fact, that shared passion and drive brought together fine wine vineyards to create a new organization, the North Carolina Fine Wines Society. The organization introduces North Carolina fine wines to communities throughout the state and is committed to improving the North Carolina fine wine brand.

Planning For the Future

Raffaldini believes in planning, but he also believes you have to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. “I believe we have a tremendous opportunity to make Raffaldini Vineyards and North Carolina fine wines a huge success,” he said. “We’re on the cusp of explosive growth. We’ve worked hard to make the progress we have, and we’ve gained a great deal of momentum. Yet, I also believe you can’t know exactly what the future holds, so you have to look out for and take advantage of what unfolds. That’s a lesson for folks in any business: You need focus, passion, commitment and courage – but don’t forget to be a jellyfish!”

Jellyfish or not, it’s hard to beat a future that includes sitting at the Raffaldini villa, looking out over the 180-degree view of the North Carolina mountains with a just-opened bottle of Raffaldini Grande Riserva. Likely as not, Jay Raffaldini will gladly join you, explain why the label features a bumblebee and tell you: “Follow your heart, take the risk and enjoy the journey!

 

 

 

Time Posted: May 9, 2018 at 12:27 PM
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May 2, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini May Newsletter

Raffaldini Winemakers Attend Mid-Atlantic Summit

Last week our Winemakers, Katy Kidd and Matheson Worrell, represented North Carolina at the second annual Mid-Atlantic Wine Summit at Big Cork Vineyards in Maryland. This invitation-only symposium pulled together like-minded winemakers from thirteen of the top wine producers across the region to share their best wines, trade notes and ask questions in an open forum. A large media presence ranging from bloggers, magazine editors, food and wine authors, the Washington post, and wine critic James Suckling, were represented.
 
Katy and Mat presented two wines, Liguria and Sangiovese, to their peers. Each wine showed very well that day and the other winemakers and members of the media were delighted with what we are able accomplish at Raffaldini and in North Carolina given our challenging growing conditions.
 
We were honored to be invited to this event and in the company of prestigious winemakers. We look forward to hosting events like this in the future.

 
 

 
Saturday, May 5 - Sagra Delle Salsicce, Grilled Sausage Luncheon

Enjoy a traditional Italian-style afternoon of food and wine as we grill salsicce (sausages), drink wine at the winery. This event is hosted by Owner Jay Raffaldini and is sure to be a relaxed and enjoyable Saturday afternoon. Ticket price is $50 plus tax per person and includes admission to event, grilled traditional Italian sausage lunch, with grilled peppers and onions and assorted sides such as Italian pasta salad, Italian potato salad, green salad, tiramisu, and Raffaldini wines.

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Sunday, May 13 - Mamma Mia! Mother's Day at Raffaldini Vineyards

Celebrate La Tua Madre with a delightful afternoon overlooking the mountains and vineyards at Raffaldini Vineyards. Bring mamma to our Villa tasting room from 12pm-5pm for a relaxing day out in beautiful wine country.

 
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Celebration

Celebrate the official start to Summer with a day of fun and relaxation among the vines. Enjoy live music from acoustic guitarist Colin Allured. Savor the best Italian street fare west of the Mediterranean from Presto! food truck. Military personnel with valid military ID will receive a complimentary wine tasting or glass of wine. 

 
Sunday, June 3 - An Afternoon in Tuscany

This is the next best thing to a trip to Tuscany! Dine al fresco family-style among the vines while serenaded by soprano Irene King, singing some of her favorite Italian songs. 
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Sunday, June 16 - Pino Vino X Release

For the last decade Raffaldini Vineyards has officially supported local animal rescue organizations by donating proceeds from the sale of each of its Pino Vino wine releases. The first label featured Pinot, who Jay and Maureen Raffaldini rescued from a kill shelter when she was 1 ½ years old. Over the following eight years the photos of different rescued pets have graced our labels. This month we feature Pino Vino III and Chloe, a rough-coat Jack Russell Terrier from State Road, NC.

Chloe and the hundreds of submissions we received had a moving story and illustrated the love and dedication so many of you have for helping abandoned and abused animals. We thank you for your continued support and have been honored to host these yearly releases. On this 10th year we will once again feature a dog rescued by the Raffaldini family on the label of Pino Vino X. Pino Vino X will also be present for lots of pets and kisses.    

Please join us on June 16, 2018 for a fun filled family afternoon when we release Pino Vino X. 
 
Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 16 - Pino Vino X Release
Sunday, June 17 - Father's Day Brunch 
Wednesday, July 4 - Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, August 11 - Four Seasons Summer Wine Tasting Dinner


And Many More! 

 
Food Truck and Music Dates

Justin Nelson, Piano
Sunday, May 6


Samuel Taylor
Sunday, May 13
Sunday, May 27

Colin Allured, Acoustic Guitar
Memorial Day Monday, May 28



Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Sunday, May 6


Bottles and Boards
Saturday, May 12
Saturday, May 26


Snack Wagon
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, May 20

Presto! Food Truck
Memorial Day Monday, May 28

 
 
Beyond The Vines...Into the Community



Raffaldini Vineyards Official Wine Sponsor of Greensboro History Museum "Celebrating Typewriters"

The Greensboro History Museum has an incredible cocktail party on May 11th celebrating typewriters from famous writers such as Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway, Tom Hanks and more. Enjoy hot jazz and cool cocktails. Play with a selection of vintage typewriters. Mingle among the tools of legendary writers. Support type-WRITE and other innovative programs at the museum.

Friday, May 11, 2018
6pm-7:30pm
Please call 336.373.2043 or click here for more information.


With more than 17,000 square feet of stories, the Greensboro History Museum celebrates Greensboro’s local culture and the city’s prominent place in American history. Archives and artifacts relate to prominent events Guilford County, colonial times, the Civil War, the roots of the Civil Rights Movement, and the rise of textile manufacturing in the South. 
 




Raffaldini Vineyards Official Wine Sponsor of the Piedmont Opera

Piedmont Opera's largest and most exciting fundraiser of the year, the Magnolia Ball, kicks off with cocktails, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dinner at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
6:30pm-10:30pm
Please call 336.725.7101 or click here for more information. 


The mission of Piedmont Opera is to create operatic productions of the highest artistic quality to enrich our community and to advance the art form. Piedmont Opera raised the curtain on its first production in September 1978, and is now in its 37th year of continuous operation. In addition to two regularly scheduled productions each year, Piedmont Opera also conducts a wide variety of educational and outreach programs, and attracts patrons from 16 states and communities throughout the Piedmont, Upstate, and Virginia.
Looking for the perfect venue for your upcoming event? Raffaldini Vineyards is currently booking for the 2018 season.

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April 25, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Pino Vino X Release Set for June 16, 2018



Introducing Pino Vino X

For the last decade Raffaldini Vineyards has officially supported local animal rescue organizations by donating proceeds from the sale of each of its Pino Vino wine releases. The first label featured Pinot, who Jay and Maureen Raffaldini rescued from a kill shelter when she was 1 ½ years old. Over the following eight years the photos of different rescued pets have graced our labels. Each one, along with the hundreds of submissions we received had a moving story and illustrated the love and dedication so many of you have for helping abandoned and abused animals. We thank you for your continued support and have been honored to host these yearly releases. On this 10th year we will once again feature a dog rescued by the Raffaldini family on the label of Pino Vino X. Pino Vino X will also be present for lots of pets and kisses.    


Please join us on June 16, 2018 for a fun filled family afternoon when we release Pino Vino X. 
 

Time Posted: Apr 25, 2018 at 12:57 PM
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April 19, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Spring is Here! Enjoy Chianti in the Carolinas

 
Sunday, April 29 - Take a Hike! With Jay Raffaldini

Join Owner Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property! Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out. The hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup, salads, sandwiches and wine! $50 plus tax per person includes the hike, lunch and two glasses of wine.

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Saturday, May 5 - Sagra Delle Salsicce, Grilled Sausage Luncheon

Enjoy a traditional Italian-style afternoon of food and wine as we grill salsicce (sausages), drink wine and play bocce at the winery.  This event is hosted by Owner Jay Raffaldini and is sure to be a relaxed and enjoyable Saturday afternoon.  Ticket price is $50 plus tax per person and includes admission to event,  a luncheon of grilled sausage and assorted sides, and two glasses of Raffaldini wines.  

Buy Now
 
Sunday, May 13 - Mamma Mia! Mother's Day Brunch

Celebrate La Tua Madre with a delicious brunch overlooking the mountains and vineyards at Raffaldini Vineyards with our Mamma Mia! Mother’s Day Brunch. Feast together over a family-style brunch alongside award-winning Raffaldini Vineyards wines. 

Buy Now
 
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Celebration

Celebrate the official start to Summer with a day of fun and relaxation among the vines. Enjoy live music from acoustic guitarist Collin Allured. Savor the best Italian street fare west of the Mediterranean from Presto! food truck. Military personnel with valid military ID will receive a complimentary wine tasting or glass of wine. 

 
Mark Your Calendars For These Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 3Afternoon in Tuscany
Sunday, June 17 - Father's Day Brunch 
Saturday, August 11 - Four Seasons Summer Wine Tasting Dinner


And Many More! 

 
Food Truck and Music Dates

Colin Allured, Acoustic Guitar
Memorial Day Monday, May 28


Justin Nelson, Piano
Sunday, April 29
Sunday, May 6


Snack Wagon
Saturday, April 24
Sunday, April 25
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, May 20


Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Sunday, May 6

Presto! Food Truck
Memorial Day Monday, May 28
 
Beyond The Vines...Into the Community



Introducing Pino Vino X

For the last decade Raffaldini Vineyards has officially supported local animal rescue organizations by donating proceeds from the sale of each of its Pino Vino wine releases. The first label featured Pinot, who Jay and Maureen Raffaldini rescued from a kill shelter when she was 1 ½ years old. Over the following eight years the photos of different rescued pets have graced our labels. Each one, along with the hundreds of submissions we received had a moving story and illustrated the love and dedication so many of you have for helping abandoned and abused animals. We thank you for your continued support and have been honored to host these yearly releases. On this 10th year we will once again feature a dog rescued by the Raffaldini family on the label of Pino Vino X. Pino Vino X will also be present for lots of pets and kisses.    


Please join us on June 16, 2018 for a fun filled family afternoon when we release Pino Vino X. 

 




Raffaldini Vineyards Official Wine Sponsor of Piedmont Opera Magnolia Ball

Piedmont Opera's largest and most exciting fundraiser of the year kicks off with cocktails, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dinner at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Please call 336.725.7101 or click here for more information. 


The mission of Piedmont Opera is to create operatic productions of the highest artistic quality to enrich our community and to advance the art form. Piedmont Opera raised the curtain on its first production in September 1978, and is now in its 37th year of continuous operation. In addition to two regularly scheduled productions each year, Piedmont Opera also conducts a wide variety of educational and outreach programs, and attracts patrons from 16 states and communities throughout the Piedmont, Upstate, and Virginia.
 
Looking for the perfect venue for your upcoming event? Raffaldini Vineyards is currently booking for the 2018 season.

Click Here to view.

 

 

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Our mailing address is:
450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Apr 19, 2018 at 6:50 AM
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April 8, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Take a Hike! With Jay Raffaldini Sunday April 15

 
 
Sunday, April 15 - Take a Hike! With Jay Raffaldini

Spring is in full swing at Raffaldini Vineyards this month! Join Owner Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property. Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning taking in the stunning sights, sounds and smells of the vineyard at Spring. The hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup, salads, sandwiches and wine! $50 plus tax per person includes the hike, lunch and two glasses of wine.
 

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Looking for the perfect venue for your upcoming event? Raffaldini Vineyards is currently booking for the 2018 season.

Click Here to view.

 

 

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450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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