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 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 cork recycling barrels wine racks to display our wines at retailers.

picture of Biltmore House from far away

Cork Recycling at Biltmore


Why Cork?

Cork forests are a sustainable, regenerating product which make natural corks the most sustainable wine closure on the market. The cork forests are threatened by the influx of alternate wine closures such as screw caps and synthetic corks. Cork forests have a large positive environmental impact, so keeping them sustainable is important to us.

Our partner in recycling is Cork ReHarvest with Cork Forest Conservation Alliance. They are a non-profit organization committed to educating the world on the importance of using and recycling natural corks.  Learn how they recycle cork at their website.

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
  • World Market stores in North Carolina

*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

Biltmore wine corks