Winemakers Christian Vitone & Marco Cappelli
Vitone Family Wines was created to bring truly unique, world class wines, to wine lovers everywhere....at reasonable prices!
There are so many wines out there today, different brands, names, varieties, etc. Let's face it, it's confusing! We want to offer customers a clear, different, and delicious option. Our wines are truly unique blends unlike any others, made by internationally renowned winemaker Marco Cappelli, in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of California. We think we have a wonderful family story, one of the most talented winemakers in the country, and some terrific reasonably priced wines. We just need you, to help us share them!
How we started (My maternal Grandfather Fred "Papa" Brunoli, his wife Teresa, and my uncle Modesto - 1927)
The Verde Sole Story:
My Grandfather was a WWI soldier who came to the U.S. from Mello, a tiny alpine town in Northern Italy, located in the beautiful province of Sondrio. In Italy, as he later did in the U.S., he grew his own grapes and made his own family wines. These wines were fruity, approachable, and food friendly. I remember Papa walking me around his little vineyard; his property was always bathed in sun light. Papa used to tell me, “Con il Sole, tutto e’ Verde” (with the sun, everything is green).
For Christian Vitone, growing up in an Italian household meant big family gatherings, with homemade food and wine. He was fortunate to have a Grandfather that made his own family wines, and as such, was introduced to wine production at a very early age.
“Papa’s little winery was located in his earthen floor cellar; it was cool, damp, and dark…perfect for wine production! Whenever he was making wine, there was this wonderful aromatic combination of oak barrels, fermenting grape juice, and pungent earth." He quickly became fascinated with the sights and smells of the winemaking process, and helped with the production whenever possible. "It was a memory I’ll never forget, and I was hooked!”
Winemaker Marco Cappelli
Vitone Family Wines, is thrilled to have our friend Marco Cappelli as our Winemaker. A UC Davis graduate in Enology, Marco is widely recognized as an iconoclastic and gifted craftsman, with fieldwork in Sauternes and many years of mentorship under the legendary "dean" of California winemaking, Andre Tchelistcheff. Following nearly two decades of creating and refining the renowned wines of Oakville's esteemed Swanson Vineyards, Marco followed his passion to the Sierra Foothills, where he continues to craft highly sought-after gems in the spirit and style of his Old World training and roots. Verde Sole Wines represent a lovely marriage of Marco's core winemaking values, and Vitone Family Wine's mission: creating compelling, varietally distinct and food-friendly wines of imagination and great value.
Founder & CEO Christian Vitone
Christian formally entered the wine Industry on the sales side, with national distributor Southern Wine and Spirits in 1998. Retail management was next, working alongside world renowned Director/Producer Francis Ford Coppola at his Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, and later at his Parisian style Café’ wine bar. But, it was after a decade long Financial Services career, that the desire to produce his own family wines drew him back to wine production. As a result, Vitone Family Wines was founded in 2010, and today calls upon the talents of friend and winemaker Marco Cappelli to continue the family tradition. “My grandfather always made Zinfandel; it was a fruity, approachable, every day wine. We honor his memory with our first offering, 2009 Verde Sole Zinfandel”.
What's our Impact?
We're a small company, but the quality and uniqueness of our wines allows us to compete in select markets right up there with the big players. Why? Wine drinkers in this country want flavorful, unique, and food friendly wines...and they don't want to spend a lot of money on them. We think that's the message in our bottle!
With Verde Sole wines, our goal is to introduce consumers to the beautiful Sierra foothills, AVA, which is one of California's great emerging wine regions. We believe this region's climate and soil composition, are particularly well suited for producing some of the best Zinfandel and Rhone varietals in the world.
How You can help:
We know you have many options when it comes to picking a wine. We hope you’ll support our company by helping us produce new wines, and expanding the availability of our wines into your area.
We're raising money to introduce our wines into the U.S. market. The more funds we raise, the more wine we can produce and distribute in your area!
$18,500 will help us introduce 1 new wine, and start distributing in 2 more states under the Verde Sole label.
$26,000 will enable us make enough new wine, to introduce Verde Sole to the entire New England market, and turn on the e-commerce module on our web-site....allowing folks to purchase on-line
$42,000 will help us produce a full line of wines under the Verde Sole label, and establish distribution agreements in New England, the mid-atlantic region, Florida, Texas, Illinois, and California.
What you'll get by helping:
$20.00- a big Thank You, and your name posted on our web-site wall of fame
$40.00- a Verde Sole 100% Cotton T-Shirt of your very own . We'll be in touch after the campaign for your size preference.
$110.00- 2 lovely 100% lead-free Crystal logo Wine glasses
$150.00- Bronze Sponsor. You're a trooper, thank you for stepping up to the plate, you get all the previous perks....enjoy the goodies!
$265.00- Gift Certificate for Dinner for 2 at the fabulous Napa East Restaurant & Wine shop in Nashua, NH. I'll be your personal waitier and General Manager Sommelier Christopher Riendeau and I will serve your wine. You get appetizer, entree, dessert, and up to 2 glasses each of the Verde Sole Wine of your choice. All taxes and gratuity included. (Fine Print - Must be 21 or over with valid identification. Travel not included.)
Napa East Wine lounge & Shop
$375.00- Wine tasting membership- We can't legally sell you wine, but we can offer a Private wine tasting in your New England home. You'll get a case of the Verde Sole wine of your choice, and a personal introduction to the wines by our CEO Christian Vitone for you and up to 23 of your friends. I supply the wine and the glasses, you supply the place. (Fine Print - Must take place in New England, all participants must be 21 or over with valid identification.)
$750.00- Silver Sponsor - All of the previous perks, plus future discounts on wine purchases once our e-commerce link is set up!
$1,500.00- Sierra Gold Sponsor - All the previous perks, and membership in our advisory board (Advisory board members actually get involved in the decision making process of what wines we introduce, get advanced samples of our new wines, as well as future discounts on wine purchases once our e-commerce link is set up.)
$5000.00- California Winemakers Trip. You get a trip for 2 to The beautiful Sierra Foothills of California. 3 nights accomodations at a cozy Bed & Breakfast, a private tour and tasting, a special wine dinner with Marco and Christian, and a take home surprise! (Fine Print -Travel is for continental US only, roundtrip/coach. Car rental not included. Both participants must be 21 or older with valid identification.)
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