Piccione Family History
In 1921 Giuseppe Piccione – a native of Sicily – left his small town of Marsala, home of the
world-famous sweet and dry wines, and boarded the steamship “Italia” bound for America. After
arriving in New York he passed through Ellis Island and settled in Brooklyn where he found
employment in a garment factory.
Soon after, he married Vita Valenti and started a new life in America. Life was difficult, but
they never forgot their Sicilian roots, the value of hard work, and the importance of family.
Dr. William Piccione, grandson of Giuseppe and Vita, was raised with these values and went on to
become a Harvard-trained Cardiovascular Thoracic surgeon – actively practicing medicine for more
than 20 years. Despite a demanding career, Bill has always had fond memories of his grandfather’s
winemaking efforts and as a child remembers Giuseppe’s homemade winery with a handpress, small oak
barrels and a manual bottling machine.
This deep respect for Italian tradition and a passion for wine led Bill to obtain Italian
citizenship for himself and his children and to further study wine, earning sommelier
certification. In 2010, Piccione Vineyards was founded in the picturesque Swan Creek AVA of North
Carolina to continue the Italian tradition of the Piccione family and to produce the finest wine
possible. In wine is health – In vino, salute.
Traveling East on 421
Take Exit 272 – Ronda. Turn left on to Clingman Road. Continue on Clingman, and in 2 miles it will become Cedar Forest Road. Drive an additional 2 miles on Cedar Forest. Front gates of the vineyard will be on your right.
Traveling West on 421
Take Exit 267 – Windsor Road. Take a right on Windsor Road, and shortly after, turn left at the Oak Grove Baptist Church, which will be on your left. Continue for 1 mile, take a right on Swan Creek Road. After 2.6 miles, turn left on to Clingman Road, which becomes Cedar Forest Road. In 1.2 miles, the front gates of the vineyard will be on your left.
Tasting Room - Hours of Operation
Open Daily 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Hours – Closed
New Year's Day
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