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From The Vineyard | Duplin / Raffaldini

October 23, 2016 |
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Original Air Date: October 23, 2016

From The Vineyard | RaffaldiniRaffaldini Vineyards & Winery
450 Groce Rd, Rhonda, NC
336.835.9463
www.raffaldini.com

There is an old Italian proverb that says, “the land the farmer rejects is the land that the vineyard accepts.” This implies that the less fertile and more rocky the land, the more superior the wine will be as the grape vines struggle for survival by digging deeper into the soil in a never-ending search for water and life’s minerals.

Nestled near the Yadkin River and Blue Ridge Mountains, the rolling hills and gentle slopes of the vineyard are blessed with mild breezes that constantly freshen and circulate air. Unique to the vineyard is an abundance of broken granite and schist which provide for excellent soil drainage and trace mineral extraction. This gives the grape a certain terroir, or sense of place.

Moderate elevation levels of 1200 feet and colder facing aspects allow for temperature variation during the growing season which slowly builds acidity and complexity. Most importantly, the vineyard possesses an indescribable sense of totality and energy that only comes from a complete union of spirituality, energy, and historic legacy.

With this understanding and deep respect for the land, we began to carefully sculpt and shape the property according to its natural contours and aspects. Three years later, twenty-seven acres of classic Italian and some French varietals were planted. In 2004, an additional ten acres of central and southern Italian grapes were planted, and three more acres in 2005 (please see our listing of varietals in the Estate Grapes section of the web site). Over time, more Italian varietals have be added upon their release from quarantine from the California repository of vines. Some of the varietals, like Vermentino, are so unique that the Raffaldini family was not only the first and among the only vineyards on the East Coast to plant them, but also the first in the United States.

From The Vineyard | DuplinDuplin Winery
505 N. Sycamore St.
Rose Hill, NC
800-774-9634
www.duplinwinery.com

Take a step off the beaten path and discover a hidden gem in Rose Hill, North Carolina filled with rustic charm and southern hospitality. Delight your taste buds with our award winning Muscadine wines and learn about our family history on a winery tour. Our staff will share entertaining and amusing family stories and educate you on the winemaking process. Enjoy a delightful meal in our Bistro or relax in our courtyard with a glass of sweet Duplin wine. Our retail store offers a variety of wine accessories and specialty boutique items. Whether you are in town for a visit, or you live nearby, Duplin Winery’s fun and relaxing atmosphere sweetens any day.

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