Winery Tours

What you need to know before visiting the Biltmore Winery

What you need to know before visiting The Biltmore Winery In 1985 the winery on the Biltmore Estate first opened its doors to the public. At the time, William Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt, called it, "the most historic event since my grandfather had opened his estate to his family on Christmas Day ninety years earlier.” Today The Biltmore Winery is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The winery produces…
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Childress Vineyards is a winning pit stop in Lexington, North Carolina

Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina After a fun visit to the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord to celebrate my son's birthday, I decided to add a slightly more "grown up" destination for lunch on our way home. We stopped at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina. I've known about this winery for a while, but finally took the time to "pull over and let me out."  It's…
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Harvest on the Half-shell at Virginia’s Philip Carter Winery

The vineyards at Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Virginia   Rolling hills, vibrant leaves, the fragrant aroma of wood burning in the fire pit - images characterizing a picture perfect autumn day. Add some oysters and a friendly winery in the foothills of the Shenandoah and I've described the Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Virginia. Tucked in the hills of the Piedmont Region, wine producing has been a…
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Sip and savor fall colors in the North Carolina Mountains

View from the patio at Linville Falls Winery It's the time of year when tourists head for the hills. Okay they're a little taller than hills - they're fully fledged mountains in Western North Carolina. Nonetheless, the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding foot hills offer the finest fall foliage, breath taking views and cozy accommodations that attract visitors to spend time enjoying fall festivities and the great outdoors.…
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Discovering North Carolina’s Haw River Wine Trail

  In the center of North Carolina between the mountains and the coast the Haw River flows. The land along its shores  between the Triad and Piedmont regions was once home to a booming textile industry and its rich soil, renown worldwide for its cash crop- gold leaf tobacco. The passage of time and diminishing of the two major industries has brought change to the land along the…
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Carmel ramps up the wine-tasting experience

A guest post by Michael Hepworth courtesy Trip Advisor The town of Carmel is certainly a unique place to visit. First of all the street signs are hardy visible, there are no street lights at night, and there are no public toilets available. Most of the shops are hidden away in picturesque courtyards, and the whole place is dominated by restaurants, bistros, art galleries (120 of them at…
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