A visit to Vizzini’s will get you a nice meal, some excellent wine, and pleasant surroundings. Located in Calera, just south of Birmingham, the winery was started in 2005 by Tom and Deborah Vizzina. Tom was born and raised in the Birmingham area. Teal Dick brings his winemaking knowledge to Vizzini’s and ensures the end products are high quality. Another Alabama native, Michael Cash, is also part of the team.
The Bistro at Vizzini’s is open Monday-Saturday and serves many dishes using vegetables fresh from their onsite garden. The Chicken Tetrazzini Salad is exceptional, but the menu also carries an assortment of pizzas, pastas, paninis and more.
Customers may take advantage of a wine tasting and tour, getting a little history of the winery along the way, including the Vizzina name. Part of the tour may include a peek at the lovely vegetable garden.
There is a wide selection of wine to choose from, including red and white. Some carry locally influenced labels, such as the Collegiate Collection for both Alabama and Auburn fans.
- Cabernet Sauvignon – made with grapes from Washington and North Carolina
- Chardonnay – with a hint of oak
- Great White – made with muscadine grapes
- Miss Scarlet – a sweet red muscadine wine
- Paulina – named after the owner’s mother
- Peach – using Chilton County peaches
- Appling Riesling – has a semi-sweet green apple finish
- Tuxedo Junction – a desert wine with a hint of chocolate and raspberry
- Viognier – hints of apricot and pear
Authors note: We ended up purchasing six bottles – my favorites being Miss Scarlet, a sweet red wine, and the Appling Riesling that has a hint of green apple. I also picked up a specially-labeled bottle of Geaux wine for my LSU daughter-in-law. We had part of a bottle of the Viognier with our lunch, and had the remainder of the bottle corked to take home. We also took advantage of a Living Social Coupon and ended up taking away two souvenir glasses as well.