In the late 19th century, Vito Brandonisio's grandfather started a small vineyard in Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari, Italy. As a child, Vito visited the vineyard frequently and remembers fondly the time he spent there. When Vito moved to the US, he continued the family's winemaking tradition. He and his brothers, and eventually his sons and nephews, made wine every September and enjoyed it together at family gatherings.
Years ago, Vito Brandonisio took his first steps toward accomplishing his dream of living on his own vineyard estate: he purchased 40 acres of gently rolling terrain in Maple Park, IL. On this property he built his home and planted his vineyard, naming it Acquaviva Estate, to homage to his home country of Bari, Italy.Â
Vineyard History Acquaviva's 40-acre vineyard estate produces many grape varietals all perfectly suited to sustain and thrive through the turbulent Midwest seasons. These grapes include Prairie Star, Brianna, Chardonel, Marechal Fosh, and Frontenac, among other Illinois favorites. Over the past ten years, Vito has selected and hand planted vines and allowed them time to mature and flourish while he moved forward with step two of his dream: to open his own winery on the property.
(This review is based on the restaurant in Sycamore) The acquaviva winery was such a joy to go to! As a lover of Italian food, I was not disappointed by the gnocchi at all! The price was very great for the food which was being served to us. The wait was very nice! The waiter was very professional and sophisticated and it was well worth it. I personally say I will be a return visitor. My only downsides were that the decor didn't fit the theme, and it wasn't packed, but the arrangement felt like it. Either way, the food makes up for that in a tenfold!
Great tour. Wine is always good. We were recommended here by the lady who owns Ela'$ Wine N Slots in Midlothian. She could not stop raving about it during our tasting at her place. She is definitely right this place is beautiful!
Awsome place,good wine and good company!Have Paul do your wine tasting... He is very knowledgeable and funny!
We recently got married at Acquaviva Winery and have nothing but the highest regards for the way this event was managed, catered, and carried out. Kippy, Joe, and Shelly were with us every step of the way, answering questions and accommodating special requests for our special day. The service was phenomenal and the food was fantastic! Our guests have raved to us about everything at this venue, the beautiful vineyard where the ceremony was held, to the lighting on the patio, to the food at the reception. We are beyond pleased with Acquaviva Winery and we highly recommend this establishment. Definitely a 5 star!!!!!
Absolutely great! From service to food to the beautiful place and warm friendly atmosphere! HIGHLY recommend! WE will be back!