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Be inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt's 250-room family home and country retreat in Asheville, NC. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon's chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. Opened to friends on Christmas Eve 1895, this French Renaissance chateáu remains America's largest privately owned home.
Join us for the silver anniversary of our celebration of Biltmore’s gardens.
In addition to the spectacular home of the Vanderbilts, the Biltmore House offers several special events.
2010 marked Biltmore Winery’s 25th year of winemaking. William A. V. Cecil, the grandson of Biltmore’s original owner George Vanderbilt, started the winemaking program as part of his vision for the estate to remain self-supporting. It all began as an experimental project located under the Conservatory on the property. Eventually the dairy barn was converted into today’s modern facility and America’s Most Visited Winery. The vineyards moved to the estate’s West Side, and through the years, Biltmore cultivated partnerships with other growers across the country to enhance its portfolio and ensure consistent availability. In 1985, Biltmore Winery produced 10 different wines totaling about 350,000 bottles. Today, Biltmore offers more than 50 different wines and produces 2 million bottles each year. The future for BiltmoreŽ Wines includes plans to expand availability nationwide.
Antler Hill Village
Biltmore's newest guest venue, Antler Hill Village, features stories of Biltmore’s past, present and future will be central to this area, featuring historical exhibits and new ways to experience Biltmore’s legendary hospitality. The village connects the Winery and River Bend Farm; and as part of this project, Biltmore Winery has been enhanced to offer a newly designed tour and tasting areas. The village will be open to guests as part of daily admission to the estate.
Biltmore Concert Series
Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains serve as the backdrop for amazing musical experiences during the annual Biltmore Concert Series. Held on the South Terrace of Biltmore House and the new Vista at Diana, the series will offer guests an incomparable setting for enjoying an eclectic variety of music under a canopy of stars. Ten concerts are scheduled this year, five of them to be held on the South Terrace of Biltmore House and five to be held at the Vista at Diana. Reservations are required for these programs. Below are the dates and venues. Performers will be announced in April.
This 14,400-square-foot design features thousands of plants woven together on the South Terrace of Biltmore House to form a one-of-a-kind lush floral carpet. Fredrick Law Olmsted, of Central Park fame, began the tradition of beautiful landscaped gardens and natural forests on the estate. Biltmore continues to expand this legacy with this imaginative twist, featuring colorful summer blooms covering the ground in a design inspired by one of many historic treasures at Biltmore.
Christmas at Biltmore Estate
Holidays arrive at America’s largest homeŽ in style. More than a century ago, George Vanderbilt chose this magical season as the time to unveil his new home to family and friends. On Christmas Eve 1895, he opened Biltmore House’s doors for a regal yuletide celebration. This year’s Christmas at Biltmore promises another extravagant celebration, complete with more than 40 Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, garland and lights, live music and inspirational holiday demonstrations await our guests.
Candlelight Evenings at Biltmore Estate
As daylight fades into dusk, candlelight and firelight accent Biltmore House’s extravagant holiday décor, accented by live entertainment and outside illuminations. Biltmore House glows with holiday spirit, appearing much as it would have at the turn of the 19th century. Priceless treasures, from richly woven tapestries to antiques and rare artwork, glisten in the gentle light. Tunes from the Banquet Hall’s 1916 Skinner pipe organ and carols from choirs and ensembles fill the halls with festive sounds. Candlelight Christmas Evenings tickets are available by reservation only, and include an evening self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, next-day visit to the gardens and Biltmore Winery. Advance reservations are required.