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Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery LLC

Raffaldini Vineyards
July 15, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Summer Fun has Just Begun!

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July Events
Saturday, July 23 – Fiano Release

We are proud to announce the release of a new white wine made in conjunction with our neighbors, Sotrio Vineyards. Fiano is an Italian grape that grows in the Campania region and in our opinion will make wine distinctive enough that it will, in time, rival Vermentino. We made 50 cases and have labeled the wine a vineyard designation, specifically Raffaldini Fiano, Sotrio Vineyards.

Join us for the release party from 1pm to 3 pm at the winery. This free event is for wine club members only. After we taste the Fiano, we will taste some early-style wine from the 2021 harvest. We will be serving light food to enjoy with your tasting. Please click to RSVP. The event starts promptly at 1pm so please arrive on time. Fiano will be available for sale to the general public at the Villa the following weekend and we don't expect it to last very long. 
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August Events
Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 – Fall Wine Club Release
We are excited to announce the release date of our Fall Wine Club Package and three new vintages! The Fall Wine club package contains six bottles of three new wine releases including some of our favorite varietals: 
  • 2 Bottle 2021 Desaria (Full-bodied Vermentino utilizing Appassimento, extended skin contact and oak fermentation)
  • 2 Bottles 2020 Montepulciano Riserva (Our signature varietal, hearty, fruit forward red)
  • 2 Bottles 2020 Sagrantino (Robust, savory red wine with epic tannins) 
The package also contains a letter from Jay and recipes to pair with each wine from Barbara. Wine Club Members will enjoy other benefits along with preferred access to wines, added discounts, and more. For more information about our Wine Club and how to sign up, please email our Wine Club Director below.
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Saturday, August 20 Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner: Summer

The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and are hosted by Owner Jay Raffaldini. Each dinner features four seasonal food courses and four specially chosen wines to complement the food. Culinary and wine descriptions will be given during the evening to enhance your enjoyment. This is an opportunity to share your food and wine passion with like-minded friends. The atmosphere will be relaxed and casual with a focus on meeting new friends and enjoying la dolce vita.

Cost for the dinner is $99.00 + tax per person and is all-inclusive. Shuttle service to and from the dinner and either the Fairfield Inn in Elkin, NC or the Hampton Inn in Jonesville, NC is $130.00 + tax per person. This event is for those age 21 and over. 

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Buy Now - Dinner + Shuttle

Food Trucks

Saturday, July 16Wraps Around the World & The Cannoli Man
Sunday, July 17Cousins Maine Lobster

Saturday, July 23 Rivera Brothers Mexican Food Truck
Sunday, July 24 – Rivera Brothers Mexican Food Truck

Saturday, July 30 – Gianno’s Brick Oven Pizza
Sunday, July 31Gianno’s Brick Oven Pizza
Saturday, September 3 - Gallo Nero Release
When life was simpler and slower and being together was the rule not the exception, one wine was quite commonly found in Italian restaurants and grocery stores, and that was a Chianti sold in straw bottles known as ‘fiascos." Everyone emembers these bottles adorning checkered cloth tables and once the wine was consumed, they became candle holders with the red and green wax drippings on the bottle. What many did not know is that the fiasco bottle held 1-liter worth of wine, 33% more than a standard bottle which is probably why so many people left the dinner table very happy.

We have crafted a beautiful Sangiovese blend called Gallo Nero (Black Rooster in Italian, the symbol of Chianti). The wine is more structured than the typical Sangiovese blends we make as I wanted it to pair with much more than “red sauce." It is a gem and when you purchase one of these commemorative bottles you will also receive a red or green candle so the Raffaldini fiasco (no pun intended) can have a second life.
17th Annual Festa Italiana
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18

All Ages Welcome! Rain or Shine

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!

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

Advance General Admission: $20
Day of Admission: $25
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17th Annual Festa Italiana
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18

VIP Packages

Celebrate in style with our Festa VIP Packages. 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 8 guests
  • Festival admission for 8 guests (includes all standard Festival Admission perks per guest, including two bottles 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

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

VIP (Table of 8 People): $350
VIP (Table of 4 People): $175
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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.
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450 Groce Rd. 
Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Jul 15, 2022 at 8:06 AM Permalink to Summer Fun has Just Begun! Permalink
Raffaldini Vineyards
July 11, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Fall Wine Club Information

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Ciao Wine Club Members, 
We are excited to announce the pickup date and details of our Fall Wine Club Package! 
Package Contents
The Fall Wine club package contains two bottles each of three new wine vintages of our most sought-after varietals. Your wine club package will contain the following wines: 
Classico Club (6): $206.08 (10% Discount)
Two Bottles of 2020 Montepulciano Riserva (Our signature varietal, hearty, fruit forward red)
Two Bottles of 2020 Sagrantino (Robust, savory red wine with epic tannins) 
Two Bottles of 2021 Desaria (Full-bodied Vermentino utilizing Appassimento, extended skin contact and oak fermentation)

Superiore (12): $194.63 + Six Bottles (15% Discount)
Two Bottles of 2020 Montepulciano Riserva (Our signature varietal, hearty, fruit forward red)
Two Bottles of 2020 Sagrantino (Robust, savory red wine with epic tannins) 
Two Bottles of 2021 Desaria (Full-bodied Vermentino utilizing Appassimento, extended skin contact and oak fermentation)
Plus Six bottles of your choice

*Please email if you need to see additional bottle choices or check our website. ALL CHOICES MUST BE SELECTED BY Friday, July 29. Members will begin being charged August 2nd. 

The package also contains a letter from Jay and recipes to pair with each wine from Barbara.


These wines represent the culmination of twenty years of winemaking at our estate. You can learn more from Jay Raffaldini about the wines here. 
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Wine Club Pickup Party
Fall Wine Club Pickup
Friday, August 5 | 12PM-4PM - Packages will be available for pickup at Villa
Saturday, August 6 | 12PM-4PM
Sunday, August 7 | 12PM-4PM

Saturday, August 6 through Sunday, August 7, join us at the winery for our Fall Wine Club Pick Up celebration! On Saturday and Sunday, Jay Raffaldini will be on site Saturday to lead lively discussions at 1pm and 3pm of the wine club wines.

On both days, Jay will be joined by our talented winemaker Chris Nelson. Tastings of each wine club wine will be available along with food pairings. 

There will also be drawings of fun prizes at 1pm and 3pm each day. There is no cost to participate in the drawings, each member may enter once, and you must be present to win and a valid wine club member. 

Please RSVP with your desired date, Saturday or Sunday. You can drop in any time between 12pm-4pm on the day you choose. Wine club members are permitted one guest complimentary, additional guests for the event are $15.00 per person. Please provide your full name, pickup date, and six wines of choice for Superiore/Riserva. 
Benefits to Membership

  • Wine samples or sample flight (excludes Riserva flight) for member and 1 guest.
  • You will receive a Classico Club exclusive discounts
  • 10% Off full-case purchases (mixed case okay)
  • 10% Off individual bottle sales
  • 10% Retail merchandise
  • Member discounts on events and Member only special events
  • Wine samples or sample flights (excludes Riserva Flight) for member and up to 3 guest.
  • You will receive a Superiore Club exclusive discounts
  • 15% Off full-case purchases (mixed case okay)
  • 15% Off individual bottle sales
  • 15% Retail merchandise
  • Member discounts on events and Member only special events
Our Wine Club offers streamlined choices offering flexibility and making membership easy. Learn More. 

All Club members will be billed on Tuesday, August 2. Please let us know whether you would like your order shipped, or which day you would like to pick up, as well as your wine choices by Friday, July 29.

Please note that each wine club membership is a one-year commitment and you will be automatically enrolled the following year, unless we receive your cancellation in writing via email 30-days prior to the next wine club shipment. Read Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions or concerns, our team is here to help.

Thank you again for being part of the Raffaldini journey.

Copyright ©  2022 Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
450 Groce Rd. 
Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Jul 11, 2022 at 11:38 AM Permalink to Fall Wine Club Information Permalink
Raffaldini Vineyards
July 1, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Jay Raffaldini Fall 2022 Wine Club Letter

August 2022

Ciao Amici,                                                                               

I hope this letter finds everyone happy and healthy. If you are new to the Raffaldini Wine Club, welcome! With each semi-annual wine club package, you will receive a letter from me describing the wines, why they were chosen, and updating you on all activities happening at Raffaldini Vineyards. 

This package includes the following:

2 bottles of Raffaldini 2020 Sagrantino
2 bottles of Raffaldini 2020 Montepulciano Riserva
2 bottles of Raffaldini 2021 Desaria
The Winemaker’s Notes associated with the wines
Recipes that we encourage you to enjoy with the wines
Invitations to upcoming signature events at Raffaldini

I begin the first section with some happy news I had not been able to share during the last three years.   We had a normal spring with no late frosts or freezes so we will have a bountiful harvest of grapes!  Of course, in terms of quality it all comes down to the weather in the August 15th to September 30th window but as of now things are looking very good.  This is especially exciting coming on the heels of our best quality harvest ever in 2021.

As is the case with every Raffaldini wine release the whites and reds come from different vintages (years). Specifically, the reds are usually at least two years prior and whites the prior year.  Given the variability of the weather in our wine region we can often get vastly different styles of wine which we try to mitigate through the Appassimento drying process and varietal blending. Unlike the superb 2021 weather, 2020 was a very challenging harvest and second only to the utterly miserable 2018 harvest.  So when we talk about the two reds in this package from 2020 and the white from 2021 we want to emphasize the saying that when the weather is great “wine is made in the vineyard” and when it is challenging “wine is made in the winery cellar”.

The 2021 Desaria is our Vermentino based white blend wine which thinks and acts like a red wine as that is how we made it.  Wine club members will remember that two years ago we decided to split our Vermentino production and diverted an equal amount to the production of Superiore and the other to the production of Desaria.  In a nutshell the difference is that the Vermentino Superiore is made in a style more common in Sardinia with a technique called whole cluster pressing fermented in stainless steel which increases aromatics and freshness. By comparison, the Desaria uses our Appassimento drying process on the grapes which are then fermented and aged in oak bottis.  Also for the first time this year we blended in some white (yes white) Montepulciano aged in oak.  This created a rich and a very full- bodied white wine closest to the style of Vermentino made in the beautiful Tuscan seaside of Bolghieri. This is a white wine that pairs perfectly with fish and is also full bodied enough to go with white meat like chicken, turkey, or pork.

Our expectations for the 2020 reds were low given the challenging weather we endured that year.  One early signpost of our ability to overcome this was the success of the earlier release of the 2020 Sangiovese Classico.  Of all the grapes we grow Sangiovese is the most susceptible to not being able to stand up to a challenging harvest.  My winemaker Chris and I spend countless hours blending through endless permutations including down to the half of one percent level. The wine turned out incredibly smooth with classic Sangiovese fruit and earthy dustiness and soon become very popular in the Villa Tasting Room. Using that roadmap, we turned out attention to the Montepulciano and Sagrantino.

As difficult as Sangiovese is to grow here, Montepulciano is as easy, given its grape structure (thick skins, medium sized berries and loose clusters), so we had a strong foundation from which to start.  The 2020 Montepulciano is very fruitful and structured with softer than usual tannins which makes this wine enjoyable immediately.  It will age for five years but can not go the distance of a decade or more like the 2019 vintage. It’s an excellent enjoyable wine.

Finally, the 2020 Sagrantino turned out to be and I quote my winemaker Chris, “sneaky good.” Sagrantino continues to excel in the vineyard with the only downside being it is a low yielding grape, so we struggle to get enough of it.  We are going to plant another acre or two but unfortunately, we are nearly planted out so there is not much more we can do. The 2020 Sagrantino has those famous gripping tannins that I adore but is also framed with bracing acidity to allow this wine to go on well into the next ten to fifteen years.

Speaking of the vineyard we are planting a new grape called San Marco which is a cross of two northern Italian varietals from the region of Alto Adige.  Those grapes varietals are Teroldogo and Lagrein, both of which can produce very dark and deep wines.  I am determined to have one wine made from northern Italian grapes and I believe I have finally found the right grape after twenty years of searching and replanting. 

On a personal note, I am very gratified to see the vineyards around us take shape and find their branding.  My long-term plan was to always have Raffaldini Vineyards surrounded by other vineyards run by likeminded souls, and this is happening now as new tasting rooms and Villas are under various stages of construction. One day in the not-too-distant future you will have four (and possibly five) Italian style vineyards adjacent to each other which is unlike anything anywhere.  So exciting!

As a diehard fan of Star Trek (the original and Next Generation, not Voyager nor Deep Space Nine) I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Spock -

“Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”

Our warmest wishes to all of you.



Jay Raffaldini on behalf of La Famiglia Raffaldini

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