Create Cocktail Chemistry with Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin

Create cocktail chemistry with Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin–a delicious collaboration between two family-led companies in Asheville, North Carolina.

Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin

Chemist Conservatory Rose Gin
Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin crafted is a collaboration with Chemist Spirits in Asheville, NC

Mixed or muddled, handcrafted botanical gins are very much on trend, and none surpass the pure elegance of Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin.

“This is a spirit created in collaboration with Biltmore Winery to evoke the classic refinement of Biltmore’s gardens in bloom,” said Chris Price, Wine Marketing Manager.

Barrels at Biltmore's Winery
Oak barrels in the Barrel Room at Biltmore Winery

The 84 proof base gin crafted by Chemist Spirits expresses soft juniper notes bursting with bright citrus. It is then matured for several months in Merlot-soaked estate barrels for a rich infusion of wild raspberry and toasted oak flavors.

Perfect petals

In addition to the traces of Merlot, the gin rests on fresh-picked rose petals from Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden, resulting in a palate-pleasing botanical gin infused with delicate nuances of pink and white roses, vanilla, and a kiss of oak that finishes with a smooth, velvety note of dry red wine.

Perfect blooms in Biltmore's historic Rose Garden
Petals from blooms in Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden were selected for the spirited collaboration that resulted in Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin

“We invite you to enjoy Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin in the ‘spirit’ in which it is intended–as a reminder to slow down and savor those lingering moments that capture the sweeping romance of the estate and inspire us to pause and drink in the roses,” Chris said.

Cocktail chemistry

Create cocktail chemistry with Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin
Create cocktail chemistry like this elegant “Vie en Rose” with Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin

To honor this exclusive collaboration in which Chemist Spirits locally distilled gin is carefully aged in Biltmore Estate® Merlot barrels—along with a fragrant profusion of petals from estate roses—we’re shaking things up with a trio of Biltmore wines perfectly paired with a splash of spirits to create instant cocktail chemistry:

Create instant cocktail chemistry with Biltmore Rose Gin
Enjoy a refreshing French Rose 75 Cocktail featuring Biltmore sparkling wine and Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin

• Bistro invites you to sip their sensational Vie en Rose cocktail featuring Biltmore Estate® Syrah and Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin.
• The Gin & Zin Tonic, featuring Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Zinfandel and Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin, is available at Cedric’s® Tavern.
• Perfect for any occasion, the elegant French Rose 75 cocktail with Biltmore Estate® Brut Sparkling and Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin is a favorite at The Inn on Biltmore Estate®.

Find Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin and Biltmore wines

Create cocktail chemistry with Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin
Create cocktail chemistry with Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin and our trio of Biltmore wines!

Enjoy signature Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin cocktails at each of the estate restaurants listed above, and find our award-winning wines in Biltmore shops, online, or close to home with our Retail Locator.

To purchase Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin by the bottle (while supplies last), visit or contact Chemist Spirits in Asheville.

Woven in Wonder: Stickwork by Patrick Doughtery

Woven in wonder, Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty is a fascinating outdoor sculpture created exclusively for Biltmore.

Stickwork is a one-of-a-kind installation

“Each of Patrick’s sculptures are one-of-a-kind,” said Travis Tatham, Director of Entertaining and Event Programming, “and that makes his work a perfect fit for Biltmore, which is a one-of-a-kind destination.”

Weaving with willows

Patrick Dougherty with his Stickwork creation for Biltmore
Patrick Dougherty with his Stickwork creation for Biltmore

Working with willow branches, Patrick creates large-scale installations that reflect the beauty and character of the site that hosts them.

Patrick and son Sam Dougherty arrived at Biltmore in mid-March to begin work on the installation in Antler Hill Village along with a truckload of willow branches grown in New York.

Patrick Dougherty with his Stickwork creation for Biltmore
Patrick Dougherty weaves willow branches into his Stickwork sculpture

“Given the large crowds that Biltmore draws, we wanted something palatial and roomy, with walking areas to accommodate large numbers of visitors,” said Patrick. “We aimed for a free-wheeling sculpture to occupy the site with flowing energy.”

Free as a Bird

Mockingbird atop Patrick Dougherty's Stickwork creation for Biltmore
A curious mockingbird checks the progress on the Stickwork sculpture in Antler Hill Village

While working at Biltmore, Patrick and Sam noticed a pair of mockingbirds that came from a nearby holly bush every day to serenade the creation.

“They seemed to be staking a claim to the work,” Patrick said, “so we decided to name the sculpture Free as a Bird in their honor.”

In the past three decades, Patrick has built more than 300 of these large-scale environmental works worldwide, from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States.

Sam Dougherty works on Stickwork creation for Biltmore
Sam Dougherty adds his signature woven edges to the Stickwork creation for Biltmore

Sam, Patrick’s full-time construction assistant since June 2016, has developed into an expert stickworker. His signature can be found on every sculpture, especially in the rolled top edges.

Stickwork is fun for all ages!

Stickwork creation for Biltmore
Some Biltmore staff members had an opportunity to assist Patrick and Sam Dougherty in the creation of the Stickwork sculpture in Antler Hill Village

According to one Biltmore team member who had an opportunity to work with Sam and Patrick as they wove the whimsical sculpture, “Adults have asked ‘what is this?’ but kids walk up and know exactly what to do with it. They say ‘it’s a stickhouse and I need to run through it and play!'”

Discover Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty

Child explores Stickwork sculpture in Antler Hill Village
The new Stickwork sculpture in Antler Hill Village is fun for all ages!

Now through September 30, discover Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty, located in Antler Hill Village near the Outdoor Adventure Center.

This delightful sculpture entitled Free as a Bird invites excitement and exploration for all ages, and is included with estate admission.

Free as a Bird is lit at night, further enlivening the space, especially for those who are enjoying a stay at either of our distinctive hotels or our two private historic cottages.

Craft Incredible Cocktails with Biltmore Wines!

Craft incredible cocktails with Biltmore wines and enjoy a refreshing new way to savor summer sipping on the porch, patio, or by the pool!

Switch up the spirits

“Summer is the perfect time to craft incredible cocktails featuring wines handcrafted here at Biltmore’s Winery in Asheville, North Carolina,” said Chris Price, Wine Marketing Manager. “‘And if you are looking for a lower-proof version of your favorites, simply switch out the spirit for a similar style of Biltmore wine,”

In the case of the white wine mojito below, we swapped the traditional rum for Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Sémillon. It makes a perfect “shady afternoon sipper” to enjoy while reading in the hammock (naps optional!).

White Wine Mojito Cocktail*

White wine mojito made with Biltmore Estate Limited Release Semillon
Craft this White Wine Mojito Cocktail featuring Biltmore Estate Limited Release Sémillon for summer sipping all season long

• 2 ounces Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Sémillon
• 2 ounces Italian lemon soda
• ¾ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
• ¼ ounce simple syrup
• 4 mint leaves

Craft the cocktail: Muddle 4 mint leaves thoroughly in 2 ounces of Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Sémillon using a rough edge muddler. Add lime juice, simple syrup, and shake briefly on ice in a Boston shaker. Double strain into a martini glass and top with Italian lemon soda.

Serve straight up with a floating mint leaf as a garnish so ice does not overly dilute the cocktail. (Muddle different types of fruit to bring new flavors to this recipe—we give you a license to be creative!) Serves 1.

Wine: Recognized for its notably smooth texture and significant palate weight, our Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Sémillon, handcrafted at our estate winery, is a full-bodied, dry white wine. The rich, silky texture complements the fresh melon flavors and zesty citrus aromas. An exciting wine for any occasion, it pairs well with chicken, halibut, pork, turkey, and salads.

Summer Riesling & Tonic Cocktail*

Wine and tonic cocktail with Biltmore Estate Limited Release Riesling
Savor the flavor of your favorite fruits in this Summer Riesling and Tonic cocktail

“Fresh fruit and wine pair beautifully together, and warmer weather is the perfect time to experiment with your favorites and share the delicious results,” Chris said.

Whether you’re serving craft cocktails on the patio, porch, or poolside, outdoor entertaining takes on a new meaning when you invite a special guest like rum. Yum!

• 1 bottle Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Dry Riesling
• 8 ounces white rum
• 1 cup blackberries
• 1 cup fresh basil leaves (reserve some for garnish)
• 2 lemons (sliced into thin wheels and halved)
• Elderflower tonic

Craft the cocktails: The day before you want to serve these cocktails, pour Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Dry Riesling and your choice of white rum into a pretty pitcher. Submerge several basil leaves and blackberries in the mixture and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to serve, use your favorite glassware and build each drink with ice, blackberries, basil leaves, and a couple of lemon wheels. Fill glasses a quarter of the way with elderflower tonic, and the rest of the way with the chilled wine and rum mixture. Enjoy! Serves 6.

Wine: Discover the drier side of Rieslings with our Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Dry Riesling. It is quite enchanting, with bright citrus and spice aromas followed by flavors of stone-fruit. However, it is the dryness that makes this Riesling so extraordinary, and different than most types of this varietal you will experience. You can pair our Dry Riesling with rabbit, crab, oysters, and shrimp for delightful dining.

Chenin Blanc Pineapple Slushies*

“This craft cocktail is a fun way to liven up a summer gathering,” Chris said. “There’s a bit of nostalgia to any slushie drink, but this is definitely a grown-up version of the ones you remember from childhood!”

Pineapple slushie cocktail with Biltmore Estate Limited Release Chenin Blanc
Treasure the tropical taste of our Pineapple Slushie Cocktail!

• 8 ounces of chilled Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Chenin Blanc
— Tip: put wine in the freezer 30 minutes prior to mixing these cocktails
• 4 ounces chilled Plantation Pineapple Rum (used as a float)
• 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
• 1 cup frozen mango chunks
• 6 ounces pineapple juice
• 3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
• 2 ounces ginger syrup (recipe below)
• 4 dashes Bittermen’s Tiki Bitters (or your favorite brand)
• Ice

Ginger Syrup
• 1 cup of water
• 1½ cups organic sugar
• 1 medium ginger root, sliced

Place all ginger syrup ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly so sugar doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 1 hour while it cools. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Makes 1½ cups of syrup.

Craft the cocktails: Place all ingredients except rum in a blender. Blend until you have obtained a super slushy consistency. Pour into a glass, leaving room to float 1 ounce of Plantation Pineapple Rum on top, then garnish with extreme creativity! Serves 4.

Wine: An estate and online exclusive, our handcrafted Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Chenin Blanc is a rarity among its kind. Enjoy the balanced and fruity introduction, with a lingering, sweet finish accented by floral aromas and citrus flavors. The rich notes make it a wine that can stand firmly on its own, but it does pair well with Asian cuisine, crème brûlée, fresh fruit, fruity desserts, and tiramisu.

Purchase award-winning Biltmore wines!

Bottles of Biltmore white wines
Biltmore white wines are perfect for summer sipping by the glass or in craft cocktails

While the three delicious Biltmore Estate Limited Reserve wines featured in the craft cocktails above are available only in estate shops or online, you can find many of our wines close to home with our Retail Locator.

*Special thanks to The Urban Gastronome for creating the recipes for the craft cocktails featured in the post!

Restoring the Oak Sitting Room in Biltmore House

Restoring the Oak Sitting Room in Biltmore House is an extensive project that has taken our Museum Services team nearly 15 years to complete.

Restoring the Oak Sitting Room

Bronze lamp being cleaned
A conservator cleans a bronze lamp that is now on display in the Oak Sitting Room

“Located between Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Bedrooms, the Oak Sitting Room is part of the family apartment in Biltmore House that served as a private sitting room for George and Edith Vanderbilt,” said Lori Garst, Associate Curator.

During the Vanderbilt era, head housekeeper Emily King met with the Vanderbilts daily in this room to plan the day’s activities and meals.

A private room for family and friends

Oak Sitting Room in Biltmore House
Details of Oak Sitting Room restoration. including a collection of Rembrandt etchings, reproduced in partnership with The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City

According to Lori, the Oak Sitting Room served as one of the few private areas where the family might take time away from the responsibilities of hosting a house party or interacting with their guests.

“Access was, essentially, by invitation only and primarily reserved for family members and the Vanderbilts’ closest guests,” Lori said.

Reproduction from the Morgan Library of a Rembrandt landscape etching for the Oak Sitting Room
Rembrandt landscape etching in the Oak Sitting Room reproduced in partnership with The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City

The room also functioned as a gallery where George Vanderbilt showcased some of his most prized collections, including a number of Rembrandt etchings.

“Over the course of approximately 20 years, George Vanderbilt amassed one of the finest collections of Old Master prints, particularly etchings made by Rembrandt,” said Lori, “but in 1906, George sold his Rembrandt collection to fellow collector J.P. Morgan.”

The collection remains in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and, with support from their staff, a selection of more than 30 of these etchings have been reproduced and are now presented in tabletop frames, just as they were originally displayed in the Oak Sitting Room.

Oak Sitting Room restoration highlights

Here are just a few of the highlights of this project:

Portraits of George Vanderbilt's parents
Portraits of William Henry Vanderbilt and Maria Kissam Vanderbilt now grace each end of the Oak Sitting Room
  • Portraits of George Vanderbilt’s parents, formerly hanging in the Breakfast Room, have been placed over the fireplace mantels at each end of the room.
  • A magnificent suite of 17th-century style furniture in a rich green and gold damask, modeled after the famous settee in Knole House that George admired while visiting England in 1889, has been restored for this project.
  • Bronze lamps from William Henry Vanderbilt’s Fifth Avenue mansion in New York.
  • A pair of stunning silver gilt filigree candelabra are on display along with several bronze sculptures from George Vanderbilt’s collection.
  • An elaborate Boulle-style desk with intricate brass inlay–a massive restoration project in its own right–is a showpiece in this room.
Ebony cabinet in the Oak Sitting Room
Ebony cabinet-on-stand on display in the Oak Sitting Room

“One of our guests’ favorite pieces–the ornate ebony cabinet-on-stand made in the Paris workshops in the 17th century that has graced the room for decades–remains on display in in the Oak Sitting Room,” noted Lori.

Oak Sitting Room is a must-see experience

Green settee for the Oak Sitting Room
Restored to its original elegance in a rich green and gold damask, this settee is part of a magnificent suite of 17th-century-style furniture now displayed in the Oak Sitting Room

This complete reinterpretation of the Oak Sitting Room creates a must-see experience inside a familiar space as this private living room will now be displayed as it would have been experienced during George Vanderbilt’s lifetime.

“It showcases Biltmore’s founder as not only an aristocrat, but a lifelong scholar, collector, and patron of the arts.” Lori said.

Gain a new understanding of the Vanderbilts’ lives

George and Edith Vanderbilt at Buck Spring Lodge, c. 1912
George and Edith Vanderbilt share a moment together at Buck Spring Lodge, c. 1912

In addition to restoring objects of art, furnishings, and textiles to their original grandeur and locations according to archival photos and letters, this large-scale restoration project provides an opportunity to help our guests better understand the day-to-day lives of the Vanderbilts.

Plan your Biltmore visit now

Make your Biltmore House reservations now to be among the first to see the restoration of the Oak Sitting Room.

In addition to the Oak Sitting Room, be sure to visit The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad exhibition, which features stories and objects from the Vanderbilt family’s life at Biltmore and their world travels, at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village.

Featured image: Rembrandt etching reproduced in partnership with The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City

Your Private Oasis Awaits at Biltmore

Your private oasis awaits at Biltmore when you reserve a getaway at our Market Gardener’s Cottage on Biltmore Estate.

When visiting the estate, you may have noticed this beautiful cottage facing the river along the exit road.

Built in 1896, this original private home is now available as one of the estate’s lodging properties which also includes The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, and our newest offering, the Dairy Foreman’s Cottage.

Your private oasis

Guests relaxing on the porch of a private oasis--the Market Gardener's Cottage on Biltmore Estate
Inside or outdoors, the Market Gardener’s Cottage offers privacy to relax and enjoy your stay at Biltmore

“The Market Gardener’s Cottage really is a private oasis and our most luxurious retreat,” said Jeanne Gualano, Lodging Director of Revenue.

“This beautifully appointed home features quaint porches, lush gardens, and the opportunity to customize your stay with concierge service and a private chef,” Jeanne said.

“You’ll enjoy access to estate gardens, grounds, and Antler Hill Village & Winery for your length of stay, plus access to amenities at our four-star Inn, including The Spa Biltmore, fitness center, and outdoor heated pool and hot tub that are open seasonally,” said Jeanne.

Cottage history

Archival image of agricultural workers and estate residents at the Market Garden, photographed in front of an elaborate display of estate-raised produce.

Designed by Richard Howland Hunt, son of Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt, the Market Gardener’s Cottage originally anchored the Market Garden, also known as the Truck Farm.

This garden was considered the most important vegetable growing site on the property, where many seasons of vegetables and fruits were harvested to serve the estate. The staff always employed the latest scientific farming techniques and machinery, not surprisingly since George Vanderbilt often was thought of as an innovator.

It may be hard to imagine now, but the estate’s first vegetables were intended to grow in the Walled Garden near Biltmore House. After a short time, however, Mr. Vanderbilt wanted the gardens closest to Biltmore House to thrive with ornamental plants and flowers.

Archival image of Walled Garden
The Vegetable and Flower Garden (now the Walled Garden), circa 1895

Fruits and vegetable production was relocated to the site of the Market Gardener’s Cottage, on fertile bottomland along the Swannanoa River near its juncture with the French Broad.

Biltmore’s first market gardener

George Stevenson Arthur (1861-1945), a native of Scotland, came to Biltmore in 1897 to manage the estate’s gardens and greenhouse. For the next 17 years, he and his wife, Isabella, lived and raised nine children in the cottage. Following George Vanderbilt’s death in 1914, the family moved to Biltmore Village.

The estate’s agricultural heritage

Archival image of estate workers during harvest season at Biltmore, ca. 1900

Archival documents tell us that Biltmore sold excess vegetables and fruit to the public at wholesale rates. An Asheville Daily Citizen article alerted its readers “and housekeepers [to] have their attention attracted to the new advertisement of the Biltmore Farms …” An article later that year predicted that, because “Mr. Vanderbilt … has both brains and science at his command,” the Biltmore Market Garden could easily compete with the long-established farms of the northeastern U.S.

Archives also show that in 1897, estate superintendent Charles McNamee placed an ad in the Asheville Daily Citizen for cabbage and three kinds of sweet potatoes for sale from the garden.

The courtyard by the cottage also served as a vegetable packinghouse and wholesale outlet for local merchants who could access the estate from Victoria Bridge on the Swannanoa River.

Creating a modern private oasis

One of two bedrooms in the Market Gardener's Cottage
One of two comfortable, well-appointed guest bedrooms in the Market Gardener’s Cottage

In the early 1980s, the cottage was renovated to provide accommodations for VIPs and individuals from out of town who had business with the estate.

The courtyard was used as an outdoor set during the 1992 production of Last of the Mohicans, filmed on the grounds of Biltmore and at other locations in Western North Carolina.

“The Market Gardener’s Cottage was renovated again in the last few years,” said Jeanne. “This time, it was reimagined to feel like a private home, as if you are a guest of the Vanderbilts with your own address!”

The cottage, which features exceptional Biltmore For Your Home furnishings and décor, offers an oasis for those who desire a private and luxurious setting as a home base for enjoying their Biltmore experience.

Your private oasis awaits!

Your private oasis awaits at Biltmore with a stay at the Market Gardener's Cottage
The Market Gardener’s Cottage features a courtyard as part of its private oasis charm

Beautifully updated to offer a unique experience of Biltmore, each of the Cottages on Biltmore Estate™ is a private oasis of service, style, and charm that harkens back to the Vanderbilt era—classic homes wrapped in history and refined with modern touches.

Discover your private oasis with our Market Gardener’s Cottage or plan a stay at the newly renovated Dairy Foreman’s Cottage in a charming wooded setting within walking distance of The Inn and Antler Hill Village & Winery.

Révant Revealed: Discover Biltmore’s New White Wine!

Discover Biltmore’s new white wine, Révant–a delightful way to savor our passion for winemaking and the intricate details of George Vanderbilt’s magnificent estate.

Creating a white wine for all seasons

Révant white wine
This new wine is handcrafted to be enjoyed any time of year

“In the past, we’ve always released a special white wine to celebrate spring,” said Chris Price, Biltmore Wines Marketing Manager. “This year, we wanted to create a more timeless offering that’s not just for one season, but perfect for sipping any time of year.”

Handcrafting this exceptional wine

Biltmore Winemaker Sharon Fenchak handcrafted Révant to be a smooth, off-dry white wine featuring aromas of citrus, tart green apple, and white peach,” Chris said. “Crisp and refreshing with tastes of Meyer lemon and persimmon, this easy-drinking wine is perfect for sipping and savoring any time of year.”

Révant label design series

Révant front and back labels
Each year, the Révant label will feature a new design drawn from details of the estate

Inspired by the most intriguing elements of George Vanderbilt’s magnificent estate, Révant is handcrafted to reflect our philosophy that Biltmore wines make every day more memorable, one moment at a time.

“The label features an enhanced photograph of a detail from one of the hand-carved stone friezes on the facade of Biltmore House,” Chris said, “while the name was drawn from the French word for dreams.”

Each year, we plan to release Révant with a different label that commemorates some beautiful design aspect of America’s Largest Home®. In addition to enjoying this delightful white wine, you can also celebrate the distinctive beauty of Biltmore.

Pair this crisp white wine with food, family, and friends!

Ladies enjoying a warm weather picnic with wine at Biltmore House
Enjoy warm weather sipping with friends and family!

Because of its crisp, refreshing flavor and smooth body, we suggest pairing Révant with seafood pasta salad, sushi, bagels with lox and cream cheese, and brie.

“Révant is a perfect white wine to liven up a brunch, garden stroll, and warmer-weather holidays such as Easter and Mother’s Day,” said Chris. “It’s an exceptional wine to savor outdoors.”

Purchase Biltmore wines today

Rows of Révant white wine
Purchase Révant, or any of our fine Biltmore wines, today

Find Révant–our newest white wine–and all our other fine wines in estate shops, online, or close to home with our Retail Locator.

Enhance Warm Weather Sipping with Biltmore Wines

Enhance warm weather sipping with Biltmore wines, whether you’re packing a picnic, entertaining friends and family outdoors, or simply relaxing on your porch or patio.

Ladies enjoying a warm weather picnic with wine at Biltmore House
Enjoy warm weather sipping with friends and family!

Refreshing your palate

During the warmest months of the year, winemaker Sharon Fenchak recommends focusing on lighter, dryer, more acidic wines.

According to Sharon, these wines refresh your palate in the same way lemonade does when the weather warms up and you’re thirsty.

Woman enjoying Biltmore Estate Chardonnay
Biltmore wines are perfect for warm weather sipping!

“Sweeter wines tend to leave you thirsty, while wines with higher acidity such as Sauvignon Blanc can actually quench your thirst on a warm spring or summer day,” Sharon said.

Crisp white wines for warm weather sipping

Biltmore wines provide great summer sipping
Enjoy Biltmore white wines by the glass or bottle this summer

“Our Biltmore Estate Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc is refreshing and surprisingly creamy with notes of coconut and key lime,” said Sharon. “It pairs beautifully with salads, chicken, and white fish–the kinds of food you tend to serve in warmer weather.

Sharon also recommends Biltmore Estate Pinot Grigio with its spicy citrus finish, and our delicately fruity Biltmore Reserve Viognier North Carolina, handcrafted from grapes grown at the estate and by our local partners. Both options are especially nice for sipping outdoors on spring and summer evenings.

Prefer a cool, elegant classic white wine for summer sipping? Our Biltmore Estate Chardonnay offers crisp fruit flavor and hints of oak to complement everything from grilled vegetables to chicken and seafood.

Pick the perfect rosé for warm weather

Celebrate summer with sensational sangrias
Sweeten the long days of summer with this delightful sangria cocktail featuring Biltmore Estate Dry Rosé

Rosé drinkers will appreciate our Biltmore Estate Dry Rosé, a surprisingly dry wine with delicate layers of berry flavors. It’s perfect with chicken, pork, salmon, and sausage–serve it along with all those smoky grilled favorites at your next backyard barbecue–or enjoy it in our refreshing “Love Never Runs Dry” cocktail.

Warm-weather sippers for red wine lovers

Biltmore Cardinal's Crest makes a sensational sangrias
Add some sparkle to warm weather sipping with our Cardinal’s Crest Sangria!

Sharon recommends mellow, versatile reds for the warm weather sipping; one of the best is Biltmore Estate Cardinal’s Crest—a smooth, easy-to-drink blend.

“Enjoy it by the glass, or mix up a pitcher of Cardinal’s Crest Sangria to sip in the shade,” Sharon said. “Your friends will thank you!” 

Another warm-weather red is our medium-bodied, fruity Biltmore Century Sweet Red—a lightly sweet blend featuring flavors of blackberry and vanilla.

Bubbles are festive and fun

Pouring sparkling wine
Sip Pas de Deux Sec with food or create sparkling cocktails

Like something bubbly? Sparkling wines like our Pas de Deux Sec crafted with aromatic Muscat Canelli grapes and handcrafted in the traditional methode champenoise style are perfect for warm weather sipping on their own or as the base of a mimosa or other cocktail.

Cool down with the 20-minute rule

Bucket full of Biltmore Wines
Put Biltmore wines on your “bucket list” for summer sipping!

Whatever wine you prefer, make sure you chill it first (yes, even red wines). Cool reds for about 20 minutes before you serve them. For white wines, remove from the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to serving so their aromas and flavors can be released.

And remember the most important rule of wine: drink what you like, regardless of the time of year.

Enjoy Biltmore wines for warm weather sipping

Summer sipping outdoors with Biltmore wines
Enjoy summer sipping and entertaining outdoors with your favorite Biltmore wines

Enjoy your favorite Biltmore wines at the estate, purchase them online, or find them close to home with our Retail Locator.

Create a spring centerpiece inspired by Biltmore

Fresh for spring, you can create a spring centerpiece inspired by the glorious floral arrangements in Biltmore House during our annual Biltmore Blooms celebration!

Spring is a favorite season at Biltmore

Spring centerpiece in Mrs. Vanderbilt's Bedroom at Biltmore
See stunning spring arrangements like this in Biltmore House during Biltmore Blooms

“I think spring is a favorite season for many of us at Biltmore,” said Lizzie Borchers, Floral Manager.

“We love to celebrate the season by creating arrangements that harmonize with the décor in Biltmore House,” Lizzie said, “and we also love to highlight special features with our designs.”

Spring centerpiece in the Library at Biltmore House
Lovely blooms, including early spring branches, add interest to any spring centerpiece

This year during Biltmore Blooms, Lizzie and her team will be delighting guests with an “Art in Bloom” theme that showcases some of the priceless portraits and fantastic furnishings in America’s Largest Home.

Create your own stunning spring centerpiece

Blue and white spring blooms
Create a stunning centerpiece that’s perfect for spring!

Ready to create your own spring centerpiece inspired by Biltmore?

With some helpful suggestions from our floral team, you can create a stunning design that evokes the fresh feeling of spring with a classic blue-and-white theme.

“Although we’re used to making arrangements on a grand scale that suits Biltmore House, you can use our techniques to achieve a centerpiece that works for your space,” said Lizzie. “Just choose a smaller container as your starting point!”

In addition to the blue-and-white blooms recommended below, try adding pretty pops of color with unexpected touches like peacock feathers and a decorative egg-filled bird’s nest as a special nod to spring.

Suggested Materials
Neutral-colored container
Floral oasis
Blue spring Dutch iris
Caspia
Cream stock
Pittosporum (potted version used in this arrangement)
White roses
White hydrangea
Peacock feathers (optional)
Decorative bird nest with eggs (optional)

Begin by cutting a piece of floral oasis foam to fit snugly inside your container. Soak it well, then begin adding flowers and greenery.

Tips: you can create an equally pretty arrangement by using small potted plants (or even permanent botanicals) rather than freshly cut flowers.

Choose green and flowering plants of different heights for texture and interest, and add pieces of Styrofoam to lift some pots higher than others.

Plan your Biltmore Blooms visit

Family activities for spring at Biltmore
Explore our glorious gardens and grounds during Biltmore Blooms this spring

Make plans now to celebrate spring during Biltmore Blooms, April 1 – May 27, 2021.

In addition to the wonders of Biltmore Blooms, you’ll be able to enjoy Biltmore Gardens Railway in the Conservatory, Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty in Antler Hill Village, and much more!

Celebrate Our 125th Anniversary with Sparkling Wine

To celebrate our 125th anniversary, Biltmore Winemaker Sharon Fenchak created a sparkling wine to commemorate the occasion.

Here’s a brief history of the first Christmas event at Biltmore, and the seasonal spirit that inspired our new Biltmore Estate® 125th Anniversary Release Brut sparkling wine.

Biltmore’s first Christmas

Celebrate Christmas at Biltmore
The towering Banquet Hall Christmas tree has been a tradition for 125 years

On Christmas Eve of 1895, George Vanderbilt welcomed his friends and family to celebrate the holiday in his magnificent new home. The following account of “Christmas at Biltmore” was reported in The Times-Democrat newspaper from New Orleans, Louisiana, two days later:

Newspaper account of the celebration

Floral team members install garland
Garlands and greenery are still used to decorate Biltmore House

“For many days workmen were enhancing the splendor of the chateau with decorations appropriate to the Christmas season, under the direction of Mr. Vanderbilt. His suggestions have covered every detail, and a beautiful and elaborate scene was unfolded before his guests yesterday.

Decoration of the planthouse (Winter Garden) is the chief feature. The design called for an unobstructed view from all the approaches within the chateau, and the idea is thoroughly realistic. The exquisite charm of the enclosed garden is apparent at the first glance as the guests enter the main floor.

Winter Garden in Biltmore House
The Winter Garden decorated for Christmas at Biltmore in 2020

Above, from a symmetrical dome, fall great festoons of spruce and waxen holly, forming arching lines, while garlands of the same evergreens adorn each point of vantage. The effect is as if a vast green canopy had been erected under the span of the dome, the supports of which, also laden with green, serve as pillars of the canopy.

About the floor of the planthouse innumerable palms and ferns are arranged in such a way as to give all the natural effect of a garden in the opening of a tropical forest. That eye may not be wearied with one unvaried hue of green, many plants in full bloom are placed here and there in the planthouse, their color being used to the fullest advantage.

Enornous red berry wreath in the Library at Biltmore House
This enormous berry-and-ribbon wreath in the Library recalls the natural decor from Biltmore’s first Christmas celebration

The forests of Biltmore estate afforded a wealth of the desired foliage, and plants from a New York florist, who arranged the whole scene, and bushels of scarlet holly berries were ordered from the marshes of Eastern Carolina and were used in ornamentation of the chateau.”

The tradition continues

This year marks the 125th time that the halls of Biltmore House have been decked in honor of Christmas. As part of the celebration, Biltmore Winemaker Sharon Fenchak spent months developing our new Biltmore Estate® 125th Anniversary Release Brut.

Celebrate Our 125th Anniversary with Sparkling Wine

Biltmore sparkling wine in an ice bucket
Add sparkle to your celebrations with Biltmore sparkling wines

“This sparkling wine is handcrafted in the traditional méthode champenoise with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes selected from partner vineyards in California,” said Jill Whitfield, Senior Wine Marketing Manager.

“It’s a wonderful wine with a touch of rose gold color and aromas of tangerine, yeast, strawberry, and honey,” Jill said. “The taste is refreshing and nicely balanced with tiny bubbles and hints of strawberry, mint, and Meyer lemon.”

Pouring Biltmore sparkling wine into a glass
Celebrate our anniversary–or yours–with the new Biltmore Estate 125th Anniversary Release Brut

According to Jill, this is an excellent sparkling wine to pair with charcuterie and cheese boards, fresh fruit, caviar, steak tartar, scallops, and angel food cake with strawberries.

Perfect for any occasion!

Couple drinking wine while they savor in place at home
Include Biltmore bubbles in your Valentine’s Day celebration!

“It’s also perfect for ringing in the New Year, or giving as a thoughtful gift of the season,” noted Jill. “And be sure to have plenty of our exceptional Biltmore bubbles on hand for your Valentine’s Day celebrations!”

Pair Biltmore Wine with Cookies for Holiday Cheer

‘Tis the season to pair Biltmore wine with your favorite cookies to ramp up the holiday cheer!

Pairing wine and cookies

Christmas cookies on a tray
Pair Christmas cookies with Biltmore wines for a sweet holiday treat

“Whether you’re baking at home, participating in a neighborhood cookie swap, or sending sweets to someone far away, our wine and cookie pairing ideas are the perfect way to pour on the cheer this holiday season,” said Courtney Miller, Vanderbilt Wine Club® Manager.

In addition to the recipes you’ll find below, we’ve paired each cookie with Biltmore wines to make it even easier to match each distinctive flavor with a wine that complements it.

“Go ahead and sweeten the season by purchasing Biltmore wines,” advised Courtney, “then bake some cookies, or snag similar styles from your local bakery; I won’t tell!”

Pour on the holiday cheer

According to Courtney, you generally choose a wine that’s a little sweeter than the treat with which you plan to pair it, but richer, heavier sweets can stand up to dryer wines.

“Either way, you’ll be ready to savor a sophisticated treat for the holidays,” Courtney said. “And if you upgrade Santa’s usual glass of milk to a glass of Biltmore wine, I’m pretty sure he’ll add you to his ‘nice’ list!”


Pair Biltmore wines with cookies like these honey gingersnaps
Our Biltmore Estate Riesling is a perfect partner for Honey Gingersnap Cookies

Honey Gingersnap Cookies

Get ready to snap up these crisp, gingery cookies with lightly sweet wines such as our delightful Biltmore Estate® Riesling and Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Muscat Canelli!

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup honey
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-fine granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.

Method
Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in both types of ginger, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Set aside.

Cream together butter, honey, and ½ cup sugar in bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla.

Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix until combined. Chill dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Scoop out each portion of dough with a tablespoon. Form into a ball and roll in remaining sugar. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten slightly.

Bake for 10–12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.


Pair Biltmore wine and fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies
Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect with red wines like Biltmore Estate Limited Release Petite Sirah

Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

There’s a reason why pairing red wines like our Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Petite Sirah and chocolate (cookies) is a match made in heaven–taste it for yourself!

Ingredients
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup white granulated sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup confectioner’s sugar

Method
In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.

In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just until a dough forms (do not over mix). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets or baking trays with parchment paper. Roll 1 tablespoonful of dough into balls for smaller cookies, or 2 tablespoonsful for larger cookies.

Add the confectioner’s sugar to a smaller bowl. Roll each cookie in confectioners’ sugar and place onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes (small cookies) or 12 minutes (larger cookies). The cookies will be soft from the oven, then firm up as they cool.

Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. Makes approximately 2 dozen (small) cookies.


Pair Biltmore wines with cookies like these orange drop cookies
Sweeten the season by pairing Orange Drop Cookies with off-dry Biltmore wines

Orange Drop Cookies

Speckled with grated orange rind, these cookies pair perfectly with the orange blossom notes in our Biltmore Estate® Limited Release Orange Muscat and our other off-dry wines.

Ingredients
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 each egg
½ tsp baking soda
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 large navel orange

Method
Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Cream together butter and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the egg and beat well.

Sift together your dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture alternating with the buttermilk. Beat well after each addition.

Grate the orange rind and squeeze the juice of the orange. Add to the batter and mix well.

Drop one teaspoon, about two inches apart from each other, onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 10–12 minutes or until the bottoms are light golden brown. Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.


Enjoy Biltmore wines this holiday season!

Celebrate Christmas with Biltmore wines
Whether you’re home for the holidays, traveling, or hosting a virtual celebration, Biltmore wines help make the season bright

Whether you’re pairing them with cookies, entertaining friends, or simply enjoying a peaceful glass by a crackling fire, you’ll find all our award-winning Biltmore wines in our estate shops, online, and close to home with our Retail Locator.

For a special gift for yourself and others, consider joining our Vanderbilt Wine Club®. You’ll enjoy three Biltmore wines delivered to your door each season, plus all the other privileges membership brings.