Warm weather and lazy weekends may signal just the right time to get out of town and seek a new adventure. Take a trip to Biltmore Winery in Asheville, NC this summer and enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of the estate’s wine production in the new Vine to Wine tour. Offered every weekend through October, this tour brings wine drinkers of all ages (21 and older, of course) up close to the action, as guests take a trip through the vineyards, walk the production floor, and take a peek at the cellars.
The winery’s unique architecture may remind guests of a quaint old dairy barn because, well, it used to be one. Richard Morris Hunt, the architect for Biltmore House, originally designed and completed the home and barn in 1895. Years later, William A.V. Cecil, the grandson of Biltmore’s original owner George W. Vanderbilt, decided to convert the dairy barn into a winery to keep the estate self-sufficient.
The vineyard, established in 1971, opened to the public in 1985. It offers a wide variety of grapes, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, mroe than 250 tons of which are hand-picked annually for production. After the tour, Biltmore guests can enjoy a glass of wine at the local wine bar, or shopping and fine dining in the Antler Hill Village. The two hour and 15 minute tour is offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45 p.m. The tour is $85 per person.