Understanding the American Appellation

An appellation applies to grapes grown and bottled in a specific state or region. Wineries use the American appellation for a variety of reasons.

Our American Series wines feature the American appellation since we source fruit from multiple grape-growing regions around the nation and produce the wines at our estate winery in North Carolina.

Sourcing the Finest Fruit

We begin with high quality fruit from premiere growing regions across the country including California, Washington, and North Carolina. Most grape varietals thrive in chalky, mineral-laden soils and a dry, Mediterranean-style climate of hot days, cool nights, and low average rainfall—similar to California. Some hearty varietals such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc grow well in our estate vineyards, while other popular grapes like Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio can’t tolerate the weather conditions in our local mountains.  

Partnering with trusted growers in other regions ensures that we are able to meet the varietal preferences of our guests and the ever-increasing demand for our wines.

Bottling Locally

Biltmore was founded on George Vanderbilt’s vision to be a self-sufficient estate and wine has long been a family tradition.  Today, the legacy of our past inspires our future as we handcraft quality wines from America’s finest grapes at our estate winery here in Asheville, NC.

Our American Series

Each of our American Series wines is handcrafted to represent true varietal character as well as outstanding taste.  Whether our grapes come from California, Washington, or North Carolina, we’re proud that they are grown in America.