Va La Home Vineyard in winter mist



The Little Vineyard

Matteo and Carolina Carozzo left their families in the Monferrato hills, to take work in a Delaware gunpowder
factory. After several years, in 1928 they were able to pool their life-savings to purchase an abandoned field near
the town of Avondale. The small field occupies a knoll between a concrete factory and two manure composting
plants. The ground is littered with old horseshoes, musket balls, and veins of the black mushroom soils
that are infamous to the area. The first vines of the home vineyard were planted here in 1999.

Pop Pop Jim ran over 100 miles of wire to erect a trellis for the seven acres of vines. The initial planting
coincided with the longest drought in the regions history, which ended suddenly when 10 inches of rain fell
in one evening. The next morning, a deep sink hole had opened-up in the field. At the bottom of the crevice,
a large crucifix was discovered. The crucifix was mounted atop a fence post overlooking the young vines,
and he became known as Vineyard Jesus." He now watches over the wine table in the tasting room.

This hill has been visited by hurricanes and hail, disease and cold snaps, deer, insects, and the endless legions
of birds. New members of our family have been born here, and others have left us. Great Grandmother Anna,
into her late-90s, always admonished us to rack the wines on the new moon. Our daughter is now the fifth
generation of Matteo and Carolina to live and work in this field. It is a place pregnant with memories,
and full of ghosts.




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Before setting out to visit please call ahead to verify that regular hours still apply in cases of
inclement weather, or holidays. We attempt to post cancellations on our page in the book of faces:

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On Friday evening extended hours, tastings by the flight will be available until 5 pm,
after that time the wines will be available by the glass and by the bottle.

Press / Social Media: Due to our modest size and facilities we respectfully request that you please
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-- Before setting out, please see the Visit Us Page for Menu and important details --

We look forward to seeing you at the little vineyard!



Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday May 29 + SundayMay 30
Bring the blankets and chairs, have a glass of Avondale field wine, and enjoy
the cool cool sounds of The Official Band of Avondalia, the fabulous
Glenn E. Williams Jazz Trio, right here in the little vineyard.
(both days 2:00 to 5:00 pm, weather permitting.)
Please note that outdoor seating is very limited! To request a reservation
please Text: "Reservation" to 484 548 1681


Monday May 31: Memorial Day Monday -- Closed.

July 4th Weekend: Saturday July 3 + Sunday July 4
Live in the vineyard, and dead to their parents, bring the blankets and chairs
for an afternoon concert with Avondale field wines, and the mighty mighty
Glenn E. Williams Jazz Trio of Independence
( both days 2:00 to 5:00 pm, weather permitting )
Please note that outdoor seating is very limited! To request a reservation
please Text: "Reservation" to 484 548 1681


Labor Day Weekend: Saturday September 4 + Sunday September 5
Bring the blankets and chairs and join us for a little Avondale field wine and
a live jazz concert in the backyard with the Sworn Enemies of Work,
the Mighty Glenn E. Williams Trio
(both days 2:00 to 5:00 pm, weather permitting).
Please note that outdoor seating is very limited! To request a reservation
please Text: "Reservation" to 484 548 1681


Monday September 6: Labor Day Monday -- Closed.

Friday November 26:
A very special afternoon concert with the Man Who Makes the Whole World Sing,
pianist Glenn E. Williams performing his moving 'Tribute to Leftovers'. (2:30 to 5:30 pm)

Indoor seating available by reservation.

Sunday December 19:
Holiday concert in the galleria: "A Celebration of Yellow Snow" performed
by pianist Glenn "Dirty Santa" Williams IV. (2:30 to 5:30 pm)

Indoor seating available by reservation.








---- SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS 2021 ----


January 1: New Year's Day 2021 -- Closed.

April 4: Easter Sunday -- Closed.

Monday May 31: Memorial Day Monday -- Closed.

Monday September 6: Labor Day Monday -- Closed.

October 3: Avondale Lawnmower Appreciation Day -- Open normal hours.

We will be open on Wednesday November 24 until 3 pm for curbside pick ups only;
We will be closed November 25 Thanksgiving Day

~ During the December holidays, in addition to our weekend tastings,
we willbe open every day for curbside pick-up by prior arrangement
by texting 484 548 1681 between Noon and 5 pm ~

with the exception of:
- Christmas Eve 12/24: We will be open until 3 pm, for curbside pick ups only
- New Year's Eve 12/31: We will be open until 3 pm, for curbside pick ups only
- We will be closed on Christmas Day 12/25 , and New Year's Day 1/1/22 -

We wish you a safe, happy, and beautiful 2022.

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♦ We advocate the responsible consumption of wine, we do not serve minors or visibly intoxicated persons.
♦ We are a very small family farm, and regrettably unable to accommodate buses, limousines,ocean liners,
or groups over 4 persons indoors, or over 6 persons outdoors, under any circumstances please.
♦ An active, working farm facility where adults are served alcohol should not be considered an environment
conducive to children or pets. Non-Service dogs are permitted, outdoors only, as long as they are
leashed and maintain a 10 foot distance from all other guests. (The same applies to children. 😀)


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