A secret to most, our beloved North Carolina ranks seventh in the entire country in wine production. Our inn enjoys Biltmore Estate Wine popularity and marvels that, despite the rhetoric about the Napa Valley, Biltmore Estate is the most visited winery in the entire United States. Does the number one million astound you? Wine tourism is a hot topic in our state.
Established in 1971, in a carefully selected location on the estate, the first plantings were French-American hybrids. Vinifera plantings followed; carefully chosen and overseen by William A.V. Cecil always with his grandfather’s vision that the estate be self-supporting. Just as it was hoped, the demand for Biltmore Wine continues to grow, prosper and innovations continue under the leadership of Bill Cecil, Jr., current CEO and president of Biltmore Company and great-grandson of Biltmore Estate owner, George W. Vanderbilt.