Sustainability & Cork Recycling
Preservation and environmental stewardship were of the utmost importance to George Vanderbilt and continue to be a priority on his estate today. Our vineyards are lined with grass row middles to prevent erosion and keep soil out of our lake and creeks. We use organic fungicides, such as sulfur and copper, whenever possible and irrigate our vines with water from nearby Long Valley Lake. To help reduce waste, we reuse all growing materials, and we recycle all of our cardboard, plastic, glass, paper, and steel.
Our Winery, meanwhile, is powered in part by a six-acre, 1.2-megawatt solar panel system. Grape byproducts such as stems and must are used for mulching and compost, and retired barrels are cut in half and reused as planters across the estate and repurposed into wine racks to display Biltmore wines at retailers.
Cork Recycling at Biltmore
When it comes to corks, we not only recycle ours, we also accept yours. Cork recycling is an important aspect of any winery operation because cork is a slow-growing natural resource that must be protected to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship. We collect and recycle used corks.
Feel free to drop yours off at any of the following locations:
- Gate House Gift Shop, located at Biltmore’s entrance*
- Biltmore Winery
- All Biltmore Estate restaurants
- Grove Arcade in Asheville
- Select retail locations
*No estate admission required.
You can also mail used corks to:
Biltmore Estate Wine Company
Re: Cork Recycling
1 North Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801