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Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery LLC

Raffaldini Vineyards
July 1, 2023 | Newsletters | Raffaldini Vineyards

July Newsletter

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Raffaldini Wine Receives Rare Award
The soon to be released, Raffaldini 2021 Sagrantino received a coveted score of 94 points thus earning a rare Platinum Award (every judge gives the wine a Gold Medal) at the Prestigious Critics Challenge International Wine Competition held in San Diego.  Platinum awards are reserved for the very best wines of the competition, wines that exhibit profound qualities as determined by the judges.  Owner, Jay Raffaldini believes that the 21' Sagrantino is the best we have made and will serve as our benchmark for quite some time.  Jay stated “this wine is what I hoped we could make when we first planted the grape over fifteen years ago. Our Sagrantino can go head to head with the greatest Sagrantino wines from Umbria and as the vines get older it will only get more exciting”.  The Raffaldini 21 Sagrantino will be released on Saturday August 5th.
Upcoming Events: 

Vertical Tasting
Saturday, August 19 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Owner, Jay Raffaldini and Winemaker, Chris Nelson will host a retrospective tasting of prior vintages of Raffaldini Sagrantino. Sagrantino is a grape that benefits significantly from aging as the wine gains complexity and aromatic nuances. 

Purchase GA Tickets
Purchase WC Tickets
18th Annual Festa Italiana
Saturday & Sunday, September, 16th & 17th 
Our biggest event of the year returns! The epicenter of Italian culture in the Piedmont is here on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 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!

Visit our official Festa Page for the latest and stay tuned for upcoming artist and vendor announcements!

VIP Tables are selling fast!
Table of 4: $200
Table of 8: $400

Advance General Admission: $20
Day of Admission: $25
Purchase VIP and GA Tickets Here
Wine Club Corner


Fall Wine Club

Friday, August 4 | 12PM-5PM - Packages will be available for pickup at Villa

Wine Club Pickup Party
Saturday, August 5 & Sunday August 6 | 12PM-4PM- 
Join us at the winery for our Fall Wine Club Pick Up celebration! You will taste all three new wines andon both Saturday, and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm, owner Jay Raffaldini and winemaker, Chris Nelson will speak about each wine and all matters Raffaldini. Barbara Raffaldini will also join them to go over the recipes paired with each wine. Further we will have drawings for fun prizes too at 1:30pm and at 3:30 pm each day. Entry into the drawings is free, each member may enter once, and you must be a wine club member and present to win. Please RSVP no later than July 27th and les us know which day you will be visiting us and the number in your party. Wine Club members may bring one guest at no cost, but if you want to bring additional guests to the pick-up party, the member will be charged $15.00 per person. 

Classico Club (6)
Two Bottles of 2021 Sagrantino (Tannic, Earthy, Full Body Red)
Two Bottles of 2021 Montepulciano Riserva (Deeply Fruitful, Medium Body Red) 
Two Bottles of 2022 Desaria (Tropical and Complex, Full-Bodied White)
Superiore (12)
Two Bottles of 2021 Sagrantino (Tannic, Earthy, Full Body Red)
Two Bottles of 2021 Montepulciano Riserva (Deeply Fruitful, Medium Body Red) 
Two Bottles of 2022 Desaria (Tropical and Complex, Full-Bodied White)
Plus Six bottles of your choice

*Please email Tanja Farr at tanja@raffaldini.com or Barbara Raffaldini at barbara@raffaldini.com for information on other wines available for your additional selections or check our website.
Beyond the Vines and Into the Community


We were delighted to host the Piedmont Land Conservancy event, Cheers to Conservation, on Saturday, June 17th. 

Local Accommodations 

The Vineyard Cottage

Just a short 3-minute drive from us and with scenic views of Raffaldini Vineyards lies "The Vineyard Cottage". A unique Short-Term rental experience within the Boutique Vineyard of Chateau Jourdain. Escape to the tranquility of wine country with a stay at this stunning 3-bedroom Chateau. Situated within a private vineyard, this new build vacation rental offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards, ensuring that you will have an unforgettable stay.  Learn more by clicking here. 


Upcoming Food Trucks: 

Saturday, July 1st- Cannoli Man

Sunday, July 9th- Giannos Brick Oven

Saturday, July 15th- Southern on Wheels
Sunday, July 16th- Southern on Wheels

Saturday, July 22nd- Cheez Boss
Sunday, July 23rd- Dogs R Us

Sunday, July 30th- Los Gordos Bistro

Family Days:

July 4th Day Weekend: July 1st & 2nd

Tuesday, July 4th
Raffaldini Wines Now Available Across NC
After nearly two decades of having Raffaldini wines available exclusively at the Villa we have found a wholesale distribution firm that targets wine shops and restaurants rather than mass supermarket, etc. We sought to build connections with independent retailers and restaurateurs so we can still tell our story to the sales outlet and build on the connection that we have with all of you. To begin, we agreed to have two value-based wines (Bella Misto and Bianco) as well as higher end (Vermentino Superiore and Montepulciano Riserva) available for sale. 

To locate a store near you, simply go to raffaldini.com then hover your mouse over shop on the header. When the drop down menu appears, click "Find Raffaldini Wines" at the bottom of the list. Once on the Raffaldini Store Locator, you can use the drop down to search by type or location or type in your zip code and search a radius for outlets near you. If you don’t see your favorite wine shop listed please email me directly at jay@raffaldini.com and I will work with our wholesale partner to get them in the store near you.

Save The Date! 

Be on the lookout for more information and RSVP details in future Newsletters.

An Afternoon in Tuscany

Sunday, October 1 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

This is the event that you have been waiting for if you can't book he airfare to Tuscany! Enjoy a lovely lunch (Pranzo) followed by a stroll through the vines joined by the musical talents of Jersey Roche and Justin Traxler. 


Planning a Visit? 
We encourage you to read our visitor experience guide. Your cooperation will help us provide the best possible experience for all our patrons.
We have partnered with Tock to provide a reservation system for tastings and flights at the Villa and on the Piazza. Our continued goal is to provide the best experience for you, our valued customers and friends. While walk-ins are welcome  and a reservation is not required, we believe that making a reservation will enhance your visit.

As a general reminder to all our guests, to provide a safe, relaxing, and intimate experience for our guests, all visitors must be at least 21 years of age. Infants and children are no longer permitted at the Tasting Room, except on holidays and specially designated family days when we can appropriately staff and have children friendly activities available. Please see our calendar for a full list of Family days.
Make a Reservation
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450 Groce Rd. 
Ronda, NC 28670

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