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Raffaldini Vineyards
February 1, 2017 | Newsletters | Raffaldini Vineyards

February Newsletter



The Raffaldini Family, in collaboration with other vineyard and winery owners in North Carolina, have come together to establish an organization that promotes and sustains the quality of North Carolina Wines. The North Carolina Fine Wines Society organizes and conducts competitions and events to fund educational training and scholarships to promote the quality of North Carolina viticulture, wine, and agritourism. This month, the NC Fine Wines Society is hosting its first North Carolina Fine Wines Competition, where 12 wines representing 12 different categories will be chosen as the tops in each category. A panel of Advanced Sommeliers and Masters of Wine will evaluate the wines in a double blind tasting. The unveiling of our competition winners is only the beginning of this celebration of North Carolina Fine Wines. Following the competition is an evening to remember: Dine and interact with more than 40 North Carolina's Vineyard Owners, Winemakers and Winery personnel at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the luxurious Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem, as we will recognize achievements in quality as well as pair North Carolina Fine Wines with a scrumptious, six-course dinner. At the gala, 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. 

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

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Join us at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on Tuesday February 28th from 5:30 - 7:30 to taste the best North Carolina wines accompanied by succulent hors d'oeuvres. The winning vineyards will be there pouring their award winning wines as well as sharing their stories 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. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Additionally, 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.

new-sang-1Spring Wine Club Package Coming March 2017 | Click here to purchase
Featuring First Vintage of New Varietal Sagrantino

We are excited to announce the release of our 2017 Spring Wine Club Package containing the inaugural release of our newest red varietal, Sagrantino. This varietal hails from Umbria and is one of the rarest in the world with less than one-thousand acres planted worldwide. Our debut Sagrantino is from the spectacular 2015 vintage that was hot and dry, just like in Sagrantino's native Umbria. The Spring Wine Club Package will also contain the 2016 vintage of our classic white, Vermentino Superiore, and the 2015 Bella Misto. In addition to the wines, each package contains a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker's notes and recipes to pair with the wines, a list of upcoming events including an invitation to our Spring Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner.

Important Info for Wine Club Members

We’ve recently rolled out a new, fully-integrated guest relations management system. For your security, we ask that everyone please take a brief moment to create a new login and password. We here at Raffaldini Vineyards are very excited to introduce this new system which will enhance the customer experience. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Join us for the 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 information sessions 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.

Not Currently A Wine Club Member? Sign up for La Famiglia Raffaldini Wine Club
Secure your allocation of our highly-coveted wines by joining our wine club. Receive semi-annual, six bottle, winemaker selections of our most expressive wines. Enjoy membership benefits such as discounted tastings, event admission, and wine club member exclusive experiences. Click to sign up or learn more. 

Perfection in a Bottle: 2014 Grande Riserva, Available Nowgrr
Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the 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 50 cases of sequentially-numbered bottles 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


31914920725_616a5eeb9c_bCalling All Dogs! Pino Vino IX Rescue Dog Red Wine Label Competition
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Sales of Raffaldini Vineyards' Pino Vino I - VIII helped benefit all animals in need through donations to local animal rescue organizations. 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. 

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.

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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


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

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.

RSVP Now - Amore! The Language of Love - 1pm

RSVP Now - Amore! The Language of Love - 3pm



Vineyards of Swan Creek: For the Love of Wine & Chocolate
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.

February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! 
Saturday, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! Show support for your favorite winery (wink wink!) by celebrating with us at Villa Raffaldini. If you're unable to make it, check out our online shopping cart and stock up for the big day. 
Barrel 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.

Reserve Now - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker

In the Community:

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Thursday, February 9 | 6pm-10pm

Raffaldini Vineyards will provide wines for a one-of-a kind dinner featuring locally-grown truffles. Dine with Owner Barbara Raffaldini and 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.

Offsite Events in February

Raffaldini Vineyards Wine Dinner at Providence Restaurant | Friday, February 10 | 6pm | Reserve Now
Attention Piedmont Triad! We've partnered with the highly-acclaimed Providence Restaurant & Catering to host a Raffaldini wine dinner in Winston-Salem. Providence is now taking reservations, so click the link in this post to view the menu and secure your seat. Click for more information including menus and pricing. 

Raffaldini Wine Dinner at Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar | Asheville, NC
Monday, February 13 | 6pm | Reservations and Info

Join Raffaldini Vineyards at Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar for a Valentine's Day-Eve celebration! The chefs at Travinia have crafted a romantic, Italian-inspired five-course meal that pairs perfectly with our wines. Our friends from Shelton Vineyards will join in on two of the courses for a taste of the Yadkin Valley reservations are $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Contact Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar to make your reservation. 

Mark Your Calendars!
Sat. Mar 4 & Sun. Mar. 5 - Vineyards of Swan Creek Cheese Celebration featuring Ashe County Cheese

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 | Asheville, NC

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

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


fax. 336.835.9330


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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