We are located at 1406 Highway 62 West in Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
Margie Raimondo is a good example of a professional woman who decided to pursue her passion and completely change her career direction. After more than two decades in a marketing and operations career in Silicon Valley high-tech, she moved from California to the Arkansas Ozarks to start a winery. Moving from high tech to hospitality seems like a major transition except that Margie grew up in a large, Italian family that celebrated daily life though food and wine. Even during her busy life as an executive, she made time for cooking because it was an outlet for creativity and fun. She is passionate about food and wine’s magical ability to bring people together. Margie's love for travel has allowed her to explore the wine regions of Italy, France, Australia, and New Zealand. She takes every opportunity to visit and enjoy a lesson at local farms where specialty cheeses, wines and other food products are produced.
The story of Raimondo Winery begins many generations ago with a family that traces its roots to Palermo, Sicily. The Raimondo Family began its winemaking heritage in the United States three generations ago when patriarch, Grandpa Marty, moved to California. He made the first barrels of family wine from Zinfandel and Mission grapes from Southern California. This wine was bottled under the label Grandma and Grandpa's Family Wine. For more than four decades, Marty produced the family's wine. After spending a decade learning the family wine protocols under her Uncle Tony, the second-generation family winemaker, Margie became an Arkansas small farm winery manufacturer in 2008. Margie's passion as a winemaker is to honor the old world approach to winemaking by producing Italian and Iberian varietals such as Zinfandel, Barbera, and Sangiovese. Raimondo Winery is committed to producing small, hand-crafted wines from the only the finest vineyards.
She discovered her love of cooking at an early age while cooking with her grandmother and mother. She borrows from old-world traditions while creating her own new-world style in the cellar and in the kitchen. Her love for pairing wine and food and a keen interest in expanding her culinary knowledge prompted her begin selling extra virgin olive oils and premium balsamic vinegars under the Raimondo Winery brand. Raimondo Winery offer the finest and freshest extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars and specialty foods. Our products are carefully sourced from award winning small batch producers around the world.
She shares her recipes on a food blog and by offering cooking classes under the brand name: Simply Sicilian.