Hello, I am Sal Maiolatesi, owner of Maiolatesi Wine Cellars. In the next few minutes, I am going to invite you to take a journey with me through Maiolatesi Wine Cellar’s history and how it originated. Let me begin by telling you a little bit about myself and how this all came to be. It began in Olyphant, Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised. A graduate of Johnson Technical School, I worked eight years as an electromechanical technician for WEA, now Cinram International in Olyphant, Pa. As fate would have it, this would become a stepping stone that would help me realize my dream and assist me in building my very own wine equipment.
My passion for wine began with my great grandfather, who carried the tradition of winemaking from Italy all the way to Jessup, Pennsylvania. In 1999 I opened my winery and was the youngest sole proprietor in PA. In 2003 I decided to leave my full time job, this was a huge risk for me but as the old adage goes, it’s better to try and fail than fail to try. My first location was located on the Scranton/Carbondale Highway in Childs. The inventory I carried back then ranged from fruit sweetened wines to semi-sweet treats to dry whites and reds and from my top-shelf serialized Merit age to a homemade-style potion called Coal Miners Red. It was my goal to make something that would suit every palate.
In 1998 my first daughter, Mia was born and she was the inspiration behind my first series of Mia sweet wines - Mia Bianco, Mia Labruscana, and Mia Rose. Several years would pass and my second daughter Giulia would arrive. Giulia would begin my next series of dry wines- Guilia’s Reserve Merlot, Guilia’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and Guilia’s Reserve Chardonnay. I would invite you to view my entire wine list under the “wine list” drop down. While there, look for my featured wine of month in which I talk about during my live radio show twice a month on The River (104.9 in NEPA) called “No Wine-ing Wednesday’s”.
Moving on, in 2007 tragedy struck my entire winery in Child’s and I would suffer a total loss and major setback. I vowed to come back bigger and better as production would never really stop. However it wasn’t until a year later that I would be able to resume bottling and selling my wine again.
And now, here we are in 2009 at the all new Maiolatesi Wine Cellars. In July I hosted the official Grand Opening of my 10,000 square foot facility on 36 acres in Scott Township. This all new state of the art facility includes 2,000 square feet of retail space which displays some of my finest wines, gift items such as stem ware, wine racks, serving platters, cheese and cracker cutting boards, and gift baskets that are all able to be customized for any occasion. In addition, there is a beautiful handmade cherry wine bar, complements of my Dad, Sal Sr., which scrolls along the wall of the retail area. This Tuscan themed wine cellar is where you have the opportunity to taste for yourself, prior to purchase the many wines that I personally craft and pride myself on.
At this time, I would like to personally invite you to come in and experience for yourself my “distinctive wines masterfully crafted” and tour my facility where you too can experience for yourself a new favorite wine.
****join us every Friday evening for music and Bobby Mac's Wood Fired Pizza!!*****
please call the winery to make your reservations.....(570) 254-9977
2/9 - Valentines Wine Dinner #1 - please call the winery in Scott Twp. for details and reservations.
2/14 - Valentines Wine Dinner #2 - Please call the winery in Scott Twp. for details and reservations.
2/17 - Valley View Softball Fundraiser - held at the winery in Scott Twp. from 5-8pm.
2/21 - UNICO Presentation - Sal Maiolatesi speaking about "The History, Art & Business Of Wine Making"
12pm at the Sherbine Lounge, Penn State Worthington Campus.
2/22 - Glen Oaks Country Club Fundraiser.
3/2 - Kingston Armory Home Building and Remodeling Expo./Wine tasting
3/31 - All locations CLOSED due to the Holiday.
4/6 - Sal's B-day Bash - 5-9pm at the winery in Scott Twp., Music by *EC3*, $7 door cover
4/7 - Goumet Gala - 5-8pm @Genetti's Manor, Dickson City, PA.
4/20 - American Heart Association Fundraiser 6-9pm @ the winery in Scott Twp. (Tickets are $25 and are available for sale at the winery)
4/27 - Sipping into Spring Wine Festival, Pioneer Plaza Hotel, Carbondale, PA.
4/27 - Scranton Rotary Fundraiser, details to follow.
5/4 - Cinco de Mayo @ the winery in Scott Twp., 5-9pm, $7 door cover.
5/11 - Vineyards by the Viaduct Wine Festival, 12-6pm Nicholson, PA.
5/18 - Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival, Montrose, PA.
6/1 - Summer Kick Off Party -5-9pm Featuring the Jeffrey James Band, at the winery in Scott Twp.
6/1 - Wine and Jazz Festival 11:30-5pm, Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, PA.
6/8 - Winery closing at 2pm, due to a private event.
6/22-6/23 - The Great Tastes of PA Wine and Food Festival, 12-6pm Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony, PA.
6/29 - Factoryville Sportsmens Club Wine Festival, 1-7pm Factoryville, PA.
6/29 - Dallas Rotary Wine Festival - 11-6pm @the Luzerne Cty. Fairgrounds.
7/13 - 4th Annual PIG ROAST featuring *a.m.Radio*, 2-9pm at the winery in Scott Twp.
7/20 - Sipping into Summer Wine Festival 12-6pm, Clifford, PA
7/21 - One Life to Live Pet Rescue and Adoption Fundraiser - 5-8pm @ the winery in Scott Twp.
7/27 - Upstate Wings and Wine Festival 11-5pm Tunhannock, PA.
7/24 - Jessup Wine Festival 11-5pm, Jessup, PA.
7/24-7/25 - Food and Wine Festival @ Seven Springs Resort, Seven Springs, PA.
Distinctive Wines Masterfully Crafted