Biltmore Winery is located in Asheville, North Carolina part home to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, as they extend through Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina as well. George Vanderbilt, grandson of famed industrialist and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt, began construction of the now Biltmore House in 1889, six years later in 1895 the finished home that contains over four acres of floor space, inclusive of 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces officially opened to friends and family. George Vanderbilt’s grandson, William Cecil planted the first grape vines in 1971 to a dismal showing; which led Cecil to France, only to come back stateside with Biltmore’s first winemaker sixth-generation winemaster Philippe Jourdain. 90 years to the day in 1985 William Cecil opened the Biltmore winery as the second the most historic event in the estate’s history, second to his grandfather’s opening of the estate in 1895.
Biltmore Estate Wine Company has grown and tested numerous varietals, Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot which have proven to be well-suited for the western North Carolina terroir and the microclimate of the estate. To expand the winery’s portfolio, Biltmore partners with select growers in North Carolina, Washington State, and California.
Vanderbilt Reserve wines are sourced from highly-regarded grape-growing regions in California for this series. Each bottling is an expression of the unique characteristics imparted from the grapes, vintage, terroir, and winemaking process.
Vanderbilt Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2012 (SRP $26.99) This Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied with hints of black currant, plum, and vanilla, with balanced tannins and acidity. Ideal food pairings for this lofty wine are Beef, Duck, Lamb, and Venison.
Vanderbilt Reserve Cabernet Franc Dry Creek Valley 2012 (SRP $26.99) This Cabernet Franc shows off smoke, vanilla, black pepper, and spice that pair with the forward tannins for a complex moody wine. Ideal food pairings for this bold wine Beef, Rabbit, Smoked Meats, and Veal.
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