Every season brings it’s own beauty, opportunity & unique qualities that we love to showcase at Folino Estate, but something about fall has that comfy, warm, sense of “change” that we are biased to adore. The weather has shifted from scorching temps and blazing sun to mild breeze and earlier nights. Just as the leaves of our vines begin to change, so does the appearance of Folino Estate.
We begin by turning into a fall fortress from the vintage truck all the way into the dining room, immersed in the warm tones & natural beauty that autumn provides. A truly fall experience would not be brought full circle without delicious food & specialty drinks enhanced with the spicy & sweet flavors we love to love this time of year, seasonally-inspired events to get you reconnected with friends & family in a fun, relaxing environment (like our 4th Annual Fall Fest this Sunday!), and of course, all the handcrafted wine & wine concoctions you know we’re good for.
Pour yourself your favorite glass of Folino Estate wine & get ready as we explore Fall at Folino Estate!
FEELS LIKE FALL
As you drive up and approach our little piece of Italy in the heart of Kutztown, PA, you’ll notice the outward appearance of Folino Estate has turned from bountiful greenery & bright flower appeal to warm tones, hay bails, leaves, and in true fall fashion, pumpkins & gourds. Beginning with our vintage truck on the front lawn, this is a prime photo-op spot at Folino Estate, and is almost thought of as a “right of passage” by some guests to show that you really haven’t gotten the full Folino experience until a photo is captured with this vintage gem. Our challenge to you: can you get pictures with our truck from every season?
Moving on to the front entrance decorated by owners Andrea Folino (@andrealfolino) and Marco Folino, colorful mums, pumpkins & gourds, corn stalks & more welcome you into our Old-World Style Italian Villa. The décor continues into our Piazza & Restaurant, for all of the fall feelys through your entire visit with us.
Let’s not forget the Tasting Room, which houses all of the fall merchandise, thoughtfully chosen by Andrea herself, with her top picks of home décor, wine accessories, gourmet snacks & more. Whether you’re looking for new items to entertain, need a gift for the Thanksgiving hostess, or just simply want to decorate for the season, we have everything you need to bring fall into your home the Folino way.
A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST
Out in the vineyard, the leaves are beginning to change and varietals of our grapes have matured and are prepared for harvest. There are generally 5 steps to the winemaking process:
2. Crushing and pressing
5. Aging & bottling
Beginning mid-September, we gathered volunteers and our entire vineyard crew, and began picking Pinot Noir grapes. Our Vineyard Manager, Dean Scott, comments that “Pinor Noir is one of the most difficult grapes to successfully grow, but we were fortunate enough to have favorable weather conditions this year that made for perfectly ripe grapes to be picked and begin the rest of the wine-making process. “
A sneak peek word from our Winemaker: The Pinot Noir grapes picked are currently being crushed and pressed and will continue with the process to make our first ever Estate Pinot Noir! More details on this exciting new wine to add to our Limited Edition collection coming in the future.
Harvest will continue with the picking of Teroldego & Merlot coming up over the next couple weeks. More on our Harvest & Vineyard progress in a future blog post… all you viticulture enthusiasts stay tuned…
INSIDE THE KITCHEN AT FOLINO ESTATE
A new month means new Features in our Restaurant, and this month we are bringing all the best fall flavors out with a bang! Prepare your palate for all of the flavorful goodness with Piccolini options like our Wood Oven Wings & Seared Sea Scallops.
Now you’re ready to indulge in the hearty, unique dishes that will feel like home away from home. Enjoy Entrata dishes like our Balsamic Maple Glazed Chicken paired with Chardonnay Barrel Reserve or our mushroom-filled Chef Ravioli paired with Luca Forte.
Don’t think we forgot the best part: dessert. Our delectable Dolce options include Pumpkin Spice Latte Gelato, Pumpkin Cheesecake & more. Who says you can’t eat dessert first? No worries, we’re not here to judge!
Let’s not forget that our regular menu is home to the warm, authentic Italian dishes you know and love. While the pumpkin craze has surely taken over, we’re also excited that it is officially SOUP SEASON! Enjoy a hot cup or bowl of our signature Salsiccia & Faggioli Bianco Zuppa made with hearty sausage & cannellini bean soup simmered with garden fresh herbs.
Too early for wine, or looking for a warm, liquid dessert to top off dinner? Try a latte, cappuccino, or coffee with one of our specialty fall syrups like maple, salted caramel or pumpkin.
IT’S ALWAYS WINE O’CLOCK
Don’t think we left out our wines when it comes to the fall transformation; we have now added our guest favorites MULLED WINE & PUMPKIN PIE SIGNATURE SANGRIA back on to our menus, and we are definitely falling for their warm, spicy goodness. Our Pumpkin Pie Sangria is made with Folino Estate Chardonnay, pumpkin syrup, and topped with a graham cracker crust rim… so good, you don’t even need the pie! Mulled wine is available by the glass in our Tasting Room (a perfect option to sip on at Fall Fest!) & spices are available for purchase in our Tasting Room along with bottles of Chambourcin to make your own Mulled Wine at home.
Speaking of Chambourcin, a wine unique to Pennsylvania and our award-winning, guest favorite wine, is back on our shelves along with limited edition Chardonnay Barrel Reserve. As top sellers, these wines won’t stick around for long, so stop in to our Tasting Room or visit our Online Tasting Room & pick up your bottles, today!
LET’S GET FESTIVE
As traditional, true Italians, the Folino’s love every opportunity to get people together to enjoy new experiences, wine, food & good times. What better way than events that allow people to get together, get creative & celebrate? We’re kicking off the fall season with none other than our 4th Annual Fall Festival, with food, beverages, live music & activities that the whole family can enjoy! Plan your Fall Fest day in advance, view FAQ, get VIP tickets and more by clicking here
Check out our lineup for upcoming October events here for more info and ticket links… will you be joining us?
SAVE THE DATE….
November will be here just as quickly as October arrived, which means starting to think about where you’ll be giving thanks this year. Why not take the hassle out of the holiday and join us with your friends & family at our table?
We look forward to seeing you all in this upcoming season for the food, wine & good times that bring us all together. We’ll see you at our table; Salute!