The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

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House Portraits by acclaimed NC Pen & Ink Artist Lee James Pantas

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Vineyards at Biltmore Estate 

    Many visitors to Western North Carolina are surprised at the number of vineyards and wineries that are found there. Out of the 90 or more wineries in the state of North Carolina as a whole, over 20 are found in the mountains. Commonly planted varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Seyval Blanc and Vidal Blanc.
Biltmore Estate Winery, pen & ink drawing by Lee James Pantas     The largest winery is the that of the world famous Biltmore Estate, in operation since May of 1985, when the Biltmore Estate Wine Company opened its 6.5 million dollar state of the art winery to the public. Small quantities of wine produced from experimental vineyards were first sold to Biltmore visitors in 1977. Current production averages 100,000 gallons of over a dozen varietal wines, utilizing grapes from the estate's 75 acres of vinifera grapes, other North Carolina vineyards and juice from California. For visitors to Western North Carolina who are interested in wines and wine making, a visit to this world-class winery is a must-see on any travel itinerary.
 

    If your interest is beer as well as wine, check out Beer City USA, my webpage on all of the micro-craft breweries in the Asheville area.

Western Mountains
Calaboose Cellars: 565 Aquone Road, Andrews NC 28901; 828-321-2006
Valley River Vineyards: 4689 Martins Creek Road, Murphy NC 28906; 828-321-5333

Central Mountains
Biltmore Estate Winery: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC 28803; 800-543-2961
Mountain Brook Vineyards: 731 Phillips Dairy Road, Tryon NC 28782
Overmountain Vineyards: 2012 Sandy Plains Road, Tryon NC 28782; 828-863-0523
Parker Binns Vineyard: 7382 Highway 108E, Mill Spring NC; 828-894-0154
Ritler Ridge Vineyards: 5 Piney Mountain Church Road, Candler NC 28715; 828-280-0690

Rockhouse Vineyards: 1525 Turner Road, Tryon NC 28782; 828-863-2784 

Northern Mountains
Banner Elk Winery and Blueberry Villa: 60 Deer Run Lane, Banner Elk NC 28604; 828-898-9090
Chateau Laurinda: 690 Reeves Ridge Rd., Sparta, NC 28675; 800-650-3236
New River Winery: 163 Piney Creek Road, Lansing NC 28643; 336-384-1213
Thistle Meadow Winery: 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs NC 28644; 800-233-1505

Best places in Asheville to fill a picnic basket!

Foothills
Brushy Mountain Winery: 125 West Main Street, Elkin NC 28621; 336-835-1313
Carolina Mist Winery: 126 Mulberry Street, Lenoir NC 28645; 828-754-4660
Cerminaro Vineyard: 4399 Wilkesboro Blvd, Boomer, NC 28606; 828-754-9306
Elkin Creek Vineyard: 318 Elkin Creek Mill Road, Elkin NC 28621; 336-526-5119
Green Creek Winery: 413 Gilbert Road, Columbus NC 28722; 828-863-2182
Green River Vineyard: 3043 John Watson Road, Green Creek NC 28139; 828-863-4705
Lake James Cellars: 204 East Main Street, Glen Alpine NC 28628; 828-584-4551
McRitchier Winery & Ciderworks: 315 Thurmond PO Road, Thurmond NC 28683;336-874-3003
Raffaldini Vineyards: 450 Groce Road, Ronda NC 28670: 336-835-9463
Raintree Cellars: 3813 Sain Avenue, Connelly Springs NC 28612; 828-397-5643
South Creek Vineyards and Winery: 2240 South Creek Road, Nebo NC 28761; 828-652-5729
Waldensian Heritage Winery: 4940 Villar Lane NE, Valdese, NC 28690; 828-879-3202

 

 

 

 

 

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