Venue Spotlight: Folino Estate

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By Fred Jerant
Photography Courtesy of Folino Estate Folino-3

If you’ve been dreaming of holding your wedding and reception at a rustic Italian villa — but just don’t have the funds to travel all the way to Italy, now you have the ability to make your dream a reality with the recently opened Folino Estate vineyard, winery and restaurant in Kutztown.

In 2000, Rodolfo Folino purchased the 54-acre property with plans to convert the land into a housing development. But Fate intervened, and his plans fell through.

Of course, there was a silver lining — Rodolfo’s son Marco and his wife Andrea, along with brother Stefano Folino, decided to combine the married couple’s interest in wine-making with the Folino family’s decades of experience in the restaurant industry. Benvenuti a Folino Estate!

Folino-2Designed by Andrea Folino, vice president – marketing and sales/managing partner, the facility mixes glamorous chandeliers, rustic wood beams and stonework, and exposed ducting to provide a truly distinctive ambience. Its neutral palette will harmonize with nearly every color combination.

The Estate is practically made for weddings — an outdoor patio connects both the cocktail area and the banquet room/reception hall, affording a glorious view of the setting sun, as it descends behind the mountains. Do you prefer a fresh-air event? Folino Estate also offers an outdoor tent that can accommodate up to 300 guests.

You can even hold your ceremony outdoors, sheltered by a wrought-iron gazebo. There’s a myriad of possibilities for memorable photo settings — the “Italian villa” building itself, the on-site vineyard, a vintage truck bearing the Folino logo, and many more.

Folino Estate offers full catering services, featuring a wealth of authentic Italian dishes; the restaurant uses the recipes that Rodolfo’s wife Lidia brought with her from Calabra, Italy. Even wedding cakes are produced on-site! images

Delight your guests with a custom tasting station during cocktail hour, featuring a selection of Folino’s proprietary red and white wines (both in dry and sweet variations). You can even order custom-labeled “mini” wine bottles for use as distinctive mementoes!

“We want your special day to be very special,” said Andrea Folino. “And we hope to see you and your guests return many times.”

For more information:
Folino Estate vineyard, winery and restaurant

340 Old Route 22
Kutztown, PA 19530