So, it has become clear to me that there is a secret cabal going on between the sovereign state of North Carolina and the country known as glorious Italy. In a small spot in a gorgeous countryside, Italy has established a toe hold in the United States of a unique kind. It is clear that they intend to dominate from this position a particular industry there. South Carolinians have kept this pretty much to themselves, but as a northerner I feel very much compelled to expose this connection and be the whistleblower on this occasion, and do service to my fellow citizens!
I am of course speaking of Raffaldini Vineyards!
Nestled near the Yadkin River and Blue Ridge Mountains, the rolling hills and gentle slopes of the Raffaldini vineyard (established in 2002) are blessed with a predominant amount of broken granite and schist which provide for excellent soil drainage and trace mineral extraction. This gives the fruit that sense of "somewhereness" that Matt Kramer coined referring to that term, terroir! The elevation of 1200 feet also offer uniqueness to their site.