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Creating Christmas at Biltmore takes a village

Posted on 11/28/2016 by Jean Sexton

During the holiday season, gingerbread is usually the most popular building material for houses and villages. Topped with gumdrop roofs and powdered sugar snow, such charming creations are too...

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Biltmore Becomes a Port Authority

Posted on 11/01/2016 by Jean Sexton Comments(1)

If you think the phrase “any old port in a storm” also applies to port-style wines, think again: the pleasure of sipping a fine port makes it worth the effort of selecting something...

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A renaissance for Roussanne

Posted on 10/18/2016 by Jean Sexton

Receipts in Biltmore’s archives document that George Vanderbilt purchased and consumed wine on a regular basis, both at Biltmore and during his travels. Records of some trips, including one...

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Renovating America’s Most-Visited Winery

Posted on 10/07/2016 by Jean Sexton

In 1985, George Vanderbilt’s grandson William A.V. Cecil opened a new state-of-the-art winery in what had been an original estate dairy barn. Little did we know that within a few years, it...

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A summer retreat for sheep

Posted on 04/26/2016 by Jean Sexton Comments(1)

After George Vanderbilt officially opened Biltmore House to his friends and family on Christmas Eve 1895, you might imagine that the building projects he envisioned for his grand estate were...

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