The Biltmore Estate is a breathtaking must-see in Asheville, North Carolina. The Estate is an 1895 French Renaissance castle that sprawls across 8,000 acres. The house is rich with history of the storied Vanderbilt family. Here are a few things to check out on your trip.
The Gardens and Grounds
Because the Estate is on a sprawling 8,000 acre plot of land, you can expect to see plenty of beautiful landscape. Visitors can explore the grounds themselves on the Estate’s extensive network of trails. The Biltmore’s horticulture experts maintain more than 250 varieties of plant life across 2.5 miles of gorgeous gardens. Depending on when you visit, you may catch an annual bloom! Check out the Biltmore’s Bloom Report before your trip to check on what you can expect to see on your visit, and get a little preview in the image gallery.
William Cecil, estate manager and son of John Cecil and Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil, planted his first vines at the Biltmore in 1971 and began his love affair with wine. In 1983, the Biltmore Estate Wine Company was established and later opened to guests in 1985. While visiting the Estate, stop by for a complimentary tasting of one of their more than 20 handcrafted wines or sign up for a specialty tour. Tours include delicious tastings like Wine & Cheese Hour and Red Wine & Chocolate. Interested to see where it all comes from? Hop on a Vine to Wine Tour and visit the vineyards in person.
The Biltmore House
The Biltmore House is the historic home of estate designer George Vanderbilt and his wife Edith. The House is a marvel of elegant art history frozen in time – its magnificence enduring nearly a century since it was first designed. The House is home to original art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent, a library with 10,000 volumes and breathtaking 16th century tapestries. Visitors to the Biltmore House can go on self-guided tours.