Attention, wine lovers! If you thought you had to travel all the way to Napa Valley to have an incredible vineyard experience, think again. With over 400 vineyards and 150 wineries, North Carolina’s wine country has so much to offer. Come spend the day in the tasting room, enjoy a cellar tour, or simply take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards. Whatever you choose, we promise these wineries in NC will leave you with lasting memories!
Renowned for its thriving craft beer scene, Asheville and the surrounding area boasts some of the best wineries in NC. After you visit a few of them, be sure to check out all of the restaurants and nightlife in the city. Feel free to download our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of area attractions. It’s full of information about the best things to do and see in Asheville, NC!
5 of the best Wineries in NC
Nothing completes a NC mountain getaway like a trip to the vineyards! It’s the perfect activity for a fun girl’s trip, couple’s retreat, or just a relaxing weekend away. Here are a few of our favorite wineries in NC:
1. Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
Situated on 10 gorgeous acres in Henderson County, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards should be at the top of your list! This vineyard produces some of the best grapes in the state and features a year-round tasting room. From Riesling blends to Cabernets, this winery truly has something for everyone. Choose your favorite and then sit back on the patio and enjoy incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
2. Burntshirt Vineyards
Just two miles from Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Burntshirt Vineyards is known for their award-winning wines. The family-owned winery offers daily tastings, free tours, and weekly live music. If you would like some small bites to pair with your wine, you can even stop by their on-site Vintner’s Table Food Truck on Saturdays and Sundays. They offer a great selection of wine-infused treats, cheeses, and vintner’s sandwiches. Afterwards, drive five minutes down the road and visit one of the nearby apple orchards.
3. Overmountain Vineyards
Located on a sprawling 70-acre farm in Tryon, North Carolina, Overmountain Vineyards offers a winery experience like no other. Their tasting room is open year-round, and the front porch offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding Foothills. The outdoor fire pit also makes for an excellent place to gather during the cold winter months.
With 17 acres of French vinifera, the winery’s Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot are all excellent. And you won’t want to miss out on their annual Event Series. Kicking off in the spring and running through fall, you can enjoy live music and local food with your wine!
4. Biltmore Estate Winery
What could be better than sipping wine and touring America’s oldest home? Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you are in for a very special treat when you visit the historic Biltmore Estate Winery. Here, you can enjoy complimentary tastings of more than 20 handcrafted wines including reds, whites, and rosés. They also offer reserves and sparkling wines by the glass.
While you are there, we highly recommend taking an exclusive Vine to Wine Tour. One of the best NC wine tours, it’s also a great way to explore the Estate’s incredible grounds. If you would like to save on your Biltmore Estate tickets, we also offer an incredible Biltmore Package.
5. Fontaine Vineyards
Also located near Asheville, NC, Fontaine Vineyards grows nine varieties of grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Grenache, and Chasselat. Visitors may enjoy a wine tasting in the vineyards or take a tour of the French wine cellar. You’ll even receive a souvenir wine glass to bring home with you. Cheers!
Sample More Local Wines at the Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!
After a fabulous day of wine tasting, come relax and unwind at The Esmeralda Inn! Our rustic Chimney Rock Inn is nearby all of these amazing vineyards and the best area attractions. Our rooms and cabins are designed for comfort and feature the most luxurious amenities. No matter which of our lodging options you choose, we promise that your stay with us will be unforgettable!
Our on-site amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast, bubbling outdoor Jacuzzi and Spa, and a spacious recreation area. During your stay, make sure to join us for a meal at our on-site restaurant! Our seasonal wine menu includes a wonderful selection of local favorites along with wines from around the world. You may also arrange for a bottle of wine to be waiting for you upon arrival. Just select one of our A La Carte Options or Cheers! Trails Package when you make your reservation. So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your stay today! We can’t wait to hear all about your favorite NC vineyards.