Story behind Vita Vite

Vita Vite comes from the Italian words for “life” and “vine” – the idea that life revolves around wine and food, bringing people together in a common space of appreciation for the beautiful things that can enrich life.

Lindsay Rice, Owner

Lindsay Rice is a contemporary travel photographer, wine aficionado and art enthusiast. Her early childhood travels ignited a love of artistry and cultural experiences, a passion that deepened as she explored wines of the world as an adult. Lindsay cultivated her passion for art at Sweet Briar College where she received a bachelor’s degree in Art History and an Arts Management Certificate. She furthered her studies at Georgetown University where she received a master’s degree in Art and Museum Studies. As part of the program at Georgetown, Lindsay also spent a semester studying decorative art and design atSotheby’s Institute in London. She also earned a level one Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) sommelier certification from Johnson and Wales University.

Her travels across the globe always lead her back to the vineyards where her appreciation for art and wine blossomed into a vision for Vita Vite – a space where her two passions could intertwine. In addition to her love of art, Lindsay maintains a professional photography company. She has worked in various galleries and most recently managed an antique shop while interning in both nonprofit and for profit galleries and museums.

Awards

2019

Gold Award: Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine
2019 Diamond Awards | Midtown Magazine, January 2019

Gold Award: Best Place to Have a Girls Night Out
2019 Diamond Awards | Midtown Magazine, January 2019

Gold Award: Best New Bar
2019 Diamond Awards | Midtown Magazine, January 2019

Silver Award: Best Place for Drinks after Work
2019 Diamond Awards | Midtown Magazine, January 2019

Best Wine Bar
WRAL.com 2018 Voters’ Choice Awards, January 2019

Best Wine Bar
Raleigh Magazine, February 2019

2018

Top 11 Coziest Bars in Raleigh
VisitRaleigh, November 2018

Gold Award: Best Place to Grab a Glass of Wine
2018 Diamond Awards | Midtown Magazine, January 2018

Gold Award: Best Place to Have a Girls Night Out
2018 Diamond Awards | Midtown Magazine, January 2018

Best Wine Bar
WRAL.com 2017 Voters’ Choice Awards, January 2018

Best Wine Bar
Wake Living Magazine – Readers Choice Awards, Summer 2018

2017

10 Best Wine Bars
Best Things NC, November 2017

40 Under 40 Award – Lindsay Rice
Triangle Business Journal, June 2017

Women in Business Award – Lindsay Rice
Triangle Business Journal, April 2017

2016

STAR Award: Best Light Commercial Space
by Rock Creek Builders Inc | 2016, Remodelers Council