Folino Estate: Lehigh Valley Venue

Folino Estate Vineyard and Winery is a highly sought after wedding venue in Kutztown, Pa. With its spacious ballroom, gorgeous outdoor ceremony space, and acres and acres of beautiful vineyards, it is the perfect location for your wedding. Not to mention the stunning images from the natural beauty it provides!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography

How did you get started in this business?

The Folino family has a combined 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Marco’s grandfather also owned a vineyard in Italy! So when the idea and opportunity became available, it made perfect sense for us to combine these two and offer a winery that also has a restaurant for casual dining. We also loved the idea of creating a one of a kind venue ideal for weddings, showers, parties, and corporate events. I love fashion, interior decorating, event planning, and design and was very involved in this process and bringing this type of venue to the area.

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Photography: Hand and Arrow Photography

What brought you to the Lehigh Valley?

Our venue sits right over the Berk’s County Line, which is great because we see so many Lehigh Valley couples in addition to those in Berks County. In 2000, the land in Kutztown was purchased by the Folino Family in hopes of building homes. However, with township and environmental regulations, we learned that it was not going to happen. One evening we were relaxing and reading at home when we came across a story of a husband and wife who opened their own winery. We talked about what a fun and exciting venture that would be and it didn’t take us long to start researching and making this idea our reality.

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Photography: Maria Stamy Photography

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at in the Lehigh Valley? Your favorite dish to order?

Folino Estate of course! Our favorites are Lidia’s Lasagna, a Folino family’s secret recipe, and the Lorenzo pizza, named after our eldest son, Lorenzo! And of course, these can be paired perfectly with our signature or black label wine collections.

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Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography

What does the perfect day look like to you?

At home with our sons, Lorenzo and Luca, or traveling – our favorite vacation spots include Italy, Florida, and New York City!

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Photography: Dearly Beloved Weddings

What is your favorite part of a wedding?

Our favorite part of any celebration is seeing how unique each and every event is. Not one wedding is the same. I love to see the décor, flowers, and special touches that makes each wedding or event special for the couple and unique to who they are.

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Photography: Maria Stamy Photography

What is your fondest wedding memory-either from your wedding, if you are married, or from a wedding you attended?

Our first wedding will always be a fond memory for us. We were only a few months into our business and just starting to develop our team; therefore, we were very excited, but very nervous as we started this journey. Fast forward three years and our team has grown tremendously.

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Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography

What is a common mistake you see couples make while planning a wedding?

We encourage all of our couples to communicate; whether that be the budget, guest count, or even the timeline. Communication of what you want and expect from each vendor is also key. Your vendors will be in communication with each other, or they should be, but everyone needs to be on the same page. If you want the parent dances to follow the first dance, make sure your photographer and coordinator know this, in addition to your DJ, and if you change it make sure they are reviewing it.

This is why our coordinators always double check the timeline with all vendors and if something has changed or is not the same across the board, then they have time to communicate with the couple. The most important thing though is to let your vendors do their job and don’t sweat the small stuff. As long as you’ve communicated your wishes, everything should go smoothly.

What is your best advice for a couple planning their wedding?

Again, communication and vision. Communication with your vendors about your ideal day and how they can execute this within your budget, is key.

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Photography: Hand and Arrow Photography

What are some of your favorite aspects of your business?

We love welcoming everyone to our Estate; whether they are dining in the restaurant, shopping in the tasting room, or attending an event. On average, we host approximately 70 weddings a year. We have this unique opportunity to welcome guests from not only the surrounding area, but from many states across the US and also across the world. Interacting and getting to share our story and a meal with these guests is something special. Being a part of their memories, photographs, and story is just so special.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography

What do you wish couples knew about your part of the wedding industry?

There are so many great venues to choose from in our area – and we want you to pick the right one for you. Yes, we would absolutely love to host your wedding at Folino Estate, but we know we can’t have every engaged couple in the Lehigh Valley! Finding the right venue is like finding the right dress, you just know. We would love the opportunity to speak with every couple, just to learn more about their story, what their expectations and wishes are for their special day, what their expected budget may be, and how we can be apart of their big day.

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Photography: Dearly Beloved Weddings

What is the best way for a couple to prepare to meet with you?

We love interacting with engaged couples to learn more about their special day, and how Folino Estate can be a part of it! We have a great virtual tour video available, that many couples and parents find helpful when deciding if they’d like to schedule a tour. Our dedicated wedding team would be more than happy to send you our wedding packages as well. And don’t worry, our team will walk you through all the packages and options we have available to customize your special day, when you meet.

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