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LaBelle Winery Taps Acclaimed Chef Peter Agostinelli as Culinary Director

by Michelle Thornton

Jan 14, 2021

Jan. 14, 2021
LaBelle Winery Taps Acclaimed Chef Peter Agostinelli as Culinary Director
Michelle Thornton
Director of Marketing
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101
Amherst, NH 03031
(603) 672-9898

Amherst, New Hampshire — LaBelle Winery announces its new culinary director, Peter Agostinelli, a celebrated industry leader. Agostinelli is a significant addition to LaBelle’s talented team of chefs, bringing his more than 20 years of culinary expertise and industry experience to the table. He will oversee LaBelle Winery’s food and beverage operations at its Derry, Amherst and Portsmouth locations, and help co-owners Amy LaBelle and Cesar Arboleda continue to realize their goal of creating the most creative, excellent and approachable menus in New England in order to provide the best possible dining experience and fare to their guests.

LaBelle Winery’s food and beverage operations include two restaurants, banquet facilities, a specialty market, offsite and pick-up catering, daily meal services, The Winemaker’s Kitchen artisan culinary products, and specialty beverages.

“Acquiring top talent is paramount,” Amy LaBelle says. “Peter’s expertise in the industry and depth of knowledge and experience will allow him to continue to elevate LaBelle’s culinary-related programs to a place we’ve always envisioned them going — and then some. His passion, creativity and commitment to excellence align with our mission of graciously accommodating customers by offering unparalleled experiences and outstanding wine and food. We are immensely pleased to have Peter at LaBelle’s culinary helm and so proud to bring this excellence to our community.”

Agostinelli says his love of food was founded in his grandfather’s kitchen when he was growing up. His cooking style is grounded in Italian culture, and has been influenced over the course of his career by global techniques and flavors. He received an associate in applied science degree in culinary arts from Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1998.

“As LaBelle’s culinary director I’m excited to bring my passion for New England cuisine and global influences back to southern New Hampshire,”Agostinelli says. “I’m looking forward to marrying LaBelle’s award-winning wines with exciting new dishes, and some culinary classics.”

Agostinelli has worked in several restaurants in Greater Boston and New Hampshire. He had a longtime association with Chef Todd English’s Olive Group, where he rose from sous chef to executive sous chef, and was ultimately appointed executive chef. He also worked at the critically acclaimed Bedford Village Inn and Restaurant in Bedford, New Hampshire, and at the Exeter Inn, in Exeter, New Hampshire. Before coming to LaBelle Winery in December 2020, Agostinelli served as executive chef at Grill 23 & Bar in Boston, where he had worked since 2018.

“My love of food stems from my love of the ingredients used to prepare it,” Agostinelli says. “A perfect tomato or a beautiful piece of pork inspires me. When you are given the gift of something that so many people have had a part in growing or raising, it is the responsibility of the chef to do something with that item to honor it.”

About LaBelle Winery:
After working as a corporate attorney in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Amy LaBelle founded LaBelle Winery in 2005 at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, New Hampshire. In 2008, she and husband Cesar Arboleda moved the winemaking operation to a barn behind their home in order to expand production. LaBelle made award-winning wines at this location until late 2012 when the operation was moved to its current location in Amherst. In addition to the winery, LaBelle’s Amherst location includes a restaurant, a wedding and event venue, an art gallery, a retail store and tasting room, and an on-site vineyard.

LaBelle Winery’s Portsmouth tasting room and retail store opened in September 2017.
LaBelle Winery Derry will open its event center and golf course in April 2021. Americus restaurant and LaBelle Market will open in May 2021. The Tasting Room will open in July 2021.
LaBelle Winery Amherst is located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst, New Hampshire.
LaBelle Winery Portsmouth is located at 104 Congress St. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
LaBelle Winery Derry is located at 14 Route 111, Derry, New Hampshire.
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