The Biltmore Winery celebrates its landmark 25th year anniversary in 2010!
William A.V. Cecil, the grandson of Biltmore’s founder George W. Vanderbilt, started the winemaking program as part of his vision for the estate to remain self-sustaining. It all began in 1971, when the first grapes were planted as part of an experimental project. This project has turned into America’s most visited winery!
In 1985, Biltmore Winery produced 10 different wines totalling approx. 350,000 bottles. Today, Biltmore offers more than 50 different wines and produces 2 million bottles each year.
I had the opportunity to meet the winemaker and sample some delicious wines, including:
- Biltmore Estate Riesling: classic and crisp with delicate fruit flavors
- Century White: unique blend featuring aromas of roses and fresh mint
- Biltmore Reserve Cabernet Franc – Dry Creek Valley: strong tannin structure with earthy aromas
Winemaker Bernard Delille, a Frenchman, has been winemaker at the estate since 1986. He holds a master’s degree from the Faculty of Science in Lyon, France, and served his internship in the Bordeaux region. He received his French National Diploma of Winemaker in Dijon, Burgundy, and was winemaker in the Pyrenees Atlantiques region prior to coming to Biltmore.
You can shop in their online store at shop.biltmore.com for access to their full line of wines, delivered to your home. Shipping is available in 26 states.
Adventure on, and sip up!