Folino Estate Vineyard & Winery
Marco, Andrea and Stefano owners of Folino Estate turned sour grapes into delicious wine when they took their father’s failed dream of developing residential homes on his 54 acres and made it home to grapevines and an Italian Piazza called Folino Estate. The three young entrepreneurs had the fortitude to seek a financial planner to assist with a business plan through Merra Lee Moffitt at Goodlife Financial. Along with a 504 Loan processed by PCDfc and a partnering lender, Fleetwood Bank, the Folino’s were able to take a grand idea and successfully turn it into a reality by creating a destination, Folino Estate Vineyards & Winery. The Folino tre (3 in Italian), each entrepreneurs in their own right; Andrea’s creative design abilities (Tendenza Fashion & Interior Design); Stefano’s construction knowledge (Berkshire Building Services) matched with Marco’s Land development experience (Folino Homes), each having a history in the restaurant business with a strong drive and determination to succeed. Folino Estate provides the ambiance and atmosphere of a Southern Italian Piazza, contained within its walls you will find a 220 seat banquet facility, restaurant and bar, and a wine tasting room for the wine lover of all tastes with a varied assortment of wine gifts. The wine is made onsite and can be enjoyed on the patio overlooking the grapevines set among the scenic Western view of Berks County’s country side. Please note gorgeous sunsets can be viewed from the patio. Folino Estate’s wine menu is extensive with new wines consistently being added by the award winning vintner, Michael. One can pair these delicious wines with the gourmet cuisine prepared at the Restaurant within the Piazza. The menu specializes in traditional Southern Italian cuisine by introducing modern culinary enhancements to some of Mama Folino’s first generation recipes. The Lasagna is a must try, only the chef knows Mama’s secret! Fresh pasta made on site daily, along with a modern twists to classic Italian dishes makes the menu a must taste adventure. With a grand scenic view, delicious food and wine it’s not a surprise that people are booking events rapidly at this wonderful destination. As a wine lover this CDC was on board with the concept instantly, thanks to the 504 loan program, the Folino’s were able to obtain a low interest rate fixed for 20 years.
Visit their website: www.folinoestate.com