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Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery LLC

Raffaldini Vineyards
October 30, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini November Newsletter

James Suckling Hails Raffaldini 2017 Vintage

Wine critic James Suckling recently reviewed three wines from the 2017 vintage. This spectacular vintage was marked by persistent warmth throughout the growing season and relatively dry conditions. All of these wines are available now

2017 Grande Riserva - 92 points

Roasted-fig and tobacco-leaf aromas combine with suggestions of bitter chocolate on the nose. Some dried fruit. Rich and elegant, this has a solid sense of balance with soft tannins and a lovely texture. Blend of montepulicano and sangiovese. Drink or hold.

2017 Sangiovese Classico - 90 points

A pretty sangiovese with tea-leaf, red-fruit and flint character. Lightbodied and tight. Bright acidity. Silky at the finish. Already drinkable but can improve with age.

2017 Bella Misto - 88 points

A spicy red with dark-cherry aromas and flavors. Slightly funky. Mouth-coating. Round and fruity. Montepulciano, petit verdot and sangiovese. Drink now.

Grande Riserva Blending Trials
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Available Dates:
Saturday, November 2, 9, 23
Sunday, November 3, 10, 17, 24

1pm - 3pm
$40 General Admission | $35 Wine Club

Our reds are ready for blending and we need you to help us determine the blend for the Raffaldini Grande Riserva! Each session is a two-hour education wine experience led by Owner Jay Raffaldini in our winery barrel room. Each blend you create will be carefully analyzed, sampled and help inspire our new vintage of Grande Riserva. 


This is an opportunity to hone your winemaking knowledge and ability, learn more about grape varietals, and make a few new friends in the process. Blending trials will be held in the barrel room allowing you to experience the winery during the winemaking session.

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Beyond the Vines...Into the Community

10th Annual Taste of the South fundraiser in downtown Winston Salem. 

Join Raffaldini Vineyards and other community supporters to enjoy the stories and tastings of the very best in Southern Cuisine. Authoring Action! transforms the lives of teens and the world through the power of creative writing, spoken word, visual and media arts. Many of our teens come from challenging backgrounds and are referred to us through the court system, school system and juvenile justice services. Our signature creative writing, spoken word, filmmaking, visual art & design programs offer our youth the tools to discover their unique voices, explore and transform their lives, and become the positive change they want to see in the world.

Raffaldini Vineyards Wine Served in Support of Hispanic League Concert

We were privileged to partner with the Hispanic League's presentation of Venezuelan violinist Eddie Marcano. Established in 1992 to foster diversity and raise awareness by serving as a liaison between the non-Hispanic and Hispanic communities. The Hispanic League a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, strives to improve the quality of life for Hispanics/Latinos through promoting community inclusion, education, health and multicultural understanding.

Special announcement from Jay Raffaldini coming November 7! 
Jay will have a special email update to share on Thursday, November 7. Share our newsletter with your friends and ask them to subscribe! Stay tuned...


Food Trucks
Wraps Around the World
Saturday, November 2
Sunday, November 3

Gettin' Sauced in the City
Saturday, November 9
Sunday, November 10

Saturday, November 23
Sunday, November 24

King of Jerk
Saturday, November 16
Sunday, November 17

Friday, November 29
Saturday, November 30
Harvest 2019

This nearly unprecedented streak of dry weather with the last significant rainfall event of less than 2" in late August left us with warm, dry temperatures all throughout the ripening season, culminating with what is simply the best harvest in the history of Raffaldini Vineyards. Stay tuned! 
Harvest Update From

Winemaker Chris Nelson

2019 was an intense harvest at Raffaldini. This harvest was my first in North Carolina after 17 years in California.  Early on in the growing season we could see potential for some quality fruit so we made plans to focus on Appassimento (the Italian drying method used to more intense wines such as Amarone). We were able to push 28 tons of fruit through this drying process so we can expect the same full-bodied, well structured wines routinely produced by Raffaldini. During this harvest we were able to experiment with some new techniques on our Vermentino, as we look to produce a more robust style in 2019. Something new for our fans to look forward to in 2020. All in all, it was a wonderful harvest, and it's still not over as I have a number of wines still fermenting

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