By Dolce Vita, Inc.
In May of 1893, a group of Waldenses, from the Cottian Alps of Northern Italy, settled on land located near the
Catawba River ineastern Burke County of North Carolina, between the towns of Morganton and Hickory. The center
of this community became the town of Valdese.

The Waldenses were pre-Reformation Christians with a religious ancestry that dates back to at least the 12th century.
For centuries these Waldenses were persecuted by armies from both the governments of Italy and France and the
official church.This tiny religious sect was forced to take refuge in the Valleys of the Cottian Alps of Northern Italy and
remained secluded in the rugged mountains until they received their religious freedom by the Edict of 1848.

With this new peace their number grew rapidly until their Alpine farms could no longer support them.They looked
elsewhere and began establishing colonies in other parts of Europe, South America, and the United States.They
migrated to New York City, Chicago, Missouri, Texas and Utah, as well as Valdese. The Valdese colony became the
largest Waldensian colony in the world located outside of Italy.

In the beginning, the Valdese settlers tried to make their living off the land as they had in Italy, but the poor soil would
not produce. They turned instead to manufacturing, and with the same spirit of survival and determination of their
ancestors, began to prosper. Today, the history of the Waldensian style wines remains alive through the Waldensian
Heritage Winery and Waldensian Style Wines.
Copyright 2011 ゥ Dolce Vita, Inc.

Contact Us:
Waldensian Wine, 2340 Quail Run, Connelly Springs, NC 28612
Phone & Fax: (828) 879-9271
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Due to various state restrictions on direct shipments of wine to individuals, we are only able to ship wine to addresses in
certain states. Feel free to contact us in regards to shipping or for more information on these laws and restrictions please
check out the following sites:
www.freethegrapes.org
www.wineinstitute.org
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GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages
during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a
car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.