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Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery LLC

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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.

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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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June 10, 2017 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini June Newsletter

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Big Reds Almost Out!

Our 2014 Montepulciano Riserva will be sold out before the end of June. This North Carolina Fine Wine Society Best in Show winner received an 89 point score from Italian wine writer, James Suckling, formerly of Wine Spectator. James calls it "A medium fruity wine with firm tannins and a juicy undertone. Tangy acidity and a clean finish. Has the earthy, fruity character of Montepulciano." The 2014 Montepulciano Riserva will sell out approximately six weeks prior to the release of the 2015 Montepulciano Riserva.

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Upcoming Events
Jay Raffaldini with last year's winner, Hershey.
Saturday, June 17: Pino Vino IX Release

Help us celebrate the next ambassador of the Pino Vino IX Wine Label Competition and support local animal shelters by purchasing this newly-labeled wine. Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini as he introduces the winner, then "pet the pooch" to raise funds for all rescue animals. 
Sunday, June 18: Father's Day Brunch

Celebrate tuo padre with a buffet brunch overlooking Raffaldini Vineyards! Bring the entire family and your camera for a one-of-a-kind photo surrounded by our breathtaking rolling vineyards. Enjoy a casual game of bocce or relax with some live music from Justin Nelson. Reservations include buffet brunch, two glasses of Raffaldini wine, and a Riedel crystal wine glass.
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Sunday, July 30: An Afternoon in Tuscany

This is the next best thing to a trip to Tuscany! Dine al fresco family-style among the vines while serenaded by soprano Irene King, singing some of her favorite Italian songs.
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Saturday, August 12: Four Seasons Summer Wine Tasting Dinner 

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. Share your food and wine passion with new friends in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, la dolce vita! 
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Friday, September 8: Vine To Wine, an Intimate Harvest Experience

It's picking time! Be a part of the winemaking process at Raffaldini Vineyards. You'll taste wines that are currently in production with our winemaking team and enjoy a traditional harvest wine dinner. Work side by side with owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini, and the rest of the team during this exclusive experience. 
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Upcoming Food Trucks & Musicians
Food Trucks
Saturday, June 17 - Snack Wagon
Sunday, June 18 - Snack Wagon
Sunday, July 2 - Porchetta
Monday, July 3 - Porchetta
Live Music
Sunday, June 18 - Justin Nelson
Monday, July 3 - Colin Allured
Click here for a full list of events. Other upcoming events include the following. 
 
July 3: Independence Day Celebration-Music, Gelato & Food Truck in the Vineyard
July 9: Cibo e Vino-Complimentary Wine and Food Pairing
July 16: Raffaldini Farmers Market

July 23: Euro Car Show
Beyond the Vines and Into the Community
We are excited to renew our commitment with Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue's annual Woofstock festival. Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue is dedicated to improving animal welfare, fostering a humane community, and building positive bonds between people and animals that last a lifetime. 
The NC Department of Transportation has begun the process of paving Groce Road. We gave them access to our recently purchased land adjacent to Groce Road so they can reshape the approach to Raffaldini with more sweeping and elegant contours. It will be beautiful when it is completed later this year. 
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May 2, 2017 | Raffaldini Vineyards

May Newsletter

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Our Signature Red Wine, 2014 Grande Riserva, Almost Sold Out
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Less than 15 cases of this coveted wine remain for sale in our tasting room. Purchase limits are one case per person for wine club members and six bottles per person for the general public. Our next vintage release of the Grande Riserva will be in mid-December 2017. 

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.

Purchase Grande Riserva


 



Spring Wine Club Package Currently Available Click here to purchase
Featuring First Vintage of New Varietal Sagrantino
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Don't forget to purchase your 2017 Spring Wine Club Package containing the inaugural release of our newest red varietal, Sagrantino. This varietal hails from Umbria and is one of the rarest in the world with less than one-thousand acres planted worldwide. Our debut Sagrantino is from the spectacular 2015 vintage that was hot and dry, just like in Sagrantino's native Umbria. The Spring Wine Club Package will also contain the 2016 vintage of our classic white, Vermentino Superiore, and the 2015 Bella Misto. In addition to the wines, each package contains a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker's notes and recipes to pair with the wines, a list of upcoming events including an invitation to our Summer Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner.

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

                                   


EVENTS CALENDAR 2017
MAY EVENTS

33095823790_1dca7986bb_bVineyards of Swan Creek Herb Celebration 
Fri., May 5 | 12pm-5pm | Sat., May 6| 12pm-6pm | Sun., May 7 12pm-5pm | $35+tax per couple 

Join the Vineyards of Swan Creek as we celebrate spring with a wine and food pairing prepared with each vineyard's signature herb. Each card is good for two-1 ounce food & wine tastings and a 4-inch potted herb from each of the seven participating vineyards. Tickets will sell out and only a few are left so please make your reservations now. $35 + tax per couple. This event is for those age 21 and over. Only a few tickets remain, please call 336.835.1547 to confirm. 
 

 

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Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker - Wine Club Member Exclusive
Saturday, May 13 |  1pm - 3pm | $25 per person

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to sample wines from our cellar straight out of the barrel 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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34157550801_fdcc6d6cd8_bMamma Mia! Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 14 - 12pm-2pm| Tasting Room open 12pm-5pm | $50+tax per person, including two glasses of Raffaldini wine

Celebrate La Tua Madre with brunch at Raffaldini Vineyards! Enjoy an Italian-inspired buffet overlooking the mountains beginning at 12pm while enjoying the music of local pianist Justin Nelson. Every mother attending the brunch will receive an Italian cookie called Baci di Dama, or "Lady's Kiss," to enjoy.

Tickets are $50 plus tax per person, and include two glasses of Raffaldini wine. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email our Event Planning team for more information or to make a reservation. Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to seven 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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Memorial Day Celebration - Music in the Vineyard
Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day | 11am-5pm | Tasting Room Hours 11am-5pm | Free Admission

Kick off the Summer season and enjoy your Memorial Day with an afternoon of wine, music and food at Raffaldini Vineyards! Celebrate the start of Summer with an eclectic mix of music performed by Pianist Justin Nelson and make a day of it with a picnic from our fully-stocked deli case or pizza and gelato from Gianno's of High Point, NC to enjoy with your Raffaldini wines. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.526.1078 or email our Event Planning Team for more information. Veterans and active service members will also receive a complimentary wine tasting or glass of wine with valid military ID.

Raffaldini Vineyards will be open Memorial Day weekend and Memorial Day Monday!

 
 
 
 


 
MAY OFFSITE EVENTS
Yadkin Valley Wine Festival (Our Tasting Room, Villa Raffaldini, will be open from 11am-5pm)
Saturday, May 20, 2016 | 11am-5pm | Elkin Municipal 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Join Raffaldini Vineyards and other wineries from the Yadkin Valley at the annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. Held at Elkin Municipal Park, the festival is open to the public, including families with children. Craft vendor displays and music will take place adjacent to the wine tasting area. There will be a roving Bacchus and other activities for children. Please note the festival ends at 5p.m, but stick around for the Yadkin Valley Wine Down along Elkin's Main Street from 6pm-9pm. For your safety and the safety of others, the festival asks that you please leave your pets at home.

FESTIVAL TICKET PRICES: $22 IN ADVANCE; $30 AT THE GATE
(Call the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce at 336.526.1111 to reserve your tickets
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Food Truck Season is Here! 

Gianno’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Sunday, April 30
Sunday, May 21
Monday, May 29


Snack Wagon
Sunday, May 14
 
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Beyond the Vines & Into the Community
Raffaldini Vineyards is proud to be the artistic sponsor and official winery of the Piedmont Opera. The Piedmont Opera celebrating the the 26th Annual Magnolia Ball, their largest fundraiser of the year, on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the Millenium Center. Join Jay & Barbara Raffaldini for a night celebrating the arts.

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Raffaldini Vineyards is open year-round and there’s something for everyone on our full 2017 Events Calendar.  Check out our calendar for the perfect Spring outing.

 

                                                                                                                                               Salute!                                   
                                                                                                                                            

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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Spring in the Vineyards - Update from Zachary Adams, Vineyard Manager & Austin Brown, Viticulturist
As you make the drive up the rolling hills to Villa Raffaldini you will start to see the first signs that our vines are coming out of dormancy. We have reached the phases of bud swell (left) and bud burst (right) in which leaves, shoots and clusters start forming. This season, you will also see the addition of 2,500 vines that include Nero D'Avola, Vermentino and Sagrantino across the vineyard.

 

Screen-Shot-2015-03-23-at-4.43.59-PMVermentino Superiore Wins Gold at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Our Vermentino Superiore earned a gold medal at the prestigious and highly-competitive San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. With more than 6,300 wines entered from over 28 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world. This newly released 2016 vintage features flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, green apple, and ocean spray. Vermentino's refreshing acidity makes it a wonderful pairing for seafood and other entreés.
Purchase Vermentino Superiore

 

 
 
 
Vote For Barbara Raffaldini in the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards - 
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We're excited to announce that our very own Barbara Raffaldini is a nominee for the 2017 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards in Winston-Salem! Barbara serves on the board of BookmarksPiedmont Opera, and coordinates giving at Raffaldini Vineyards. Please vote for Barbara by clicking here. You can vote once per day until April 9. Help us share the word!

 





 
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Jay Raffaldini Speaking at TEDxRaleigh, April 22, at the Lincoln Theatre - Purchase Tickets
Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini is speaking at this year's TEDxRaleigh conference, on Saturday, April 22 in downtown Raleigh at the historic Lincoln Theatre. TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. The agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. The theme of this year's TEDxRaleigh is #Foundations. For more info and details, visit the TEDxRaleigh web site



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Take a Hike! with Jay Raffaldini and Steve Nelson
Sunday, April 9| 10:30am - 1pm | $50 + tax per person

Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini and long time NC resident and outdoorsman Steve Nelson as they take you on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property! Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out. Enjoy a unique vineyard perspective as you hike through the woods and up the hill overlooking the vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountains.

The hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup and fresh Italian breads paired with Raffaldini wine. Forty-five dollars plus tax per person includes hike, lunch and two glasses of wine. This event is for those aged 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.


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Vineyards of Swan Creek Spring Wine Release
Saturday, April 8 12pm-5pm | Sunday, April 9 1pm-5pm | Free Admission
Join the Vineyards of Swan Creek for the release of our Spring Wines. On Saturday & Sunday, enjoy a complimentary sample of a featured wine release alongside a sample food pairing at each of the five Vineyards of Swan Creek. Check with each vineyard for their specific event details. For a map of participating vineyards and directions please visit the Vineyards of Swan Creek website. This event is for those aged 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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Saturday, April 15 | 1pm,2pm & 3pm | Free Admission


The tradition of la ruzzola, which dates back to the ancient Etruscans is still played on Little Easter in many small towns across Italy. Join in the rolling of the cheese with your entire family to celebrate Little Easter and the arrival of Spring! Each winner of la ruzzola will receive their choice of cheese from Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy, who will be on-site sampling and selling their delicious assortment of cheeses. This is an event for the entire family. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information.

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Attention animal lovers! Raffaldini Vineyards is searching for a rescue dog to be featured on the label of its red wine, Pino Vino IX. Part of the proceeds of the sale of this wine benefit local animal rescue organizations.
 
Raffaldini Vineyards Pino Vino I through VIII wines each featured a picture of a rescue dog that was chosen from entries submitted by their owners. Pino Vino IX will feature the picture of the winning dog chosen from this year’s entries. The wine will be released at a special unveiling ceremony on Saturday, June 17. Send us a photo of your rescue dog along with a story in 50 words or less. Entries must be received by April 25th.


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Wine Club Referral Day
Saturday, April 29 | 12pm - 4pm | Free Admission
Share your love of Raffaldini wines. Bring your friends and family to spend the afternoon at the winery with Owner and Winemaker, Jay Raffaldini. While you are there, tour the winery and taste directly from the barrel. For every wine club you refer, you will be entered into a raffle to win some prizes. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information. 
 

 

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Featuring First Vintage of New Varietal Sagrantino

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

Important Info for Wine Club Members

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

 
Food Truck Season is Here! 

Gianno’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Sunday, April 30
Sunday, May 21
Monday, May 29

Porchetta
Saturday, April 1
Sunday, April 2

Snack Wagon
Sunday, April 9
Saturday, April 15
Sunday, April 16
Sunday, May 14
 
 

Mark Your Calendars!
May Events
Fri., May 5-Sun., May 7 - Vineyards of Swan Creek Herb Celebration Make Reservations
Sat. May 13 - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker - Wine Club Make Reservations
Sun. May 14 - Mamma Mia! Mother's Day Brunch Make Reservations
Sat. May 20 - Yadkin Valley Wine Festival offsite in Elkin, NC (Our Tasting Room will be open too!)
Mon. May 29 - Memorial Day Celebration (We are open)

Sat. June 3 - Sagra Delle Salsicce Winery Grilling Luncheon Make Reservations

Raffaldini Vineyards is open year-round and there is something for everyone on our full 2017 Events Calendar.  Check out our calendar for the perfect Spring outing.
                                 

                                                                                                                                             Salute!                                   
                                                                                                                                            

La Famiglia Raffaldini

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC

Best in Show, Best Red Vinifera 2014 Montepulciano Riserva | 2017 NC Fine Wines 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.

 
Time Posted: Mar 31, 2017 at 12:10 PM
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March 22, 2017 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Searching For Pino Vino IX

Jay Raffaldini with Hershey, Pino Vino VIII Winner. Ronda, N.C., March 22, 2017—Attention animal lovers! Raffaldini Vineyards is searching for a rescue dog to feature on the label of its red wine, Pino Vino IX. This is the ninth release of Pino Vino, and like previous vintages, a portion of Pino Vino IX wine sales is donated to local, no kill animal rescue organizations in support of all rescue animals.

“Our goal for this competition is to raise awareness for rescued pets and provide them with the compassion that all animals deserve,” said Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini. “We are touched by the unconditional support demonstrated by our participants towards animals in need, and in the end, we are all winners because of the impact and inspiration these special creatures have on our lives.”

Raffaldini Vineyards is accepting submissions of rescue dogs until April 30, 2017. The winning rescue dog will be revealed at a special unveiling ceremony at 1pm on Saturday, June 17.  

Entries can be sent to pinovino@raffaldini.com. Please include your name, contact information, your dog’s name, a digital photo of your rescue dog, and their rescue story in 50 words or less. The Pino Vino IX winner will be notified on May 5.

About Raffaldini Vineyards

One of Wine Business Monthly’s Top Ten Hot Small Brands in North America, family-owned Raffaldini Vineyards is known as “Chianti in the Carolinas,” producing Central and Southern Italian varietals such as Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Montepulciano. This year, the Raffaldini Montepulciano Riserva was named “Best in Show” and “Best Red Vinifera” at the NC Fine Wines Competition. Raffaldini hosts public and private events throughout the year. Visit the web site, www.raffaldini.com, call 336.835.9463 or email info@raffaldini.com for more information.

 

Time Posted: Mar 22, 2017 at 12:40 PM
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March 8, 2017 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Acclaimed Yadkin Valley Winemakers Collaborate on Red Wine Blend

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Ronda, N.C., March 8, 2017 – JOLO Vineyards in Pilot Mountain and Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda will release a special wine commemorating the friendship of owners JW Ray and Jay Raffaldini on Saturday, March 11th.

“What an honor and privilege to make a wine with a good friend that represents our respective passions for the winegrowing craft and the Yadkin Valley,” JOLO Founder JW Ray said. “What a pleasure to put this magic in a bottle with my dear friend Jay.”JW Ray (left) and Jay Raffaldini (right) pose at the NC Fine Wines Awards Banquet.

The wine is a collaboration among long-time friends, JW Ray and Jay Raffaldini, two of the Yadkin Valley’s most passionate winemakers. Raffaldini and Ray are dedicated to producing ultra-premium wine and believe deeply in the incredible potential of this wine region. The wines contents, name and packaging are being kept secret until release day.

“I’m very fond of JW and the wines at JOLO.” Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini, said. “I’m excited to create a wine that represents our storied friendship and the many years of dedication to our craft.” 

The day’s events kick off at noon at Raffaldini Vineyards where Raffaldini and Ray will lead an intimate gathering, discussing the winemaking technique and their personal stories over light refreshments. At 3p.m. the party moves to JOLO for more storytelling, tasting and passed hors d’oeuvres.

A very limited number of bottles will be available for sale at JOLO and Raffaldini Vineyards while supplies last. Bottles are priced at $40.  

About JOLO Winery & Vineyards

JOLO Winery & Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned, boutique winery in the picturesque Yadkin Valley AVA in Pilot Mountain. We produce extraordinary wines that reflect the terroir.  We are open for wine tastings most Thursdays through Sundays and we pour at many local wine tasting events throughout the year. Wines are available for purchase at the winery, on the website, and at selected retail locations. 

About Raffaldini Vineyards

Known as “Chianti in the Carolinas” Raffaldini currently produces North Carolina’s highest rated red wine, Sangiovese, and other varieties including Vermentino, Pinot Grigio and Montepulciano. Raffaldini hosts public and private events throughout the year. Please visit our web site, www.raffaldini.com, call 336.835.9463 or email info@raffaldini.com for more information.

 

Time Posted: Mar 8, 2017 at 9:12 AM
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March 3, 2017 | Raffaldini Vineyards

March Newsletter

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Montepulciano Riserva Wins Best in Show, Best Red Vinifera Wine
Our 2014 Montepulciano Riserva took home top honors at the North Carolina Fine Wines Society 
inaugural competition on Saturday, February 18th. Our 2014 Sangiovese Classico was also named one of the top 12 wines in North Carolina and awarded a coveted space in the NC Fine Wines Case. All of the wines that we submitted earned medals, including Montepulciano Riserva, Sangiovese Classico, Grande RiservaVermentino Superiore and Girasole

Our friend James Suckling recently tasted and scored a round of our current vintages. James awarded our Grande Riserva 
89 points and described the wine as "a fun and fascinating blend of montepulciano-based red with dried fruit, stem and rose petal character. Medium to full body, plenty of fruit and a savory finish. Shows promise. Drink now."

Montepulciano Riserva 2014, Best In Show, Best Red Vinifera - NC Fine Wines; 89 Points, James Suckling. "A medium fruity wine with firm tannins and a juicy undertone. Tangy acidity and a clean finish. Has the earthy, fruity character of montepulciano. Drink now."

Sangiovese Classico 2014 - NC Fine Wines Case Award. 88 points, James Suckling. "Good quality with dried berry, orange peel and cedar character. Medium body, light tannins and savory finish. Drink and enjoy."

 
Our Winemaking Team Accepts the Award for Best in Show at the 2017 NC Fine Wines Competition
 

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

Click Here to Purchase

Important Info for Wine Club Members

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


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Join us for the Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 
Friday, March 3, Saturday, March 4,  Sunday, March 5 | 12pm-4pm | TR Hours: Fri. & Sat. 11am-5pm - Sun. 12pm-5pm

Don't miss the first opportunity to pick up your all-new Spring Wine Club package! Enjoy a complimentary food and wine tasting featuring one of the new Wine Club releases paired with a recipe from your Wine Club Package. On Saturday, join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for a unique look into this new vintage at one of our 30-minute information sessions at 1pm and 3pm. Exclusive wine club tastings and pairings will be held from 12pm-4pm on all three days. Tasting room hours are: Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm; and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information.

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

 
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Vineyards of Swan Creek Wine and Cheese Celebration
Saturday, March 5 | 11am-5pm | Sunday, March 6 | 12pm-5pm | Free Admission
Join Raffaldini Vineyards and the Vineyards of Swan Creek as each vineyard on the Swan Creek wine trail pairs one of its wines with a unique, local cheese from Ashe County Cheese. Enjoy complimentary samples at each vineyard for a delicious way to spend your weekend. Please visit the Vineyards of Swan Creek web site for directions, details and business hours for each of the five vineyards. This event is for those aged 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information.

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Special Collaboration wine release featuring Raffaldini Vineyards and JOLO Winery & Vineyards
Saturday, March 11 | 12pm-2pm at Raffaldini | 3pm-5pm at JOLO Winery & Vineyards | Free Admission
 
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JOLO Vineyards in Pilot Mountain and Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda will release a special wine commemorating the friendship of owners JW Ray and Jay Raffaldini on Saturday, March 11th. The collaboration features two of the Yadkin Valley’s most passionate winemakers. Raffaldini and Ray are dedicated to producing ultra-premium wine and believe deeply in the incredible potential of this wine region. The wines contents, name and packaging are being kept secret until release day.

The day’s events kick off at noon at Raffaldini Vineyards where Raffaldini and Ray will lead an intimate gathering, discussing the winemaking technique and their personal stories over light refreshments. At 3p.m. the party moves to JOLO for more storytelling, tasting and passed hors d’oeuvres. A very limited number of bottles will be available for sale at JOLO and Raffaldini Vineyards while supplies last. Bottles are priced at $40. 
 

NC Fine Wines Showcase Event
Tuesday, March 14 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm |at the Duke Mansion | Charlotte, NC 
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Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini at The Duke Mansion on Tuesday March 14 from 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. to taste the 12 best North Carolina wines accompanied by succulent hors d'oeuvres, including our 2014 Montepulciano Riserva, named Best in Show and Best Red Vinifera Wine, and the 2014 Sangiovese Classico. Both wines are a part of the twelve wines making up the NC Fine Wines Case which includes wines from Addison Farms Vineyards, Cellar 4201Grove WineryHerrera VineyardsJones Von DrehleRaffaldini VineyardsShelton Vineyards, and Surry Cellars.

The winning vineyards from the NC Fine Wines Competition will pour the best wines that North Carolina has to offer and tell the story behind each one,
 along with great food and ambiance offered in these locations. This is a great educational and networking opportunity for wine lovers to increase their knowledge of the quality of North Carolina wines and interact directly with the owners and winemakers that made them. Tickets to this showcase event are limited and will sell out quickly. The Duke Mansion would love for you to continue your evening in their restaurant and spend the night in their AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel.
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Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker - Wine Club Member Exclusive
Saturday, March 18 |  1pm - 3pm | $25 per person

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to sample wines from our cellar straight out of the barrel 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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Raffaldini Wine Dinner at Paul's Fine Italian Dining
Friday, March 24 | 7pm | $85 per person plus tax & gratuity


Join Raffaldini Vineyards as we partner with Paul's Fine Italian Dining in Winston-Salem for an incredible wine and food experience. Guests will have the opportunity to dine alongside Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini while he serves up the latest releases from Raffaldini Vineyards and describe the winemaking techniques that make Raffaldini Vineyards unique. Click on the menu to learn more or contact Paul's to make your reservation. 

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Tue. Mar 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Omni Grove Park Inn | Asheville, NC
Make Reservations Now. Space is filling up fast!

826799-250Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini at The Omni Grove Park Inn on Tuesday March 28th from 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. to taste 
the 12 best North Carolina wines accompanied by succulent hors d'oeuvres, including our 2014 Montepulciano Riserva, named Best in Show and Best Red Vinifera Wine, and the 2014 Sangiovese Classico. Both wines are a part of the twelve wines making up the NC Fine Wines Case which includes wines from Addison Farms Vineyards, Cellar 4201Grove WineryHerrera VineyardsJones Von DrehleRaffaldini VineyardsShelton Vineyards, and Surry Cellars.

The winning vineyards from the NC Fine Wines Competition will pour the best wines that North Carolina has to offer and tell the story behind each one,
 along with great food and ambiance offered in these locations. This is a great educational and networking opportunity for wine lovers to increase their knowledge of the quality of North Carolina wines and interact directly with the owners and winemakers that made them. Tickets to this showcase event are limited and will sell out quickly. The Omni Grove Park Inn would love for you to continue your evening in their restaurant and spend the night in their AAA Four Diamond Rated Hotel.

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32883946596_aff0610ed8_bFour Seasons Winter Wine Tasting Dinner - A Few Tickets Remain
Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 6pm-9pm |$85+tax per person
Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for the next quarterly wine tasting dinner held at our beautiful, Tuscan-style Villa Raffaldini. We have created the perfect menu to feature four seasonal food courses alongside four specially-chosen Raffaldini wines to embody the Spring months. Delight in a bountiful antipasti display while mingling with new friends by on the breathaking Piazza overlooking the Brushy Mountains.  All remaining courses will be served downstairs to create an intimate dining experience, with a relaxed and casual atmosphere so you can focus on meeting new friends and enjoying La Dolce Vita. Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini will provide culinary and wine descriptions for each course to make this dinner truly unique and special. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, 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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Take a Hike! with Jay Raffaldini and Steve Nelson
Sunday, April 9 | 10:30am - 1pm | $50 + tax per person

Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini and long time NC resident and outdoorsman Steve Nelson as they take you on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property! Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out. Enjoy a unique vineyard perspective as you hike through the woods and up the hill overlooking the vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountains.

The hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup and fresh Italian breads paired with Raffaldini wine. Fifty dollars plus tax per person includes hike, lunch and two glasses of wine. This event is for those aged 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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Saturday, April 15 | 1pm, 2pm, 3pm | Free Admission
Celebrate Little Easter and the return of Spring at Raffaldini Vineyards with the Italian tradition of rolling the cheese! The tradition of la ruzzola dates back 3,000 years to the Etruscan Tomb of the Olympiads but is now played with each Pasquetta in select Italian villages. Each winner of la ruzzola will win their choice of cheese from Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy. Heritage Homestead will be on-site sampling and selling their delicious assorted cheeses. This is an event for the entire family!




 








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Calling All Dogs! Pino Vino IX Rescue Dog Red Wine Label Competition
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Sales of Raffaldini Vineyards' Pino Vino I - VIII helped benefit all animals in need through donations to local animal rescue organizations. If you have a rescue dog that you would like to be considered for the Pino Vino IX label, send us a photo and back story in 50 words or less between February 1-April 25. An independent panel of judges will narrow down the entries and then vote on a winner. The winning dog will then go on to represent all animals in need as the new Pino Vino ambassador featured on the label of our Pino Vino IX red wine.

Click here to see the Pino Vino rescue kennel of champions.

The winner will be revealed on the labels of Pino Vino IX at a grand unveiling ceremony on June 17, 2017. 
 


Food Truck Dates

Snack Wagon
Sunday, April 9
Saturday, April 15
Sunday, April 16

Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Sunday, April 30


 
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

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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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Time Posted: Mar 3, 2017 at 11:59 AM
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February 1, 2017 | Raffaldini Vineyards

February Newsletter

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The Raffaldini Family, in collaboration with other vineyard and winery owners in North Carolina, have come together to establish an organization that promotes and sustains the quality of North Carolina Wines. The North Carolina Fine Wines Society organizes and conducts competitions and events to fund educational training and scholarships to promote the quality of North Carolina viticulture, wine, and agritourism. This month, the NC Fine Wines Society is hosting its first North Carolina Fine Wines Competition, where 12 wines representing 12 different categories will be chosen as the tops in each category. A panel of Advanced Sommeliers and Masters of Wine will evaluate the wines in a double blind tasting. The unveiling of our competition winners is only the beginning of this celebration of North Carolina Fine Wines. Following the competition is an evening to remember: Dine and interact with more than 40 North Carolina's Vineyard Owners, Winemakers and Winery personnel at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the luxurious Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem, as we will recognize achievements in quality as well as pair North Carolina Fine Wines with a scrumptious, six-course dinner. At the gala, wineries and wine lovers will learn the top 12 wines which will make up the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case.

We're partnering with both the The Kimpton Hotel and The Graylyn Estate, both unique hotels in Winston-Salem. The boutique Kimpton Hotel is a block away from the Millennium Center, while The Graylyn Estate is an historic residence only 3 miles from downtown. Book your room online here with the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel or call the The Graylyn Estate (800) 472-9596 and mention the North Carolina Fine Wines Society Room Rate for February 17th & 18th, 2017. 
 

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

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Join us at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on Tuesday February 28th from 5:30 - 7:30 to taste the best North Carolina wines accompanied by succulent hors d'oeuvres. The winning vineyards will be there pouring their award winning wines as well as sharing their stories of what makes their wines so great.

This is a great educational opportunity for wine lovers to increase their knowledge of the quality of North Carolina wines and interact directly with the owners and winemakers that made them. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Additionally, the Umstead Hotel & Spa would love for you to continue your evening in their restaurant and spend the night in their Forbes 5 Star-rated hotel.

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

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

Important Info for Wine Club Members

We’ve recently rolled out a new, fully-integrated guest relations management system. For your security, we ask that everyone please take a brief moment to create a new login and password. We here at Raffaldini Vineyards are very excited to introduce this new system which will enhance the customer experience. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
 
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Join us for the Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 
Friday, March 3, Saturday, March 4,  Sunday, March 5 | 12pm-4pm | TR Hours: Fri. & Sat. 11am-5pm - Sun. 12pm-5pm

Don't miss the first opportunity to pick up your all-new Spring Wine Club package! Enjoy a complimentary food and wine tasting featuring one of the new Wine Club releases paired with a recipe from your Wine Club Package. On Saturday, join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for unique look into this new vintage at one of our 30 minute information sessions at 1pm and 3pm. Exclusive wine club tastings and pairings will be held from 12pm-4pm on all three days. Tasting room hours are: Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm; and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information.

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


Perfection in a Bottle: 2014 Grande Riserva, Available Nowgrr
Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the very best efforts of all that we do from the vineyard to the winery. In making this limited quantity wine, we used the finest and oldest Montepulciano, Petit Verdot and Sagrantino grapes, harvested at optimal ripeness and then triple sorted to create a decadent, powerful wine with a focused expression of Raffaldini Vineyards. We applied the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grapes' natural flavors and aromas. Finally, we placed the grapes in oak fermenters to further deepen the profile and age the wine in the best oak barrels available.

Less than 50 cases of sequentially-numbered bottles of this wine are available at $55 per bottle. Purchase limits are one case per person for wine club members and six bottles per person for the general public.

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FEBRUARY EVENTS
31914920725_616a5eeb9c_bCalling All Dogs! Pino Vino IX Rescue Dog Red Wine Label Competition
Starting February 131038244813_b49dbc1ec2_o
Sales of Raffaldini Vineyards' Pino Vino I - VIII helped benefit all animals in need through donations to local animal rescue organizations. If you have a rescue dog that you would like to be considered for the Pino Vino IX label, send us a photo and back story in 50 words or less between February 1-April 25. An independent panel of judges will narrow down the entries and then vote on a winner. The winning dog will then go on to represent all animals in need as the new Pino Vino ambassador featured on the label of our Pino Vino IX red wine.

Click here to see the Pino Vino rescue kennel of champions.

The winner will be revealed on the labels of Pino Vino IX at a grand unveiling ceremony on June 17, 2017. 


afternoon-with-the-winemakeAfternoon with the Winemaker
Saturday, February 4 | Sessions held at: 1pm & 3pm | $20 General Admission, $15 Wine Club, per person includes a glass of Raffaldini wine

Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini and Assistant Winemaker Katy Kidd welcome you as they guide a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery from harvest to bottle. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to tour the winery at Raffaldini Vineyards as we prepare to bottle our most popular new releases. You will learn how we craft our award-winning wines, as well as go step-by-step through the winemaking process. $20 per person or $15 per person for Wine Club Members includes a glass of wine of your choice. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

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Afternoon with the Winemaker - 1pm General Admission
Afternoon with the Winemaker - 1pm Wine Club

Afternoon with the Winemaker - 3pm General Admission
Afternoon with the Winemaker - 3pm Wine Club

 

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

Visit Raffaldini Vineyards for this year's Amore workshop. Nada's Italy Tours of Charlotte, NC will introduce us to the Italian culture and essential tips on Italian customs that you need to know when traveling to Italy. Each workshop will be a one-hour session held on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini at 1pm and 3pm. Admission is free, but please RSVP as space is limited. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

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Vineyards of Swan Creek: For the Love of Wine & Chocolate
Saturday, February 11 | 12pm-5pm | Sunday, February 12 | 1pm-5pm| Free Admission

Raffaldini Vineyards and the Vineyards of Swan Creek celebrate Valentine's Day as each vineyard pairs one of their wines with a Valentine's Day sweet! At Raffaldini Vineyards, enjoy a complimentary sample of our famous Sangiovese-wine infused chocolate brownie paired with a tasting of an award-winning Raffaldini wine. A delicious way to start off your romantic weekend! This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information.


 
 
February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! 
Saturday, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day! Show support for your favorite winery (wink wink!) by celebrating with us at Villa Raffaldini. If you're unable to make it, check out our online shopping cart and stock up for the big day. 
 
 
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Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker
Saturday, February 25 |  1pm - 3pm | $25 per person

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to sample wines from our cellar straight out of the barel with Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini. This intimate, wine-focused event is limited to the first 36 Wine Club Members to RSVP. Be among the first to sample our exciting new vintages! Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

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In the Community:

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Thursday, February 9 | 6pm-10pm

Raffaldini Vineyards will provide wines for a one-of-a kind dinner featuring locally-grown truffles. Dine with Owner Barbara Raffaldini and sample our wines along with delicious dishes prepared by local favorites Chef Harrison Littel of The Honey Pot and Five Loaves Catering with Chef Richard Miller bringing you the best in truffle dishes and wines along with live music all for a great cause, The Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina.




Offsite Events in February

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

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


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

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

Sat. Mar 11 - Special Collaboration wine release featuring Raffaldini Vineyards and JOLO Winery
Tue. Mar 14 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Duke Mansion | Charlotte, NC
Sat. Mar 18 - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker Wine Club Only
Tue. Mar 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Omni Grove Park Inn | Asheville, NC

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

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2017 at 2:19 PM
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January 1, 2017 | Raffaldini Vineyards

January Newsletter

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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. 
 

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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

 

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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.

Reserve Now - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker
 

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.

Time Posted: Jan 1, 2017 at 2:11 PM
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December 1, 2016 | Raffaldini Vineyards

December Newsletter

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.

The inaugural release of Grande Riserva is available for preorder ahead of its Saturday, December 10 release date. Less than 100 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.

Pre-Order 2014 Grande Riserva

Join us for the Inaugural Release of Grande Riserva
Saturday, December 10 | 11am - 5pm


 

Holiday Happenings
Host your Corporate or Holiday Event at Raffaldini Vineyards
Did you know that Raffaldini Vineyards hosts corporate and private events? If the conference room feels like its closing in on you, or maybe the "bored" room has stifled your team's creativity, excite your senses and invigorate your workforce with a day out at Raffaldini Vineyards. Our Event Coordinating team can help you choose from one of our many activities or we can prepare a one-of-a-kind event that your employees will never forget. Plan your event at Raffaldini.com or speak to one of our event coordinators today, 336.526.1078.

Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are quickly approaching! Raffaldini Vineyards offers a complete wine country experience. Choose a basket complete with our finest private label items, an array of authentic Italian foods, merchandise, or events to make the perfect holiday gift! We can also add a custom touch to your gift with personalized tags or wine labels. Below are just a few of the many examples that Raffaldini can provide for the wine and food lover on your list, or click to see our Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas!

Event Tickets - Enjoy a holiday gift long after the holidays are over. Attend one of our upcoming events such as our Winter Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner and much more!

Raffaldini Wine Club - The ultimate wine gift! Enjoy semi annual wine releases from Raffaldini Vineyards featuring flagship and exclusive wines along with a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker's notes, recipes and more. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting for two and 10% off case purchases all year long.

Private Label Tour - The ultimate behind-the-scenes tour for your group! Your Raffaldini Vineyards Private Label tour will begin at the winery where you will be led through the process of what happens to the grapes from harvest until they are transformed into a bottle of wine. You will then continue with a tour of the vineyards to see where the grapes came from along with an explanation of the different varietals grown in the vineyards and finishes with a private wine tasting in Villa Raffaldini. *For groups of ten or more. Must be booked 2 weeks in advance $30+ tax per person.

Gift Cards - If you're not sure what to get, gift cards are available at $25 and up and are valid for tastings, tours, events, food and more. We can also mail a gift card to your recipient with a special message from you!

Custom Wine Collections: Add some sparkle to your holiday celebrations! Choose from one of many of our many classic, Italian wines, add a personalized note or label to commemorate your occasion.

December Events
Fill the Barrel With Toys
We are sponsoring a gift drive, "Fill the Barrel with Toys." Please bring an unwrapped children's toy to be put in the barrel. All toys will be donated to the Children's Home of Winston-Salem, NC. 

Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
Sunday December 11 | 1pm-4pm | Free Admission but please RSVP

Carol along with live holiday music, enjoy light refreshments and holiday storytelling. Do some last minute holiday shopping or pick up a treat for yourself. This is an event for your entire family!




 



Wine Club Appreciation Day
Saturday, December 17 | 12pm-4pm | Free for Wine Club Members, please RSVP

La Famiglia Raffaldini cordially invites all of our current wine club members to our Wine Club Member Appreciation Day. Enjoy delicious samples from vendors and a glass of your favorite wine. Experience includes live music, fresh food, and a gift bag!

Join us in a drawing of various prizes at 3pm. *Must be present to enter, but not to win.

This event is complimentary for current wine club members. RSVP by Tuesday, December 6.











 
JANUARY 2017 EVENTS
Four Seasons Winter Wine Tasting Dinner
Saturday, January 14, 2016 | 6pm-9pm |$85+tax per person
Join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for the next quarterly wine tasting dinner held at our beautiful, Tuscan-style Villa Raffaldini. We have created the perfect menu to feature four seasonal food courses alongside four specially-chosen Raffaldini wines to embody the winter months. Delight in a bountiful antipasti display while mingling with new friends by a roaring fire upstairs on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini.  All remaining courses will be served downstairs to create an intimate dining experience, with a relaxed and casual atmosphere so you can focus on meeting new friends and enjoying La Dolce Vita. Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini will provide culinary and wine descriptions for each course to make this dinner truly unique and special. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, 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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The Italian Kitchen: Italian Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, January 29 | 1pm-3pm |$40 +tax per person

Unwind from the holidays with an afternoon of food and wine tasting as you learn and observe the preparation of a traditional Italian recipe. Cost is $40+tax per person and includes two glasses of wine, a food sampling, a two-hour live cooking demonstration and a recipe card. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, 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 ot 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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There's Still Time to Purchase Your Fall 2016 Wine Club Wines
This year's Fall Wine Club Package contains three new, highly-anticipated releases from the 2014-2015 vintage--the best vintages ever in the history of Raffaldini Vineyards. During these years, we were blessed with near perfect, hot and dry weather conditions. By employing our judicious use of the Appassimento process, these vintages reveal focused and complex flavors, expressing the essence of Raffaldini Vineyards, and red wines with unparalleled body and structure.

In addition to the wines, each package contains a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker's notes and recipes to pair with the wines, a list of exclusive Raffaldini events. For more information or to learn how to sign up for the Raffaldini Wine Club, stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information.


Your Fall Wine Club Package contains three new releases:
2015 Girasole
2014 Sangiovese Classico
2014 Montepulciano Riserva

Purchase Now

 
You're Invited to the North Carolina Fine Wines Awards Gala Dinner
You already know that North Carolina and Raffaldini Vineyards produces fine wines, but did you know that North Carolina is holding its first Fine Wines Competition in January 2017?  We're inviting you to join with North Carolina wineries as we announce the winners on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 in Winston-Salem at the Millennium Center. 
 
Dress to impress on the red carpet and be prepared to enjoy a leisurely, six course meal paired with outstanding wines from across the state. Millenium Center Executive Chef Patrick Rafferty will introduce each course and the wine selection to go with it. Jay Raffaldini, President of the NC Fine Wines Society, will give the Welcome Speech and we'll have other speakers who will help tell the story of North Carolina Fine Wines and insight into our industry. 

NC Fine Wines Road Show
Can't make it to the Awards Gala? The Top 12 wines from the NC Fine Wines Competition will be named the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case. These top 12 wines will then be Showcased at some spectacular locations around the state. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres to enjoy along with a taste of each of the winning wines. Our Fine Wines in Fine Places events are all on Tuesday evenings and will be held at the Umstead in Cary on February 28th, the Duke Mansion in Charlotte on March 14th, and the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville on March 28th.
 
Tickets to the Awards Gala and ShowCase events are very limited, so act fast. Tickets make an excellent Holiday, Birthday, or Valentine's Day gift for that special wine and food aficionado. To purchase tickets and for more information about the Awards Gala and the ShowCase events, visit the www.NCFineWines.com.  

About the NC Fine Wines Society
The North Carolina Fine Wines Society was formed with two goals in mind: To promote the quality of North Carolina wines and raise scholarship money for students attending college programs focused on Oenology, Viticulture, Fermentation and Hospitality careers through our partnership with the Winston-Salem Foundation to create a 501(c)3 scholarship program. For more than one hundred years, the Winston-Salem Foundation has helped non-profit organizations achieve their goals. You tax deductible donation will go directly to the Winston-Salem Foundation, and perhaps can be matched by your employer.  
 
In the Spring of 2017 the first applicants will be applying for money to help make North Carolina wine continue on its trajectory upwards.  This is one investment in your future that certainly has the potential to be enjoyed for years to come. The Winston-Salem Foundation

 
Mark Your Calendars!
Wed. Feb 1 - Pino Vino IX Entries Accepted
Sat. Feb 4 -
Afternoon with the Winemaker 1pm & 3pm
Sat. Feb 11 - For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine! 12pm-5pm
Sun. Feb 12 - For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine! 1pm-5pm
Sat. Feb 18 - NC Fine Wines Competition Gala Dinner | Millenium Center Winston-Salem, NC
Sat. Feb 25 - Wine Club Barrel Tasting With the Winemaker 1pm-3pm
Tue. Feb 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Umstead Hotel and Spa | Cary, NC

 
Fri. Mar 3 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm

Sat. Mar 4 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm
Sun. Mar 5 - Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend 12pm-4pm
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



 

 

 

Time Posted: Dec 1, 2016 at 8:36 PM
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November 1, 2016 | Raffaldini Vineyards

November Newsletter

Raffaldini November Newsletter

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November is here and our attention turns from the vineyard to the winery as our wines finish their fermentation. Fall colors are peaking and the weather is cool, crisp and clear, making now the perfect time to savor the season with a glass of bold red wine. Find out more about Raffaldini Vineyards by reading below or visiting our website.

Raffaldini Vineyards Featured in New Public Television Series, From the Vineyard.Jay Raffaldini

A new program called “From the Vineyard” highlighting the NC wine industry airs Sundays on UNC-TV at 1:30pm. The program featured Raffaldini Vineyards last month. For more info about the show, visit their Facebook Page. Click the link (http://video.unctv.org/video/2365866264/) to watch the episode now! Our feature begins at the 12:00 minute mark.


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NOVEMBER EVENTS
Assemblaggio! Grande Riserva Blending TrialsMake Reservations Now!
Every Saturday and Sunday in November | Assemblaggio Hours: 1pm-3pm | Tasting Room Hours: Sat:11am-5pm; Sun. 12pm-5pm | $30 Wine Club, $35 General Public

A unique event for red wine lovers! As harvest 9ends, our attention turns to the winery where we will taste and blend our Grande Riserva. Enjoy an intimate, two-hour educational wine experience led by Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini in the Barrel Room of the winery as you taste and then create a special red wine. Each blend you create will be carefully analyzed, sampled and become the inspiration for our Grande Riserva. This event is for those age 21 and over. Cost is $35 per person for the general public and $30 for Wine Club members. Purchase tickets online, stop by the tasting room, 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.

Review available dates and reserve online

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Vineyards of Swan Creek Riedel Red Barrel TastingSOLD OUT (Look out for our next Riedel Barrel Tasting Event Spring 2017)
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20 | 12pm-5pm | $35 per person-Limited Tickets Remaining
The seven vineyards of the Swan Creek Wine Trail invite you to join us for an exclusive gourmet food and red wine pairing event. Riedel wine glasses are the world’s best and make every glass of wine a memorable experience. This exclusive autumn event marries the expertise of Riedel glasses with the award winning wines of the Swan Creek AVA. Each ticket holder will receive a collector’s edition stemmed Riedel wine glass at their first stop, and a gourmet food and wine pairing at each vineyard. Due to the unique nature of this event, ticket allocation is limited and must be purchased in advance. Click the Reserve link or the flyer to see the seven food and wine pairings and to purchase tickets. *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.


November Food Truck Dates
Gianno’s Brick Oven Pizza

Saturday, November 5th 12pm-4pm
Sunday, November 6th 12pm-4pm


There’s Still Time to Purchase Your Fall 2016 Wine Club Wines
IMG_2702 2This year’s Fall Wine Club Package contains three new, highly-anticipated releases from the 2014-2015 vintage–the best vintages ever in the history of Raffaldini Vineyards. During these years, we were blessed with near perfect, hot and dry weather conditions. By employing our judicious use of the Appassimento process, these vintages reveal focused and complex flavors, expressing the essence of Raffaldini Vineyards, and red wines with unparalleled body and structure.

In addition to the wines, each package contains a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker’s notes and recipes to pair with the wines, a list of exclusive Raffaldini events. For more information or to learn how to sign up for the Raffaldini Wine Club, stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information.

Your Fall Wine Club Package contains three new releases:
2015 Girasole
2014 Sangiovese Classico
2014 Montepulciano Riserva

Purchase Now


December Events
29080280770_8562d4d474_bBrand new red wine, 2014 Grande Riserva, now available for pre order
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. 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. The inaugural release of Grande Riserva is available for preorder ahead of its Saturday, December 10 release date. Less than 100 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.

Pre-Order 2014 Grande Riserva

Join us for the inaugural release of Grande Riserva
Saturday, December 10 | 3pm | $30 General Admission, $20 Wine club Members
We are excited to announce the release of our Grande Riserva. This wine represents nearly 20 years of calculated research, experimentation and hard work that has helped put Raffaldini Vineyards on the map. At each session, you’ll hear from Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini about his journey that lead us to this point, and what’s coming in the future. You’ll enjoy a one-time opportunity to savor a full glass of Grande Riserva, as well as hors d’oeuvres and a blind comparison versus a 92 Wine Spectator Wine rated wine. *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.

RSVP for Grande Riserva Release – General Admission

RSVP for Grande Riserva Release – Wine Club


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Wine Club Appreciation
Saturday, December 17 | 12pm-4pm | Free, but please RSVP by Tuesday, December 6
La Famiglia Raffaldini cordially invites all of our wine club members to our wine club member appreciation day. This event is free; however, please RSVP by Tuesday, via email. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information

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Offsite this Month
Winemaker Dinner at Blue Restaurant In Charlotte
Friday, November 18th | 6:30pm | $59.95 per person
| Click for Reservations

We are excited to be back in the heart of Uptown Charlotte at Blue Restaurant. Our last dinner was hugely popular and as a result we expect this dinner to fill up quickly. Chef Gene Briggs will dazzle your senses with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine that pairs perfectly with Chianti in the Carolinas. View the menu at right, and contact Blue to secure your reservation.


30285509970_f1cd9af0b8_oWinery Update – Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini and Assistant Winemaker Katy Kidd

As we continue to put our grapes through the Appassimento drying process we are excited to use our latest arrival – a second large custom made oak fermentation tank. Simply stated we love to ferment in oak rather than stainless steel as the flavor integration is much more complex. We are also ramping up something called co fermentation – the fermenting of two grapes together rather than separately. Similar to using oak fermenters the complexity is increased by co fermenting and when both ideas are combined (oak and co fermentation) I believe we are able to achieve wines that can stand up against the finest wines from anywhere in the world. Definitely exciting times!


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Host your Corporate or Holiday Event at Raffaldini Vineyards
Did you know that Raffaldini Vineyards hosts corporate and private events? If the conference room feels like its closing in on you, or maybe the “bored” room has stifled your team’s creativity, excite your senses and invigorate your workforce with a day out at Raffaldini Vineyards. Our Event Coordinating team can help you choose from one of our many activities or we can prepare a one-of-a-kind event that your employees will never forget. Plan your event at Raffaldini.com or speak to one of our event coordinators today, 336.526.1078.

30154378350_2600296dea_oThe holidays are quickly approaching! Raffaldini Vineyards offers a complete wine country experience. Choose a basket complete with our finest private label items, an array of authentic Italian foods, merchandise, or events to make the perfect holiday gift! We can also add a custom touch to your gift with personalized tags or wine labels. Below are just a few of the many examples that Raffaldini can provide for the wine and food lover on your list, or click to see our Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas!

Event TicketsEnjoy a holiday gift long after the holidays are over. Attend one of our upcoming events such as our Winter Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner and much more!

Raffaldini Wine Club – The ultimate wine gift! Enjoy semi annual wines3wine releases from Raffaldini Vineyards featuring flagship and exclusive wines along with a letter from the Raffaldini Family, winemaker’s notes, recipes and more. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting for two and 10% off case purchases all year long.

Private Label TourThe ultimate behind-the-scenes tour for your group! Your Raffaldini Vineyards Private Label tour will begin at the winery where you will be led through the process of what happens to the grapes from harvest until they are transformed into a bottle of wine. You will then continue with a tour of the vineyards to see where the grapes came from along with an explanation of the different varietals grown in the vineyards and finishes with a private wine tasting in Villa Raffaldini. *For groups of ten or more. Must be booked 2 weeks in advance $30+ tax per person.

Gift Cards – If you’re not sure what to get, gift cards are available at $25 and up and are valid for tastings, tours, events, food and more. We can also mail a gift card to your recipient with a special message from you!

Custom Wine Collections: Add some sparkle to your holiday celebrations! Choose from one of many of our many classic, Italian wines, add a personalized note or label to commemorate your occasion.


30154375130_9ca8c13633_bFill the Barrel With Toys
We are sponsoring a gift driv30516290501_815fcfa9ca_be, “Fill the Barrel with Toys.” Beginning November 27, please bring an unwrapped children’s toy to be put in the barrel. All toys will be donated to the Children’s Home of Winston-Salem, NC.

Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
Sunday December 11 | 1pm-4pm | Free Admission but please RSVP
Carol along with live holiday music, enjoy light refreshments and holiday storytelling from the Italian Christmas character, La Befana, at 3pm. This mystical woman will read her story fireside for all to enjoy. While visiting, do some last minute holiday shopping. This is an event for your entire family!


Raffaldini Vineyards is open year-round and there’s something for everyone on our full 2016 Events Calendar.

 

Salute!

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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