Little Rock's first winery coming to Main St.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A century-old building on Main Street in Little Rock is getting a face lift and what's on tap for the inside is a first for the area.

A winemaker from California, Margie Raimondo's love of wine is one that can be traced back decades.

"My grandfather actually started making wine in Italy and came to the United States and passed on the tradition of making wine to my uncle first and now I'm the third generation winemaker for Raimondo," said Margie Raimondo.

Now, she's bringing that passion and Italian flair to Main Street, with plans of opening the area's first winery on the bottom floor of the historic Fulk Building, the former home of the Arkansas Democrat.

"I've been watching the food renaissance here in Little Rock from afar and I really just been thinking that I really wanted to be apart of it," said Raimondo.

"It's just a really neat historical piece that's about to come back to life. I think this is just a great addition to the community here," said owner of the building, Jenanne Filat.

In addition to a kitchen serving small plates of Italian style food, Raimondo Winery will have a barrel room and retail area, offering a little something for everyone.

The winery wont be just limited to the inside. The plan is to utilize all this outdoor space so the guests can feel right at home.

"I envision this area where we will have some nice outdoor seating so people can come on a nice day like this and sit down and really just enjoy a small plate and friendship and family," said Raimondo.

Raimondo has had a wine-making operation in Mountain Home since 2008, but this new location will be her flag ship operation. The winery will specialize in Italian and Iberian wines and will also have homemade extra olive virgin oils and premium balsamic vinegar for sale.

Construction on the winery is set to begin in May with an anticipated October opening.

Moses Tucker Real Estate is the project developer. Other plans for the renovation include retail space and loft-style apartments. THV11 will have updates on the progress of the winery.

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