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November 29, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

December Newsletter

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 Wine Club Member Appreciation 
Saturday, December 3  | 1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Free - Wine Club Members Only

La Famigilia Raffaldini cordially invites all of our wine club members to our wine club member appreciation day. You'll enjoy samples from local vendors, raffles for door prizes and special tastings all day! 
 
This event is free; however, please RSVP to jordan@raffaldini.com. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website www.raffaldini.com, call 336.835.9463 or email us at info@raffaldini.com for more information. 
RSVP - Wine Club Member Appreciation
 
 🎁  Give the Gift of Wine this Holiday Season 🎄
Gift Ideas for Yourself or the Wine Lover on Your List!

2019 Patrimonio Release 
Saturday, December 10 | 1:00pm-3:00pm 
Free for Wine Club Members | $20 Per Person for Wine Club Guests

 
You're invited to join Owner Jay Raffaldini and Winemaker Chris Nelson for a very special event to be held at the winery. Raffaldini Patrimonio (translated from the Italian as Heritage or Legacy) will be released on Saturday, December 10th and as the name implies is the flagship wine that we make. Unlike our heralded Grande Riserva which we make in the style of Super Tuscans, Patrimonio is crafted for those who love Napa-style wines.

Jay Raffaldini invites you to the beautiful botti barrel room at the winery for the release of the inaugural release of our Patrimonio. This wine is an icon of Raffaldini Vineyards; a representation of more than twenty years of pioneering winemaking. An opaque, brooding, and intense red wine made from Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, and Sagrantino grapes, aged in 100% new French Oak evokes a luxurious symphony of flavor, leaning in with dark fruits, spice, and earth. 

We invite you to stop by on Saturday, December 10, chat with Jay about how we made the Patrimonio, and enjoy a complimentary sample of this extraordinary release. Patrimonio is a limited-quantity wine. Bottles will be available for sale to enjoy or to take home while quantities last.
RSVP - Patrimonio Release
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Salon Tasting Raffaldini Patrimonio 2019
Saturday, January 21 | 1:00pm-3:00pm
$65 Wine Club | $70 General Admission

You're invited to join Owner Jay Raffaldini and Winemaker Chris Nelson for a very special event to be held at the Winery. Raffaldini Patrimonio (translated from the Italian as Heritage or Legacy) and as the name implies is the flagship wine that we make. Unlike our heralded Grande Riserva which we make in the style of Super Tuscans, Patrimonio is crafted for those who love Napa-style wines.

The salon tasting event will consist of a Blind Tasting of the Patrimonio against four other highly ranked and well known wines along with heavy Hors D'oeuvres. See for yourself how Raffaldini Wine compares to some of the top rated wines in the world. To celebrate this event our sparkling wine Auguri will be served as everyone assembles.  Attendance is limited to sixty people. This year, Christmas comes early for the wine lover on your list! Give the gift of wine this holiday season. 
Reserve now - Wine Club
Reserve now - General Admission
 

Food Trucks

December 

Saturday, December 3 - Dogs R' Us

Saturday, December 10 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, December 11 - Dogs R' Us


Saturday, December 17 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, December 18 - Dogs R' Us
 

 
We Are Closed Christmas Day - Raffaldini Vineyards will be closed on Christmas Day to allow our staff and their families an opportunity to celebrate together.  We welcome you to join us before or after the holiday to pick up the perfect gift or relax and reconnect with friends and family. 
 
Raffaldini Wines Win the West
Gold Rush at San Francisco International Wine 
Competition
 
Now in its 39th year, the San Francisco International Wine Competition is one of the most prestigious and competitive international wine expositions in the world. The highly-credentialed panel of judges awarded gold medals to Raffaldini Vermentino Superiore and Sagrantino meaning the highly-trained panel of judges universally agreed that Raffaldini wines were among the best of their variety from across the world. 
 

 
 
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Beyond The Vines...Into The Community

It is the giving season, and we would like to encourage you to give a little back to your community during this time of need. We'd like to share some of the organizations that we've supported over the years and encourage you to support them, too. These are a few of our 'Favorite Things!' Raffaldini Pairs with Second Harvest of NWNC

We are also partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC to fight hunger during the holiday season. Please bring a non-perishable food item as we "fill the barrel with food" for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. Here is a list of the most needed items. Or you can make a donation here.

A/perture
(AARF)Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation
Authoring Action
Bookmarks
Carolina Caring
The Crossnore School
Hispanic League
Little Theater
Metrolina Association for the Blind
Parenting Path
Piedmont Opera
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
Trellis
 
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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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November 17, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Deck the Halls with Raffaldini Wine!

 
Raffaldini Wines Score 90+ In American Wine Society Competition 
 
 We have a few more ornaments to add to our Christmas tree this year! Seven Raffaldini wines scored 90+ at the annual American Wine Society (AWS) 2022 Commercial Competition, conducted in Bellevue, WA on October 25th and 26th. The American Wine Society competition for commercial wine has been held annually since the 1986 National Conference. Judges are selected from a broad spectrum of wine industry professionals, including marketers, writers and wine makers. A significant number of judges for each competition are also chosen from among graduates of the AWS’s own rigorous and well regarded Wine Judge Certification Program. All wines are judged blind and by panel consensus. 
 
Winery Wine Vintage   100 pt score
Raffaldini Vineyards Vermentino Superiore 2021   93
Raffaldini Vineyards Montepulciano Riserva 2020   93
Raffaldini Vineyards Sagrantino 2020   93
Raffaldini Vineyards Girasole 2021   91
Raffaldini Vineyards Sangiovese Classico 2020   90
Raffaldini Vineyards Desaria 2021   90
Raffaldini Vineyards Grande Riserva 2019   90

 
 


 
Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
Friday, November 25 | 11am - 5pm 

The Holidays are in full swing, and we invite you to help us prepare for the holidays! The entire family will enjoy holiday shopping and live tunes while you craft your own holiday decorations, and enjoy complimentary cookies and apple cider while the little ones write letters to Santa. 

Local musician RG Absher will entertain you with holiday tunes on a wide variety of instruments including Hammered Dulcimer, Violin, acoustic guitar, classic guitar, and banjo! RG is a Wilkes County native and a regular at MerleFest. His music includes a rich folk tradition and haunting Celtic sounds from Ireland and Scotland.

Please bring a non-perishable food item as we "fill the barrel with food" for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. Here is a list of the most needed items

 
Admission is Free to Everyone, but we ask that you please RSVP! Come out an join us for a day full of Holiday Cheer!
 
 
 Wine Club Member Appreciation 
Saturday, December 3  | 1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Free - Wine Club Members Only

La Famigilia Raffaldini cordially invites all of our wine club members to our wine club member appreciation day. You'll enjoy samples from local vendors, raffles for door prizes and special tastings all day! 
 
This event is free; however, please RSVP to jordan@raffaldini.com. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website www.raffaldini.com, call 336.835.9463 or email us at info@raffaldini.com for more information. 
RSVP - Wine Club Member Appreciation
 
2019 Patrimonio Release 
Saturday, December 10 | 1:00pm-3:00pm 
Free for Wine Club Members | $20 Per Person for Wine Club Guests

 
You're invited to join Owner Jay Raffaldini and Winemaker Chris Nelson for a very special event to be held at the winery. Raffaldini Patrimonio (translated from the Italian as Heritage or Legacy) will be released on Saturday, December 10th and as the name implies is the flagship wine that we make. Unlike our heralded Grande Riserva which we make in the style of Super Tuscans, Patrimonio is crafted for those who love Napa-style wines.

Jay Raffaldini invites you to the beautiful botti barrel room at the winery for the release of the inaugural release of our Patrimonio. This wine is an icon of Raffaldini Vineyards; a representation of more than twenty years of pioneering winemaking. An opaque, brooding, and intense red wine made from Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, and Sagrantino grapes, aged in 100% new French Oak evokes a luxurious symphony of flavor, leaning in with dark fruits, spice, and earth. 

We invite you to stop by on Saturday, December 10, chat with Jay about how we made the Patrimonio, and enjoy a complimentary sample of this extraordinary release. Patrimonio is a limited-quantity wine. Bottles will be available for sale to enjoy or to take home while quantities last.
RSVP - Patrimonio Release
Patrimonio Release - Add a Ticket
 
Riserva Club Holiday Dinner Click for a larger view
Saturday, December 10 | 5:45pm - 9:30pm
$99 Per Person Dinner Only | $130 Per Person Dinner + Shuttle

We invite our Riserva Club Members to celebrate the holiday season with us. Enjoy a decadent holiday dinner featuring Raffaldini Wine Pairings that our Riserva Club Members are sure to love! 
 
The evening will begin promptly at 5:45 pm with a holiday concert performed by our talented friends Jersey Roche and Justin Traxler.  We will then proceed to dinner at 6:30 pm. Attendees will need to select the primo course and the secondo course. Also, please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. Click the menu image to view a larger size. 
 
Be sure to stop in earlier that day. We will also be releasing to wine club members a very, very special wine called Patrimonio. The release will be held at the winery from 1 pm to 3 pm on December 10. An additional RSVP to attend will be required.  

To purchase your tickets to the Riserva Holiday dinner and make your menu selections please email by clicking below. 
Riserva Club Dinner
 
Salon Tasting Raffaldini Patrimonio 2019
Saturday, January 21 | 1:00pm-3:00pm
$65 Wine Club | $70 General Admission

You're invited to join Owner Jay Raffaldini and Winemaker Chris Nelson for a very special event to be held at the Winery. Raffaldini Patrimonio (translated from the Italian as Heritage or Legacy) and as the name implies is the flagship wine that we make. Unlike our heralded Grande Riserva which we make in the style of Super Tuscans, Patrimonio is crafted for those who love Napa-style wines.

The salon tasting event will consist of a Blind Tasting of the Patrimonio against four other highly ranked and well known wines along with heavy Hors D'oeuvres. See for yourself how Raffaldini Wine compares to some of the top rated wines in the world. To celebrate this event our sparkling wine Auguri will be served as everyone assembles.  Attendance is limited to sixty people. This year, Christmas comes early for the wine lover on your list! Give the gift of wine this holiday season. 
Reserve now - Wine Club
Reserve now - General Admission
 

Food Trucks

November 

Saturday, November 19 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, November 20 - Dogs R' Us

Saturday, November 27 - Dogs R' Us

December 

Saturday, December 3 - Dogs R' Us

Saturday, December 10 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, December 11 - Dogs R' Us


Saturday, December 17 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, December 18 - Dogs R' Us



Family Days: 

Friday, November 25 - Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
 
We Are Closed Thanksgiving Day - Raffaldini Vineyards will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow our staff and their families an opportunity to celebrate together.  We welcome you to join us on Friday, November 25 for our Afternoon of Holiday Cheer!
 

Beyond The Vines...Into The Community

Raffaldini Pairs with Second Harvest of NWNC


We are proud to partner with the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNCPlease bring a non-perishable food item as we "fill the barrel with food" for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. Here is a list of the most needed items. Or you can make a donation here.

We believe that addressing hunger and its roots causes is a responsibility shared by the public and private sectors and concerned individuals to ensure the health, vitality, and well-being of our communities and nation. 

We believe that building a vibrant, resilient, and thriving community requires that we challenge ourselves and others to deeper levels of conversation and action.

We believe that everyone has gifts to share toward ending hunger and its root causes: our time, our talents, our voice, and our food and financial resources. 

Give Now
 
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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November 1, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

November Newsletter

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Assemblaggio!
Grande Riserva Blending Trials
Weekends in November | 1pm - 3pm 
$50 General Admission | $45 Wine Club
Space is limited!
 
We are excited to unveil the first taste of our 2021 red wines! After careful aging, these rich, dark reds are ready for blending and we need you to help us determine the blend for the Raffaldini Grande Riserva, our most powerful red wine!

Assemblaggio is a two-hour educational wine experience led by Owner Jay Raffaldini and winemaker Chris Nelson 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 season. 

Read more.

Available Dates (click for more info or to purchase): 



Sunday, November 13 - General Admission
Sunday, November 13 - Wine Club

Sunday, November 20 - General Admission
Sunday, November 20 - Wine Club

Family Day - Veteran's Day
Friday, November 11  11am - 5pm

All ages welcome! We invite our active and retired military and service members to join us for a special gift. Bring the entire family and relax on the piazza or our grounds with a glass of your favorite Raffaldini wine while we reflect on the service of our veterans.


 
Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
Friday, November 25 | 11am - 5pm 

The Holidays are in full swing, and we invite you to help us prepare for the holidays! The entire family will enjoy holiday shopping and live tunes while you craft your own holiday decorations, and enjoy complimentary cookies and apple cider while the little ones write letters to Santa. 

Local musician RG Absher will entertain you with holiday tunes on a wide variety of instruments including Hammered Dulcimer, Violin, acoustic guitar, classic guitar, and banjo! RG is a Wilkes County native and a regular at MerleFest. His music includes a rich folk tradition and haunting Celtic sounds from Ireland and Scotland.

Beginning November 5, please bring a non-perishable food item as we "fill the barrel with food" for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. Here is a list of the most needed items

 
Admission is Free to Everyone, but we ask that you please RSVP! Come out an join us for a day full of Holiday Cheer!
 
 

Food Trucks

November 

Saturday, November 5 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, November 6 - Dogs R' Us

Friday, November 11 - Dogs R' Us
Saturday, November 12 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, November 13 - Twin City Minis

Saturday, November 19 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, November 20 - Dogs R' Us

Saturday, November 27 - Dogs R' Us



Family Days: 
Friday, November 11 - Veteran's Day
Friday, November 25 - Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
 
We Are Closed Thanksgiving Day - Raffaldini Vineyards will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow our staff and their families an opportunity to celebrate together.  We welcome you to join us on Friday, November 25 for our Afternoon of Holiday Cheer!
 
Beyond The Vines...Into The Community


Raffaldini Pairs with Second Harvest of NWNC 

We are proud to partner with the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. To celebrate their annual "Farm to Second Harvest" dinner we are pairing Raffaldini wines with dishes made from Winston-Salem area chefs all for a great cause. 

We believe that addressing hunger and its roots causes is a responsibility shared by the public and private sectors and concerned individuals to ensure the health, vitality, and well-being of our communities and nation. 

We believe that building a vibrant, resilient, and thriving community requires that we challenge ourselves and others to deeper levels of conversation and action.

We believe that everyone has gifts to share toward ending hunger and its root causes: our time, our talents, our voice, and our food and financial resources. 

Beginning November 5, please bring a non-perishable food item as we "fill the barrel with food" for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. Here is a list of the most needed items. Or you can make a donation here

Give Now
 
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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September 30, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

October Newsletter

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Thats a wrap! 17th Annual Festa Italiana

A sincere grazie mille to all our friends and family, staff and vendors who attended and made our 17th Annual Festa Italiana a smashing success! Check out photos from the event, and mark your calendars for our 18th Annual Festa Italiana, September 16 & 17, 2023!
Harvest Update
 
While it was up and down for most of the year the weather turned absolutely perfect the last three weeks allowing harvest to end right before the Hurricane arrived. We harvested a record amount of fruit and also dried the most with both Fruttaio rooms working overtime. Wines are truly exceptional in depth, color and structure and we look forward to sharing them with you in the years to come.
 
Assemblaggio! Grande Riserva Blending Trials
Weekends in November | 1pm - 3pm 
$50 General Admission | $45 Wine Club
 
We are excited to unveil the first taste of our 2021 red wines! After careful aging, these rich, dark reds are ready for blending and we need you to help us determine the blend for the Raffaldini Grande Riserva, our most powerful red wine!

Assemblaggio is a two-hour educational wine experience led by Owner Jay Raffaldini and winemaker Chris Nelson 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 season. 

Read more.

Available Dates (click for more info or to purchase): 

Saturday, November 5 - General Admission

Saturday, November 5 - Wine Club

Sunday, November 6 - General Admission
Sunday, November 6 - Wine Club


Saturday, November 12 - General Admission
Saturday, November 12 - Wine Club

Sunday, November 13 - General Admission
Sunday, November 13 - Wine Club

Saturday, November 19 - General Admission
Saturday, November 19 - Wine Club

Sunday, November 20 - General Admission
Sunday, November 20 - Wine Club

 
 
Four Season Fall Wine Dinner
Saturday, October 22| 6:30pm - 9pm

The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Fall 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 is $99.00 + tax per person and is all-inclusive. Or $130.00 + tax per person that is all-inclusive and includes shuttle service from either the Fairfield Inn in Elkin or the Hampton Inn in Jonesville.
Dinner + Shuttle
Dinner Only
Take a Hike Sunday October 23rd, 2022 • 10:30AM - 1PM General AdmissionTake a Hike With Jay Raffaldini
Sunday, October 23, 2022 | 10:30am - 1pm

Join owner 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 and breads -- of course accompanied with wine! Tickets include: hike, lunch and two glasses of wine. $50 plus tax per person, general admission. $45 plus tax per person, wine club. 

Buy Now | General Admission
Buy Now | Wine Club
 

Food Trucks

October 

Saturday, October 8 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, October 9 - Dogs R' Us 

Saturday, October 15 - Dogs R' Us

Sunday, October 16 - Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza

Saturday, October 22 - Dogs R' Us

Sunday, October 23 - Cousin's Maine Lobster

Sunday, October 30 - Dogs R' Us

Family Days: 

Monday, October 31 - Halloween

 
 

Beyond The Vines...Into The Community


 
Raffaldini is honored to sponsor Piedmont Opera as it kicks off its Season: “45 Years of Glorious Music” with its performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. We hope to see you at the Opera!
Buy Now
 
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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September 10, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Festa Italiana 9/17 - 9/18

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Festa Italiana is One Week Away 🇮🇹
Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18
All Ages Welcome! Rain or Shine

Saturday, September 17
Sunday, September 18

What is Festa Italiana?

A grand celebration of all things Italian! The epicenter of Italian culture in the Piedmont is here on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 as food vendorsmusiciansartists 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. Tickets are $20 per person and include parking, admission to the festival, commemorative Festa Italiana wine glass and a glass of Raffaldini wine. Pre-sale will be available until Thursday, September 15 at 5pm. Day of tickets will be $25 and are available at the gate. 




 


Small Sessions 
Immerse Your Experience!


Enjoy the festival atmosphere or join one of our breakout sessions on the Fattoria deck featuring in depth discussions with Jay Raffaldini and our team on winemaking, vineyard, and more! 

Small Sessions:

The small sessions at the locations listed below (limited to 50 seats – first come first serve) will be as follows:


SATURDAY:

12:00 pm – 12:50 pm - The Vineyards of Raffaldini
Join Jason Krug, Vineyard Manager and owner Jay Raffaldini to learn about Raffaldini history, the vineyard and this year’s harvest while walking in the vines.

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Winemaking Raffaldini style
Join Raffaldini winemaker Chris Nelson for an informative and fun session on winemaking and this year’s wine.
  

SUNDAY:

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm – The Vineyards of Raffaldini
Join owner Jay Raffaldini to learn about  about Raffaldini history,  the vineyard and this year’s harvest while walking in the vines.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Winemaking Raffaldini style
Join Raffaldini winemaker Chris Nelson for an informative and fun session on winemaking and this year’s wine.

Learn More

Food Trucks & Vendors

Raffaldini Vineyards invites food trucks, artisans, and vendors from across the southeast region to participate in our annual Festa Italiana. Click here for a comprehensive list of our weekend offerings.
 

Meet Your Entertainers

We've been fortunate to gather together some of the best rising stars and accomplished performers in the arts of dance, jazz, classical, opera, and more. We hope you will enjoy the talented work of these remarkable individuals as much as we have enjoyed getting to know them over the years. 
 

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September 1, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

September Newsletter

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Harvest Has Begun! 

Our winemaking team has been hard at work this week picking the first fruit of the 2022 vintage! Our newest varietal, Trebbiano was the first off the vine as the newest component in our sparkling wine program. We look forward to the crisp fruit flavor and creamy texture this grape will bring to our traditional method sparkling wine, Auguri. Stop by the Villa during the month of September and you may catch harvest in action! 
Traditional Amphorae Added to Winery
 
We are proud to announce the news of our two new arrivals from Sonoma. These two custom made concrete Amphoras each weighing two and a half tons will be used to further sharpen and enhance our Vermentino Superiore. Concrete and its predecessor clay were frequently used to ferment and age wine instead of oak barrels and more recently stainless steel. While stainless steel does not impart any oak flavors it also does not allow oxygen to exchange which enhances wines. By contrast oak barrels allow oxygen to exchange but can impart flavors that dilute the purity of the fruit. Concrete will deliver the best of both of both worlds, oxygen passage and no flavor pick up. We are very excited to see these wines and you will be able to taste it when the 2022 Vermentino comes out on March 2023.
Saturday, September 3 - Gallo Nero Release
Wine Club Members
 
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.
RSVP - Wine Club
 



Saturday, September 3 - Monday, September 5 - Labor Day Weekend Family Day

Labor Day Weekend at Raffaldini Vineyards means relaxing with family and friends, drinking wine, eating some delicious food from Dogs R' Us under Carolina blue skies. Raffaldini invites you to bring the entire family to enjoy the holiday with us. 
 
Raffaldini Vineyards and a/perture Cinema present: 
Cinema Raffaldini - Sideways 
Saturday, September 10
 
Raffaldini Vineyards is proud to support the arts in the Yadkin Valley. We are partnering with our friends at a/perture Cinema in Winston-Salem, a non-profit, independent theater to bring you an evening of Italian cinema under the stars!

For the past decade and more, a/perture has been serving the community the art of film and providing a communal cinematic experience. They screen over 250 films and special events annually, with more than 4,000 screenings per year. a/perture is the only dedicated year-round art house cinema in the Piedmont Triad. 

Dinner will include pizza from our friends at Dom Bakeries, popcorn, and a glass of Raffaldini wine with more available for purchase to enjoy during the screening as you watch the film Sideways under the stars. 

Tickets for this special fun dinner and movie experience at Raffaldini are $30 +tax per person, and help support a/perture. Outdoor seating will be provided, but if you want to bring a blanket that is fine too.
 
Dinner and mingling will begin at 7pm with movie showtime at 8pm. We hope you will join us in supporting the arts in our community. 
General Admission
Wine Club Members
 
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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Upcoming Events
 
Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner | Fall - Sat., Oct. 22
Buy Now Dinner
Buy Now Dinner + Shuttle



Take a Hike! With Jay Raffaldini 
Buy Now General Admission
Buy Now Wine Club



Assemblaggio! Grande Riserva Blending Trials 
Buy Now Weekends in November

 
 

Food Trucks

September 

Saturday, September 3 Dogs R' Us 
Sunday, September 4 Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Labor Day Monday, September 5 Dogs R' Us 


Sunday, September 11 Twin City Minis

Saturday, September 24 - Dogs R' Us
Sunday, September 25 - Dogs R' Us 
 
Beyond The Vines...Into The Community

Bookmarks is celebrating the launch of our 17th annual Festival of Books & Authors!


Join Barbara Raffaldini at some of these downtown events as she volunteers during the Festival of Books and Authors, including opening ceremony with Taylor Jenkins Reid and a closing conversation with Neil Degrasse Tyson! Click here to learn more about the festival.

Bookmarks began as an annual book festival in 2004. The Festival of Books & Authors has since grown to be the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, reaching tens of thousands of readers each year. Since its beginnings as a book festival, Bookmarks has grown to be a 501(c)(3) literary arts nonprofit organization and bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem. All of Bookmarks' programming, including the Festival of Books & Authors, is part of the organization's mission to connect people in the community with books and authors. 

Click here to learn more about Bookmarks' history and mission. Raffaldini is proud to be the official  winery sponsor of this great organization.

 
 
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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August 2, 2022 | Raffaldini Vineyards

August Newsletter

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Rosé All Day with Cape Fear Living!
 
Jay Raffaldini and our Girasole Rosé were the feature in this article from Cape Fear Living. Hear from Jay about what makes our Girasole special and check out some other awesome #NCWine rosés! 
 
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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.
More Info
Saturday, August 20 - Raffaldini & JOLO: RARA Collaboration Red Wine Blend Release Party
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Join Raffaldini Vineyards and JOLO Vineyards as they unveil the fifth vintage of their collaborative red wine blend, RARA. Raffaldini Vineyards owner, along with JOLO Vineyards owner will be at each session to discuss their creation as well as sign bottles of this collectable wine. We will start the day at 11:30am at Raffaldini Vineyards with a special conversation with Jay and JW and then move to JOLO Vineyards to enjoy more wine and conversation. This is a complimentary event. PLEASE RSVP AS SPACE IS LIMITED. 

RSVP
 

Food Trucks


Saturday, August 6 Rivera Brothers Mexican Food Truck
Sunday, August 7 Rivera Brothers Mexican Food Truck

Sunday, August 14 – Southern On Wheels 


Saturday, August 20 – Wraps Around the World & The Cannoli Man

Sunday, August 28 – Southern On Wheels 

 
 
 
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.
RSVP
 
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
Buy Now
17th Annual Festa Italiana
Sunday, September 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
Buy Now
Beyond The Vines...Into The Community
 
Jay Raffaldini and Chris Nelson in conjunction with Barbara Raffaldini and Bella Ventures Travel, with a group of wine club members while on a 10 day tour of the Piemonte region of Italy, stopped in for a visit at the production facility of Gamba SRL. There they met with Mauro Gamba  and saw where the botti (large oval and round wooden casks which are the equivalent of 11 barrels) that Raffaldini uses in its winery, are produced.  Located in Castell’Alfero d’Asti  (in Piemonte Italy), the Gamba family has handed down the ancient art of the master cooper from father to son for seven generations.  As early as the 1800s, ovals and round botti, along with barrels and vats were being built in their workshop for wineries in Italy and its neighboring countries.  Today Eugenio Gamba and his son Mauro continue the tradition of master cooper in a new workshop not far from the original one in which production was carried out for over 150 years until 1991.  Today, traditional methods are now supported by technology, but Gamba’s mission remains the same, which is to focus on selecting the finest wood so that the wines aged within each vessel they craft will be the highest quality produced.
 
 
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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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. 
RSVP - Wine Club
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.
More Info
 
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. 

Buy Now - Dinner Only
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.
RSVP
 
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
Buy Now
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
Buy Now
 
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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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.

Wines

These wines represent the culmination of twenty years of winemaking at our estate. You can learn more from Jay Raffaldini about the wines here. 
Confirm Your Selections
 
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. 
RSVP
 
Benefits to Membership

Classico: 
  • 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
Superiore:
  • 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. 
Billing:

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.

 
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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.

Salute!



 

Jay Raffaldini on behalf of La Famiglia Raffaldini

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