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Back in 2000, Rodolfo Folino purchased 54 acres in rural Kutztown on Rt. 78 with hopes of developing the land for homes under his construction company Folino & Sons Construction. After 7 years of spending money and time on a project that clearly was not going to happen due to township and environmental regulations, his only hope was to try and resell the land as farm in order to recoup a portion of the money he had spent. One evening, Rodolfo's son Marco and his wife Andrea were relaxing and reading when they came across a story of a husband and wife who opened their own winery. They talked about what a fun and exciting venture that would be when a light bulb went off in their heads. The Folino family has a combined 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry, with it all beginning in the early 80s when Rodolfo opened Valentino's in Kutztown after he and his wife Lidia immigrated here from their hometown in Calabria, Italy pictured above. Lidia's father also had a vineyard in Italy in his early years of life. To bring these two elements of the family history together made perfect sense. They knew opening Folino Estate Vineyard, Winery & Restaurant in Kutztown, where their father originally made his American dream come true, was the perfect way to continue the Folino family legacy.
The tagline for Folino Estate is Nel Vino C’è la Verità. In Italian, this means In Wine There is Truth because the truth is when Rodolfo Folino bought that land to develop homes and ran into so many problems, it was because it was always meant to be Folino Estate.
Marco has had a passion for entrepreneurship for as long as he can remember. Growing up in a family of business owners, it was inevitable he would do the same. His working career began as a child folding pizza boxes in his parents' restaurant. Marco then opened small businesses and worked for his family construction company and restaurants until 2007, when he opened his own construction company, Folino Homes. In 2008, along with his brother Stefano, he opened a concrete business. Very quick to learn, when he started thinking about opening Folino Estate, Marco took classes and sought advice from area vineyard owners as his love for viticulture and wine grew. He hopes to one day hand Folino Estate on to future generations of Folinos, including his son Lorenzo.
Andrea, Marco's wife, graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in business administration/marketing. She's always had a passion for business and knew she would one day run her own. Upon graduation, Andrea started doing the sales and marketing for Marco's home building company and also obtained her real estate license. She always had a love for fashion and design and wanted to figure out a way to incorporate these elements into her work. Andrea then enrolled in a Home Interiors program at the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design and opened her interior decorating business, Tendenza Fashion & Interiors, which she used to design the interior of Folino Estate. When Andrea met Marco, it was at his family's restaurant as a hostess. She never imagined she would meet her husband, future business partner, and father to their son, Lorenzo there and one day own their own restaurant and winery together.