F rom the first moment that the Brandonisio family opened Acquaviva winery in western Kane County, they knew it would quickly become a “destination,” says Joe Brandonisio, general manager of the property.
But, later this spring, the “destination” property – which already features a winery, an Italian restaurant, a market and acres of vineyards on a rolling landscape in Maple Park – will add a new amenity.
The ability to host overnight stays, thanks to the Acquaviva Winery Luxury Bed & Breakfast.
“We’ve always known we have something special here,” Brandonisio says. “There’s a reason we host 50-plus weddings a year. But with the [bed and breakfast] right around the corner, it’s going to make a visit here just that much more special.”
In the years since the winery opened in 2010, Brandonisio says that it has drawn an ever-growing loyal clientele, with patrons traveling from as far as Chicago or – at times – from places even more distant.
And, as the winery has gained in popularity, its visitors have suggested that the property also offer overnight accommodation.
“People have said, ‘You need a hotel, a motel, some kind of inn out here,’” says Brandonisio. “So, when this came up, we saw our chance.”
About three years ago, the owners of a stately brick house that overlooked Acquaviva’s vineyard put their home on the market.
The house is adjacent to the winery, so when the “For Sale” sign went up, the Brandonisio family quickly brokered a deal to acquire it, says Brandonisio.
“It was a good deal for us,” he says.
The Acquaviva team has spent the last few years renovating the house, doing “a little bit here, a little bit there,” he says, adding that his team took the interior down to the drywall and studs in order to adhere the their vision of having a “luxury B&B.”
The guest rooms were not yet ready for photographs by the time this article went to press, but the house has six guest bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and private balcony. Each room has a theme that represents a varietal of wine produced by Acquaviva Winery and both the rooms and inn will feature “very elegant, high-end, luxurious furniture.”
Guests staying at the inn will have access to a wine-tasting bar and market, and the home’s private patio. They also will have access to stroll along the vineyard estate, apple orchard and summer vegetable garden.
The winery has not yet secured a precise date on which the inn will open, though it will almost certainly open in the spring, says Brandonisio.
However, the winery has created a priority-booking list for those who contact the winery and express an interest in reserving a room in the future. Once the B&B is officially open, the owner will contact those on the priority-booking list to offer them first dibs at choosing the dates they seek. This will happen before reservations can be made by the general public.
“We’ve had people asking us when this will open ever since we started really even thinking about this,” Brandonisio says. “People are obviously excited about this and we’re excited, too.”
Acquaviva Winery is located at 47w614 Route 38, Maple Park. For more information, call the winery at 630-365-0333 or visit acquavivawinery.com.
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