Just a few months ago, I travelled to North Carolina to celebrate my good friend’s official opening of Vita Vite, an Art Gallery + Wine Bar that’s located in Raleigh’s Warehouse District. The owner, Lindsay Rice, has worked tirelessly since March to transform her dream of owning a cozy space where art + wine are blended harmoniously into a reality. Vita Vite literally means “life” and “vine”, but more loosely translates into the belief that life revolves around food and wine. Thus, Vita Vite was created with the intention of being an inviting space that brings people together.
Lindsay’s background in art history and art management helped her to transform the warehouse into a rustic, yet warm and inviting space. She clearly has an eye for design because every inch of this space is beautifully decorated—from the oversized leather tufted sofas to the custom ironwork that was created by Iron Maiden Studios in Asheville. While sipping a glass of wine, you can browse Lindsay’s personally curated art collection, which features southern artists. My personal favorite collection is Caroline Boykin, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Southern C Summit last May. But the gallery showcases many different talented artists. There is also a small retail space that includes a collection of both southern made products, as well as European goods that are produced by small families. On top of that, Vita Vite features a beautiful 1,200 square foot event space that is enhanced by elegant chandeliers and exposed brick—the perfect setting for a rehearsal dinner or private party.
If you are visiting Raleigh, or even driving through, I encourage you to stop by and enjoy their seasonal variety of wine—from red, to white, to rosé and bubblies—or craft beer. You’re guaranteed to love this fun and relaxing place! As you can see, the pictures speak for themselves. Bravo, Lindsay!