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Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery LLC

17th Annual Festa Italiana
Saturday, September 17th & Sunday, September 18th, 2022

All Ages Welcome

Purchase Tickets

Advance Tickets are available now! General Admission is $20 and Under 21 Tickets will be $15 available at the gate the day of the festival. All General Admission Tickets will be $25.00 at the Gate. 

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Our biggest event of the year returns! The epicenter of Italian culture in the Piedmont is here on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 as food vendors, musicians, artists, and craftsmen from across the region descend on Chianti in the Carolinas for this annual celebration of Italian culture, food, art, music, and of course, wine. Enjoy the festival atmosphere or join one of our breakout sessions featuring in depth discussions with Jay Raffaldini and our team on winemaking, vineyard, Italian trivia and more! More info to come soon on this page! 



General Admission:

Your ticket consists of admission to the festival for one of the two days, your designated area on the lawn to set up all day, full access to daily entertainment sessions listed below, one complimentary glass of wine, live music & more!

  • Parking is included and free shuttle service is provided to and from the lot directly to the front gates of the festival.
  • No outside food is permitted.
  • No outside alcohol, smoking, vaping, or drug use is permitted. 
  • No pets (unless you have an approved ADA service animal).

Chairs and/or blankets can help with seating.

Across the property we will have designated spots for you to set up your own canopies, lawn chairs, blankets etc. to enjoy your day with us! 

The Festa Italiana VIP Experience! Includes:

  • Access to Festa Italiana VIP Section at Villa Raffaldini. VIP Section includes indoor bathrooms, exclusive table side service, VIP identity badge, and more.
  • One reserved Italiana table seating up to 4 guests
  • Festival admission for 4 guests (includes all standard Festival Admission perks per guest, including one bottle of Raffaldini wine)
  • Festa Italiana Commemorative Wine Glass
  • Light refreshments and bottled water
  • All day music & entertainment
  • Exclusive check-in point for VIP guests
  • General parking

Food - Saturday, September 17

Food - Sunday, September 18


  • Merchandise Vendors Saturday:
  • Merchant Vendors Sunday:
  • ​Entertainment:
    • Triple P - Justin Nelson
    • Victoria Calamusa- Salsa Dancing
    • Drake Duffer - Classical Guitar

      Jersey Roche & Justin Traxler
      Soprano, Baritone

      Jersey Roche is a graduate of UNC Greensboro and Florida State University with a
      bachelors and 2 masters degrees in Vocal Performance & Arts Administration. Justin Traxler is a graduate of Wingate University with his bachelors in Vocal Performance. Jersey’s previous performances include Mable in Pirates of Penzance, Monica in Menotti’s The Old Maid & the Thief; as well as performing as a chorus member and soloist in Opera Festival di Roma in Italy. Justin’s performance experiences include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Father in Hansel and Gretel, and Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land, as well as a soloist for Opera Scene performances through Wingate University. Jersey and Justin have both been resident artists with Opera Carolina in Charlotte, NC since 2017 and are currently scheduled to participate in the 2021/2022 season.

      Saturday, September 17 - Drake and Emmett

      Drake Duffer is a guitarist, composer, and teacher from Winston-Salem, NC. His broad musical background has led him to perform at varied venues, from classical stages like Carnegie Hall to popular spots like Rockwood Music Hall. Drake is the co-founder of the new music duo Early Gray, and has been awarded Seconda Prattica’s Pujol Award for Arranging, and Lincoln Center Education’s Kenan Fellowship. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the UNC School of the Arts, and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music.

      Emmett Moberly-LaChance earned a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2020. During his time there, he participated in various classical and jazz performances including UNCSA’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS with guest conductor Karin Hendrickson, as well as the School of Drama’s production of Spring Awakening. He was also a member of the School of Music’s jazz ensemble from 2016-2020, and played in masterclasses for jazz musicians including Branford Marsalis, Luis Marín and Phil Markowitz. He has also played as a soloist and ensemble member in North Carolina, Connecticut, and New York City. 


    • Sunday, September 18 - Samuel Taylor, Guitar

      The work of composer, classical guitarist and electro-acoustic artist, Samuel Allen Taylor, explores the point of intersection between electronic and acoustic sound media, and the live-performance-based transformation of their qualities. After completing guitar and pedagogy studies with Aaron Shearer, and counterpoint and orchestration work with Kenneth Frazelle, Mr. Taylor immersed himself in the craft of musical composition and the intricacies of electronic media as a musically expressive instrument. Mr. Taylor resides in Winston-Salem, NC, where he works as a freelance composer, teacher, and as classical guitar instructor at Salem College, where he has helped to establish the new Bachelor of Music program in Guitar Performance.

      Solo guitar and chamber music performances include: North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), St. John’s Art Museum (Wilmington, NC), Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC), Orange Hill Art Gallery (Atlanta, GA).

      His composition, Vita, a multi-media collaboration with alban elved dance company, was recently presented at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem, NC) and Emory and Henry College (Emory, VA

      Small Sessions:

      The small sessions at the locations listed below (limited to 50 seats – first come first serve) will be as follows:


      11:30 pm – 12:45 pm - The Vineyards of Raffaldini
      Join Jason Krug, Vineyard Manager and owner Jay Raffaldini to learn about the vineyard and this year’s harvest while walking in the vines.

      1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Italian Music and Opera – Join Soprano Jersey Roche and Baritone Justin Traxler and learn about and listen to favorite arias from Italian opera and other Italian songs. There is no country better known for music, love, passion and drama than Italy and Italian opera has it all!!  

      2:45 pm - 3:45 pm - Winemaking Raffaldini style
      Join Raffaldini winemaker Chris Nelson for an informative and fun session on winemaking and this year’s wine.

      4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Italian Trivia
      Join Barbara Raffaldini and test your knowledge of Italian facts. Winners will receive great prizes.  


      12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Salsa Dancing
      Spice up your dance steps Victoria Calamusa as she teaches us some moves that are bound to impress your partner.

      1:30 pm - 2:30 pm – The Vineyards of Raffaldini
      Join owner Jay Raffaldini to learn about the vineyard and this year’s harvest while walking in the vines.

      2:45 pm – 3:45 pm - Winemaking Raffaldini style
      Join Raffaldini winemaker Chris Nelson for an informative and fun session on winemaking and this year’s wine.

      4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Italian Trivia
      Join Barbara Raffaldini and test your knowledge of Italian facts. Winners will receive great prizes.  


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