While Asheville is often referred to as “Beer City”, this quirky town has an incredibly underrated collection of wine bars and wineries. Whether you’re here on business or pleasure, here are some important things to know about the wine scene in Asheville, North Carolina.
Asheville’s Wine Bars
Before heading out into the area’s wineries and vineyards, be sure to visit one of downtown Asheville’s wine bars for a sampling of local and regional wines. For instance, 5 Walnut Wine Baris popular among tourists and locals alike.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Asheville, this intimate bar boasts an incredible selection of vino along with carefully selected charcuterie boards. With nightly live music, 5 Walnut Wine Bar is one of the liveliest spots in town. Get there early or visit on a weekday, as spots fill up fast!
After sampling the Asheville area’s offerings, take a day trip with Van in Black. On one of our wine tours, you can visit local vineyards and wineries for a first-hand look at the winemaking process. Here are a few must-see spots on our Asheville Wine Tours.
- BurntShirt Vineyards are located a little south of Asheville, in Hendersonville. One of North Carolina’s top wineries, BurntShirt is definitely worth the visit. Choose from dry or sweet wine flights for just $10, and get a commemorative glass to take home. On warm days, consider sitting out on the patio and catching some great live music. There’s another location in Chimney Rock: BurntShirt’s Tasting Room & Bistro.
- The Biltmore Estate Winery is one of the country’s most popular wineries, and it’s a must-stop on any of our wine tours. Winery admission is free with every adult estate ticket, and with it, you’ll get free tastings of the winery’s best white and red wines. Many local inns offer lower admission rates, but we make the touring process easy.
- The Pleb Urban Winery is new to the Asheville scene, but it’s already making a splash. Part of the River Arts District, Pleb offers a diverse wine selection. This local winery uses only the finest-quality grapes from growers in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit this new winery and broaden your horizons.
Whether you’re a traditionalist or a new wine lover, we can help you find some memorable vintages. Call or click today to schedule a wine tour with Van in Black.
Stay at the Sweet Biscuit Inn
Conveniently located between The Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville, the Sweet Biscuit Inn makes it easy to access all the area’s sights and sounds on one of our tours. Book an excursion with us and get discounted rates or upgrade your stay and get a complimentary bottle of Biltmore champagne upon arrival.
Book a Room at the Beaufort House
Just a half-mile from downtown Asheville, this quaint bed and breakfast is quite the retreat. After a tour, return to your room with a bottle of wine and relax in quiet, unforgettable comfort. Kick back on a private balcony, chat on the front porch, or enjoy a glass of wine in the garden. It’s up to you!
Whether you’re new to the world of wine or you’re experienced, Asheville’s wine tours have something for everyone. Visit our website for more details or call today to learn more.