A tour and tasting at the Biltmore Winery are included in your admission ticket to the estate. Whether you're interested in sampling wines, learning more about the art and science of winemaking, or just relaxing with some delicious food and wine in a beautiful setting, don't miss the Winery! It's about 5 miles from the Biltmore House in Antler Hill Village on the estate. It's located adjacent to the Inn at Biltmore Estate and the Village Hotel and stays open until 8 PM most of the year (9 PM for holiday season, 7 PM in January-March). They open at 11 AM.
Begin by taking a stroll underground through the historic cellars of the former Biltmore Dairy to an impressive tasting room where gracious wine hosts guide you through a complimentary wine tasting of robust reds, refreshing rosés, and crisp whites. Grape juice is also available so all ages can enjoy. Browse gourmet foods, cooking accessories, and other treats in the Wine Shop. There's also a big variety of guided tours and experiences to make your visit even more memorable (see below).
Find many enhancements for 2018 (pic above from Christmas season)! The completely renovated Tasting Room provides a personal tasting with expert guidance. Choose from 20+ wines to sample, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.
Join the Vanderbilt Wine Club and get invited to wine-centric social events and receive many other benefits. Four times a year, receive three special vintages from the Club category of your choice: red, white, mixed, sweet.
New for 2018 is a snazzy Wine Bar beneath the Winery clock tower with many wines by the glass, plus cheese plates and truffles. There's an outdoor area perfect for unwinding after a day of touring.
Special Biltmore Winery Tours
Tucked in the back of the Wine Shop you'll find the Premium Tasting Counter, where you may sample reserve and sparkling wines for a nominal cost.
Wine and Cheese Hour
Each evening at 6 PM, join a social hour filled with wines and food pairings hosted by Biltmore wine aficionados. $25/person
Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Take a guided tour of the production area and learn about the vineyard to bottle process, concluding with a private wine tasting. $10/person
Red Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Be guided through a tasting of red wines paired with local chocolates. Learn about the red wine making process and why chocolate and red wine are considered a natural pairing. 45 minutes. Reservations required. $25/person
Celebration of Sparkling Wine
Sundays-Thursdays at 6 PM. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the traditional méthode champenoise. Then taste each of Biltmore's sparkling wines. 45 minutes. $25/person.
Vine to Wine Tour
For a VIP tour of the vineyards and winery at Biltmore Estate, take their Vine to Wine Tour. The 2.5-hour tour is offered only in late summer and fall on Saturday and Sundays, May-October. Sample specially selected award-winning premium wines throughout the tour, along with light bites. Begin at the front door of the Winery with your expert guide. Board a small motorcoach and head across the French Broad River to the "other side" of Biltmore with rolling farmland, not open to visitors on general tours. Enjoy the mountain views and sip some wine while you learn about many steps to growing the grapes. Then head back to the winery's crush dock to begin a behind-the-scenes tour on the floor of the production areas. This is an adult only (21 and over) tour. Cost is $85/person (passholders save 10%), in addition to the estate ticket. Advance reservations are required. Call Biltmore at 1-800-411-3812 to book.
Go to the Biltmore Estate website for the latest info on special tours.
Premium Wine Tasting
Biltmore Wine Tasting Tips
- Feel free to ask your host questions about the wines and wine tasting.
- Wine tasting is a social activity, so feel free to talk about what you see, smell, and taste.
- Notice the clarity of good wines as you hold them to the light.
- Place your nose at the rim of the glass and inhale deeply to catch the wine's "bouquet."
- Hold the wine on your tongue a few seconds; then whistle in to take advantage of additional flavors released by exposure to the air.
- Notice the more full-bodied taste of red wines and the aftertaste that lingers in your mouth, a sure sign of a good wine.
- Most of all, have fun!
Vineyards are lined with grass row middles to prevent erosion. They use organic fungicides, such as sulfur and copper, whenever possible and irrigate vines with water from nearby Long Valley Lake. The Winery is powered in part by a six-acre, 1.2-megawatt solar panel system. Grape byproducts such as stems and must are used for mulching and compost, and retired barrels are cut in half and reused as planters across the estate and repurposed into cork recycling barrels wine racks. Cork forests have a large positive environmental impact, so keeping them sustainable is important to us. You can recycle your cork at Biltmore's gift shops, winery and restaurants.