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The red wine you've been waiting for, 2014 Grande Riserva, now available for purchasegrr
Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the utmost and 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 75 cases 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


 


FEBRUARY EVENTS
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Sales of Raffaldini Vineyards' Pino Vino I - VIII helped benefit all animals in need through donations to local animal rescue agencies. 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. Make plans now to send us your living rescue dog photo through April 25. 
 

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. *Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior to the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.

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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

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For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine!
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.


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

Please 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

 

827539-250Sat. Feb 18 - NC Fine Wines Competition Gala Dinner | Millenium Center Winston-Salem, NC | Click for Tickets
The unveiling of the North Carolina Fine Wines competition winners is only one portion of this celebration of North Carolina Fine Wines.  This will be an event to remember with fine wines and a six course dinner paired with outstanding wines from across the state. 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.  


 
31732050601_c2ff55c310_bBarrel 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.

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weddingsmast4NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Umstead Hotel and Spa | Cary, NC
Tuesday, February 28


In January 2017, a panel of seven Advanced Sommeliers and one Master of Wine will have judged over 125 wines from vineyards in North Carolina. The top 12 wines from this competition make up the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case.

Join us at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on Tuesday February 28th from 5:30 - 7:30 to taste the best wines accompanied by succulent hors d'oeuvres. The winning vineyards will be there pouring you their award winning wines as well as sharing their story 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. What better way to spend a Tuesday night in February than sharing a Fine Wine in such a great location. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Optionally, 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.

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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 personal discussion 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 on how to sign up for the wine club.

Sign up for La Famiglia Raffaldini Wine Club

 
In the Community:

Raffaldini Wines Served at the Heart of the Community Truffle Dinner to Benefit The Children's Law Center of Central NC
Thursday, February 9 | 6pm-10pm

Raffaldini Vineyards will provide wines for a one-of-a kind dinner featuring locally-grown truffles. 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.

Mark Your Calendars!

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 | Charlotte, NC

 

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

tel.336.835.9463

fax. 336.835.9330

          www.raffaldini.com



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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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.

 
                   
Assemblaggio!
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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Time Posted: Oct 30, 2019 at 1:40 PM
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October 16, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Our Favorite Fall Color...Is Red!

 
Assemblaggio!
Grande Riserva Blending Trials

Weekends in November:

Saturday, November 2, 9, 16, 23
Sunday, November 3, 10, 17, 24


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

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.

Buy Now
 
 
 
Vino e Pittura
Sunday, October 20 | 1pm-3pm

$50 General Admission

Join us at Raffaldini Vineyards for an al fresco wine and painting event. This two hour instructional workshop will be overlooking the vines and Blue Ridge Mountains at Villa Raffaldini.

Charlotte, NC artist Rina Norwood of Rina Norwood Designs will instruct the group.

Throughout the class, enjoy award winning Raffaldini wine as your inner artist is inspired to create gorgeous, unique artwork for you to take home.

 

Buy Now
 
The Italian Kitchen: Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, October 27 | 1pm-3pm

$50 General Admission | $40 Wine Club

 
Join us for an afternoon of wine and food as Executive Chef Corey Hooks, demonstrates two signature Italian recipes. Learn some helpful tips from Chef Corey and watch him prepare two courses. Chef Corey will be demonstrating a Fall Minestrone soup with butternut squash, celery, artichoke, onion & broccolini and Penne alla Norma pasta with eggplant, tomato, onion, basil & ricotta Panzanella Salad. Price includes the cooking demonstration, food sampling, 2 glasses of wine and recipe cards. 

 

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Harvest 2019
October



King of Jerk
Saturday, October 19




Wraps Around the World
Saturday, October 26
Sunday, October 27



 
November

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

Vineyard Manager Jason Krug

 
One word to describe the 2019 harvest year “Bountiful." Bountiful days full of clear skies and ample sunshine led to a vineyard loaded with juicy full clusters. Its really hard to imagine a better year for growing vitis vinifera on the East Coast. First we had a great two weeks of dry weather and light breezes during the flowering stage in spring leading to an awesome fruit set. We had a few rain event through the season but this year but the clouds didn’t stay long and quickly parted for the sun keeping the vines photosynthesizing and maturing the fruit. September is when the grapes are getting close to pick. Sugars are rising, acid is falling and the fruit is developing phenolics, flavors and the complexities that build a fine wine. If you get a lot of rain in September you can inflate the berries with water and dilute and wash out all the things we look for in a great vintage. With only one rain event dropping less than ¼ inch of rain in September you could not ask for better ripening conditions.  2019 has the potential to be an awesome vintage.


Next time, we'll here from our winemaker, Chris Nelson
 


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Time Posted: Oct 16, 2019 at 6:27 PM
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October 1, 2019 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini October Newsletter

 
Beyond the Vines...Into the Community



Mary Queen of Scots
October 18, 20, and 22
Piedmont Opera

New to the Piedmont Opera repertory and making its NC professional debut!

Freedom. After 18 years of being held prisoner by Queen Elizabeth, her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots breathes fresh air. Believing herself to be the true heir to the throne, Mary has been imprisoned first for plotting against her cousin, and ultimately for attempting to murder her. This day of freedom turns to condemnation as these empowered women have a momentous meeting.

Raffaldini Vineyards is the wine sponsor of Piedmont Opera and a proud supporter of the arts. 

 

Join us for a special evening of food, fun, and thrilling entertainment to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.

Second Harvest has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged local food fanatics to match wits with our Providence Culinary team in a one-of-a-kind foodie throwdown. But winning will take more than culinary know-how. Keep your friends close, but your opponents closer... we're turning up the heat! 

Raffaldini Vineyards is committed to help those in need in our community and proud to be the wine sponsor of Forklift.

 
Afternoon in Tuscany
Sunday, October 6 | 1pm - 3pm

$70 General Admission | $60 Wine Club

 

Enjoy Chianti...in the Carolinas! Take a stroll through the vines on the way to a lovely lunch al fresco family style on the Piazza while being serenaded by classical guitarist, Samuel Taylor. 
 

Menu
Panzanella Salad, Tuscan bread, fresh tomatoes, caper, onion, herbs & balsamic vinegar.

Cannellini Bean Salad, sundried tomato, asparagus, fresh herbs & Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Grilled Marinated Chicken, artichoke salad with a balsamic reduction.

Grilled Squash, fresh herbs, garlic, white wine & butter.

Limoncello Cake

 

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Take a Hike! With Jay Raffaldini and Steve Nelson
Sunday, October 13 | 10:30am - 1pm

$50 General Admission

 
Join Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property! Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out. Hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup, crusty breads and wine! $50 plus tax per person includes the hike, lunch and two glasses of wine.
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Vino e Pittura
Sunday, October 20 | 1pm-3pm

$50 General Admission

Join us at Raffaldini Vineyards for an al fresco wine and painting event. This two hour instructional workshop will be overlooking the vines and Blue Ridge Mountains at Villa Raffaldini.

Charlotte, NC artist Rina Norwood of Rina Norwood Designs will instruct the group.

Throughout the class, enjoy award winning Raffaldini wine as your inner artist is inspired to create gorgeous, unique artwork for you to take home.

 

Buy Now
 
The Italian Kitchen: Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, October 27 | 1pm-3pm

$50 General Admission | $40 Wine Club

 
Join us for an afternoon of wine and food as Executive Chef Corey Hooks, demonstrates two signature Italian recipes. Learn some helpful tips from Chef Corey and watch him prepare two courses. Chef Corey will be demonstrating a Fall Minestrone soup with butternut squash, celery, artichoke, onion & broccolini and Penne alla Norma pasta with eggplant, tomato, onion, basil & ricotta Panzanella Salad. Price includes the cooking demonstration, food sampling, 2 glasses of wine and recipe cards. 

 

Buy Now
 
Assemblaggio! Grande Riserva Blending Trials
Weekends in November -
(Check Cart for Available Dates) 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.

Buy Now
 

Harvest 2019 Continues
 
 

Festa Italiana 2019

Thank You!

 
A big thank you to all of our guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, musicians, entertainers and everyone else who helped make our 14th Annual Festa Italiana a wonderful day for all.

Save the date for our 15th Annual Festa Italiana!

Saturday, September 19, 2020
 


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