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Leaf-peeping and wine go together at Biltmore this fall

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Estate to observe North Carolina Wine Month and Biltmore's winemaking history with "Taste the Estate"

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A mix of colorful outdoor beauty, wine appreciation and sumptuous culinary offerings populate Biltmore's fall calendar, starting in September.

Get close to fall color at Biltmore in Asheville, NC. Crisp and cool, autumn is a great time to see George Vanderbilt's estate.

Biltmore's autumn landscape presents a prime opportunity for those who love fall "leaf-peeping" vacations. In addition to tours through Biltmore House, guests may explore the estate's mums-filled gardens, and miles of hiking and biking trails. Guided outdoor experiences include horseback riding, Segway tours, sporting clays, fly fishing, the Land Rover Driving School and river float trips.

"Taste the Estate" in September
Biltmore kicks off the season with "Taste the Estate" to celebrate North Carolina Wine Month and the estate's history of winemaking. Experiences include free tastings, luxurious wine-focused meals and specialty tours.

Among the complimentary wine experiences, the Winery Tour and Grand Tasting give guests an opportunity to sample two dozen Biltmore wines, plus an exclusive tasting of Biltmore's Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs North Carolina 2010.

Premium wine experiences include Biltmore Bubbles, a look at how Biltmore makes its sparkling varieties; Red Wine & Chocolate seminar, featuring a guided series of sips that pair Biltmore's reds to various types of chocolate; and the Vine to Wine Tour, which visits Biltmore's vineyard and concludes with a grand tasting with food pairings. Estate restaurants will offer special Wine Flights, and the Inn on Biltmore Estate will offer Sip & Savor, pairing Biltmore wines with small plate offerings.

Wine Dinners
Biltmore's winemakers have teamed up with the estate's award-winning chefs to create four special dining experiences:

  • Cottage Dinners, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12: Biltmore's historic Market Gardener's Cottage is the site of two six-course dinners, set in a charming outdoor setting, accompanied by live music. Each course is paired with a Biltmore wine by the Inn's Certified Sommelier, Artur Loli. $174 per person, including tax and gratuity. Call 877-890-9096 to reserve, or visit www.biltmore.com.
  • Moveable Feast at Winery Courtyard, Sept. 19:  Dine al fresco in the Winery Courtyard, with a reception followed by dinner created by Executive Chef Kirk Fiore. Six courses feature seasonal, estate-raised ingredients paired with Biltmore wines. $165 per person, including tax and gratuity. Call 828-257-5995 to reserve, or visit www.biltmore.com.
  • Winemaker's Dinner in the Champagne Cellar, Sept. 26:  Biltmore's Winemaker Bernard Delille will pair Biltmore wines with a menu using local North Carolina ingredients by Bistro's Executive Chef Paul Klaassen. The Winery's Champagne Cellar is the site for this intimate four-course wine dinner.  $160 per person, including tax and gratuities. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve, or visit www.biltmore.com.

Live After Five in the Village
On Friday and Saturday evenings through October, Biltmore hosts Live After Five in Antler Hill Village with live music on the Village Bandstand. Families will enjoy the nearby farm, Pisgah Playground and the farm's friendly resident goats, chickens, horses, sheep and other small animals.

Celebrate Labor Day, Fall and Halloween at Inn on Biltmore Estate
Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering several specials through the season:

  • Labor Day Celebration Package (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) includes two nights, access to Biltmore House and the estate through length of stay, a Celebration Dinner at Antler Hill Barn, fireworks and more.
  • Fall Celebration Package (Oct. 24-26) coincides with the inn's Halloween Weekend, and includes accommodations for two, dinner at Antler Hill Barn with live music and games on Oct. 25. Additional Halloween activities include a Guest Pumpkin Carving Contest (the winner receives a two-night stay next year on the same weekend) and the Lighting of the Pumpkins on the Grand Terrace. Call 866-336-1245 or book online at www.biltmore.com/stay.
  • Our State Package (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) highlights Biltmore's agricultural history, and includes two nights; the Legacy of the Land Tour; a presentation by Ted Katsigianis, Biltmore's vice president of agricultural sciences; and a three-course dinner with wine in Antler Hill Barn. Call 866-336-1245 or book online at www.biltmore.com/stay.

Fall travel deals at Biltmore
From Sept. 2 through October, save $12 on daytime admission if tickets are purchased online seven days or more prior to visiting at www.biltmore.com. Book within six days of visiting and save $7. Children age 9 and younger are FREE. Youth ages 10 to 16 are half off the adult admission price. Seniors receive $12 off daytime admission price on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 2.

Information about fall at Biltmore is available at www.biltmore.com.

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