Art and wine harmoniously collide at Vita Vite in Raleigh, North Carolina. Owner Lindsay Rice’s knowledge in Art History and Museum Studies as well as her passion for traveling the globe inspired her to open this homey wine bar in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district. Dedicated to showcasing Southern artists, Lindsay’s unique art collection covers Vita Vite’s industrial walls and adds a pop of color to each corner.
Upon arrival at Vita Vite, it’s hard to choose which section of the space you’d like to cozy up in with a glass of fantastic wine. Each area is designed to represent a room or space you’d have in your home. From a classic living room space to front porch, each space is adorned with unique pieces of art and of course, has chairs your body natural melts into after a few glasses of vino. After all, it’s totally okay to stay a while. Lindsay and I joked that perhaps after a few glasses of bubbly, I might decide to purchase the gorgeous cow painting above Vita Vite’s fireplace for my home! And it’s working – in the eight months Vita Vite has been open, 70 paintings have been purchased.
So, why art and wine? Both must be carefully curated, and Vita Vite offers Lindsay the opportunity to share her appreciation for the arts in a gallery format along with her other love, wine. The wine selection offered at Vita Vite is representative of Lindsay’s travels, and it includes a wide variety from obscure Eastern European wines to bold South American wines. Lindsay tastes each wine before placing it on the menu at Vita Vite, just like she meets each artist or examines their work before it hangs on the walls. She’s a firm believer that wine should be all about approachability and comfort, and she gladly offers her expertise to patrons to decide on the perfect wine to sip while at Vita Vite.
To Lindsay, wine is an every day thing, which was instilled in her by her wine-loving family. On a family trip to Italy, Lindsay learned the Italian words for “vita” and “vite” at a boutique wine shop. Upon hearing these words, which mean “life” and “vine,” Lindsay immediately knew this would be the name of her space in Raleigh. Lindsay appreciates the idea that life revolves around wine and food, and Vita Vite brings people together in a common space of appreciation for the beautiful things that can enrich life.
In addition to the delicious wines, Vita Vite offers snacks that are mostly locally sourced. For instance, you can snack on charcuterie, Roots Hummus, Red Clay Pimento Cheese, burrata cheese, as well as pastries from Belgian Cafe in Apex. Lindsay is sensitive to food allergies and Vita Vite’s snack menu is completely nut-free and offers gluten-free options as well.
Sit back with a glass of vino, relax in a comfortable chair and relish in the beauty of the artwork that covers Vita Vite’s walls.