The Fairport-Perinton Chamber of Commerce is very familiar with Casa Larga, both as an elegant and unique venue for events and as a participating Chamber member. They are being honored as the Chamber’s March Business of the Month.
Founders Andy and Ann Colaruotolo shared a vision and a passion for producing good wine that could be shared with friends and family. The winery started as a hobby and then flourished into a business. The first vines were planted in 1974. It takes four years for vines to produce fruit, and thus the first vintage was not released until 1978.
Just as time marched on from hobby to business, so did the ownership. With the passing of founders Mr. and Mrs. “C,” the Colaruotolo children, Andrea C. O’Neil, Mary Jo Telesca, and John Colaruotolo run the business today. Throughout the business, family tradition is enjoyed and furthered.
Andrea C. O’Neill said, “We like to create experiences.” At their beautiful, contemporary venue with a gorgeous view, many different events are hosted - - weddings, business meetings, family celebrations. Many family tables also share their wine. Always looking for the next venture, the venue is currently being remodeled to include a new tasting room, updating of the events facility and a plan for a cafe to be added in 2018.
The Chamber enjoys having Casa Larga attend its many events. President of the Chamber, Paul West stated, “Casa Larga is a very faithful member. The active members make our events worth attending. When the Chamber hosts at Casa Larga, Chamber guests report very positive feedback.” In addition to the Chamber, Casa Larga also serves our greater community through the Hugs Foundation and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Plus, they are known for always supporting local donation requests.
The only winery in Rochester, Casa Larga believes in buying local to support the community which has supported it for 43 years.