It's my name! But Barolo is also a delicious red wine from Piedmont (a region in the northwest of Italy bordering on France) and is 100% made from the grape Nebbiolo. Barolo is normally a wine for cellaring–often ten years or more.
The term donkey and burro refer to the same animal. Burro is the Spanish word for donkey. Our burro, Barolo, is a smaller American Standard size donkey-about 11 hands-or 44" at his shoulder.
You can expect Barolo and his handler to arrive at your location at least 15 minutes prior to the designated start time to meet with your event coordinator. He will be well groomed, having had a warm water/shampoo bath earlier that day, and he will be appropriately outfitted in his best wedding/event couture, with flowers and/or decor customized to match your theme. Additionally, his friendly handler will accompany him and be available to answer burro questions, assist in taking photos, help your guests feed Barolo treats, and, most of all, hand your guests beverages!
Technically a standard size donkey can carry half its weight, but we ask Barolo to carry far less than that. At the beginning of the night when Barolo is first loaded up with his treats, beverages, and coolers with ice, the weight is at the most 45 pounds. Considering the packs are extremely comfortable and Barolo is very strong (and weighs about 400 pounds) the amount of weight the burro is packing is negligible.
Absolutely! While Barolo has packed everything from small wine kegs, tequila barrels, wine and champagne bottles, he also can carry water, soft drinks, snacks, flowers, wedding gifts, party favors, and even marketing materials-it's up to you as long as it's not too heavy!
We do not sell alcohol, we simply serve it. The venue or client provides the beverages. Our handlers are Colorado Responsible Alcohol Beverage Training certified. Barolo comes equipped with a state of the art pack saddle which allows him to comfortably carry two 28 quart plastic Coleman coolers. Ice and beverages are carried inside these coolers. Soft drinks, water, snacks, and other items also can be distributed by Barolo's handler.
We are fully insured with a General Commercial Liability policy which includes host liquor liability so you don't need to hire an additional bartender from the venue for beverage service with our donkey. Our donkey handlers are also Colorado Responsible Alcohol Beverage Training certified. Barolo is very gentle and never messy, and he always carries a very discreet item under his tail called a “Bun Bag” so if the need arises (which it rarely does at events) he is able to make a deposit in a contained, unseen way. If there is a concern about the burro scratching the tile or carpet due to walking over it with his hooves, we will outfit him with rubber booties to protect any flooring.
Not at all! After each photo is taken we make sure to reward him with a treat for his patience and good behavior. Barolo looks forward to photos because he knows a treat is headed his way after the shot is taken. Plus he thinks he's a supermodel! And, quite frankly, so do we!
We are currently booking events for 2022. Our popular dates get booked quickly, so please reach out as early as possible if you’re hoping to have Barolo at your wedding or special event.