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The Biltmore House Winery in Asheville North Carolina
The Tower at the Biltmore Winery in Asheville North Carolina

December 2009

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The Biltmore Winery

The Biltmore wine business got off to a shaky start. According to "Lady on the Hill" by Howard E. Covington, Jr. (see Resources) its first winemaker was one of the estate's handymen and even William Cecil declared that the first wines were in bottles with pretty labels but were undrinkable.

The Biltmore House Blacksmith
Entrance to the Biltmore Winery  in Asheville NC

The first wines were produced in the lower level of the conservatory with an experimental production techniques. The early efforts were poor and as William Cecil expanded the number of grapevines on the estate he also began the search for an experienced winemaker and a better facility.

The Biltmore House and Statue
Wine Tasting at the Biltmore House Horse Barn in Asheville NC

The new facility turned out to be the estate's former dairy barn which had seen better days. Cecil hired a design firm to redesign and expand the facility to house wine production, storage and public rooms for tasting and purchasing.

The Biltmore Winery Gift Store

Wine Tasting at the Biltmore House Horse Barn in Asheville NC

The Biltmore website (see link below) says the the Biltmore Winery is the most visited winery in the United States with over one million visitors each year.

 

General Store at the Biltmore House Horse Barn in Asheville NC
Deerpark Restaurant at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Biltmore Estate Restaurants

Deerpark Restaurant

This restaurant is housed in a barn designed by Richard Morris Hunt and, according to their website, specializes in "family-style dishes and Appalachian specialties." They offer a Sunday buffet and children under 9 eat at no charge.

You are required to have paid an admission to the estate to eat here.

The Courtyard Market at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Courtyard Market

This restaurant is very near the house and offers pizzas, sandwiches, wine and beer from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating is outdoors. It is open seasonally.

Stable Cafe at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Stable Café

This restaurant had indoor seating and is in the transformed 19th-century stable. Some of the tables are in former horse stalls.

It is located at the end of the stable area beside Biltmore House. Its menu features a variety of foods including chicken, fresh salads, and desserts. They offer a children's menu.

You must have paid the estate admission fee to dine here. They serve lunch from 11:30 to 4:00 and dinner from 5:00 on.

Ice Cream Parlor at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Ice Cream Parlor

The parlor offers ice creams, frozen yogurts, draft root beer and other beverages.

They are in the Stables Courtyard area along with the Bake Shop, the Courtyard Market and the Stable Café.

They are open seasonally from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Arbor Grill at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Arbor Grill at The Biltmore Winery

The Arbor Grill is at the Biltmore Winery. It offers outdoor seating and light lunches.

Click here to see the Arbor Grill menu.

Live music begins at 4:00 on the weekends.

The Bistro at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Bistro at The Biltmore Winery

The Bistro is open for lunch and dinner and offers a fuller menu than the Arbor Grill.

Click here to see their menus.

The Bistro is also open for holiday meals. Click here to see their 2009 Thanksgiving menu.

The Conservatory Cafe at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Café at The Biltmore Conservatory

You can burn some serious calories walking the gardens and paths of the Biltmore Estate. In the midst of these trails is the Conservatory with its outdoor café.The café features sandwiches, snacks, wine and frozen daiquiris .

Open seasonally 11:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Biltmore Inn at the Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Dining Room at the Biltmore Inn

 

This is fine dining on the Biltmore Estate. The Dining Room is for dinner only and they have a dress code:

"Collared shirts and slacks suggested for men; dresses, skirts, or dress pants and blouses suggested for women."

They have both a la carte and fixed price menus.

Click here to see their menu . . .

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The Lodge Gate at The Biltmore house in Asheville North Carolina

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