"We're not selling wine," Anthony Sannino said. "We're selling the experience."
The experience Sannino is referring to is the wine making experience, which is what he and his wife Lisa are now offering at their North Folk vineyard named Bella Vita Vineyard. With a membership style vineyard, the Sannino's offer to many the opportunity of a life time to be a part-time vintner and they become one of the first to do so on the east coast. The experience allows members to learn grape growing and winemaking from the ground up, and finish with a barrel of wine they can call their own.
From vine to wine, they guide you through the entire winemaking process.
Membership in Bella Vita costs $3,500 for a full barrel of wine - roughly 237 bottles which ends up being a very reasonable $12.72 per bottle cost. membership includes:
- A custom barrel of premium wine of your choice
- Barrel storage
- Standard Labels
- Annual Harvest Festival
- Two educational viticultural sessions
- One educational wine tasting session