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.


Driving Directions

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.

Closed Tuesday

Holiday Hours – Closed​

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year's Day

Contact - info@piccionewines.com


Piccione Vineyards
2364 Cedar Forest Road
Rhonda, NC 28670
(336) 775-8330