Owner(s): Dr. William Piccione
Winemaker: Steven Rigby
Open to Public
Daily 12 to 6; Closed Tue
2364 Cedar Forest Rd, Ronda, NC 28670
phone: (336) 775-8330
Piccione Vineyards Profile
Written by Brian—Apr 29, 2018
There is a particular ridgeline in the North Carolina’s Swan Creek AVA (American Viticultural Area) that seems to favor Northern Italian grape varieties. Piccione Vineyards is one of two that produces Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Pinot Grigio and Vermentino of exceptional quality. The combination of climate, soil, orientation and elevation just seem to work.
Dr. William Piccione is of Sicilian origin and grew up making wine, so his appearance on North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley wine scene comes as little surprise. Dr. Piccione started planting vines in 2010 and opened a small tasting room in 2015. Today, those 15 acres of fruit produce about 1600 cases of very high quality wine annually.
Cultivation and production are not limited to Italian grapes. Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown and used to produce superior single-varietal wines. All of the production takes place offsite at winemaker Steven Rigby’s Yadkin Valley Wine Company.
We tasted through 11 of the Piccione wines during our visit. All were truly worthy of note, but there were a few standouts. The unoaked Chardonnay, with its perfect balance between fruit and acidity, was my favorite white. Among the reds, I was torn between the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Montepulciano. The Cab was full of complexity that ended slowly in a very long finish. The Montepulciano, on the other hand, was full of red fruit and a finish that included hints of dark chocolate and coffee. In the final analysis, however, they were all lovely wines.
Future plans at Piccione include additional plantings. A little less than an acre of Petit Verdot will be planted in 2018. A new tasting facility is also in the works and an onsite winery is in the planning stages. All of this is done with an eye toward improving the customer experience and consolidating winemaking operations on the estate.
As if all this is not enough, the venue offers stunning views of the valley that is framed against a distant line of mountains. It all comes together to create a ideal spot to sit and enjoy a glass of your favorite estate wine.
All of the conditions at Piccione Vineyards conspire to make stopping in something of a no brainer. This is definitely a winery high in the pantheon of North Carolina producers. So after you visit, please let me know what you think.