HISTORY OF VIA VECCHIA WINERY
Paolo Rosi always made wine with his father, using traditional Tuscan techniques passed down through family. When Paolo moved to the US, he brought basic equipment with him in the shipping container and began making wine as a hobby with friends.
As the wine making hobby turned into a business and became more serious, it moved from the basement of Paolo’s suburban home into a historic warehouse in the Brewery District.
Paolo and his business partner, Michael Elmer turned their Brewery District winery into a hip spot to host to a multitude of events and wine tastings that stirred lots of buzz.
After discovering the winery location was highly sought after by local and out-of-state brides, Michael and Paolo launched the perfect union, Weddings & Wine!
The former Front Street location was sold out nearly every weekend of the year. Together with a professional group of trusted vendors, Via Vecchia Winery hosted hundreds of weddings.
In 2018, Michael and Paolo decided it was time to grow again. More space would allow for larger sized weddings and for increased production facilities for their all-natural wine. Michael and Paolo began scouting Columbus for the next home of their winery while creating another highly desirable event venue.
Upon their search, they discovered the urban industrial area slated for a host of redevelopment plans, including breweries and entertainment. Wanting to be at the forefront of the new venture, Paolo and Michael decided to make S. High Street the home of their family owned winery.
Via Vecchia Winery’s new Event Space is located just minutes south of Downtown Columbus among a growing hub of businesses at The Fort, a former fire engine manufacturing plant.
Offering an urban industrial-chic aesthetic, the 6,000 square feet event space is a versatile indoor and outdoor space that can be shaped and styled to fit any occasion.
Currently, the winery is housed in the adjacent building allowing ample space to produce their all-natural, hand-crafted, red wines made from whole grapes imported from California. Future plans will include a winery that will connect to the patio allowing guests additional options for events.