The Story

  Rodolfo & Lidia with their two oldest children in their very first restaurant, Valentino's in Kutztown.

Rodolfo & Lidia with their two oldest children in their very first restaurant, Valentino's in Kutztown.

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 They knew opening Folino Estate Vineyard, Winery & Restaurant in Kutztown, where their father originally made his American dream come true, was the perfect way to continue the Folino family legacy.

  Lidia & Rodolfo in their native Italy

Lidia & Rodolfo in their native Italy