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Biltmore Wines as a Bi-Coastal Winery

Asheville, NC

Today, Biltmore Wines is a producer of award-winning wines and home to a robust collection of wines. While Biltmore originally began bottling only the grapes from the estate’s vineyards, demand and necessity forced the company to look elsewhere for an extensive and consistent supply of premium grapes.
 
Creating Quality Biltmore Wines
Biltmore Winemakers Bernard Delille and Sharon Fenchak pride themselves on creating high-quality wines in the spirit of the vintages that George Vanderbilt served to family and friends. The search for the finest quality grapes means that Bernard and Sharon supplement the estate’s harvest with grapes from some of the top vineyards in the nation.
 
The expansion into other wine-growing regions across the U.S. has also allowed Biltmore Wines to create new blends using a wider variety of grapes. While North Carolina’s climate is favorable to growing some vinifera grapes, Biltmore’s vineyard does not have the room or the climate necessary to produce a large variety of grapes.
 
Searching for the Best Grapes in the U.S.
Approximately 75%-80% of Biltmore’s grape production comes from other grape growers and wineries. Biltmore’s winemakers work with numerous small growers scattered across California to meet our supply demands. They select grapes from various growing regions so they can ensure Biltmore has the best grapes for producing wines.
 
Our current larger partners include:
  • Several wine growers in Polk County, these local growers provide the volume of grapes necessary to produce wines with a North Carolina appellation.
  • Arroyo Seco Vineyards, which has been a Biltmore partner for close to 20 years. Their unique location in Monterey County, CA, is famous for white wines full of tropical fruit and refreshing acidity.
  • Pietra Santa Winery in Ciegega Valley, CA, boasts 120 acres of vineyards that grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Dolcetto, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
  • Tenbrink Vineyards, located in Solano Country, CA, enjoys a long-standing relationship with Biltmore. With three distinct climate zones in Suisun Valley, they can grow a wide range of grapes.
 
ABOUT BILTMORE WINES
Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt.  Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore Estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Among the many attractions on the estate is the nation’s most visited winery, started in 1977 in a converted dairy barn. In keeping with the Vanderbilt tradition of entertaining in style and embodying the agricultural legacy of its founder, Biltmore produces award-winning wines using fruit harvested from its 94-acre vineyard as well as from partners in N.C. and other premium growing regions. Biltmore ranks in the top 1% of the U.S. wine business and produces more than 170,000 cases of wine annually. To learn more about Biltmore Wines and to access a regional wine-buying guide, please visit www.biltmorewines.com.
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