Our wine tours are unpretentious tours that give the wine drinker an excellent introduction to North Carolina wines. These tours are progressive and offer a mix of wine styles that progress from rosé to white to red.
Each tour features food & wine pairings and a vineyard tasting. These vineyards are within 30-60 minutes of Asheville. We estimate you will consume at least 4 glasses of wine throughout the day as well as have multiple food pairings.
Tours start 10 am on Fridays/Saturdays and 11 am on Sundays and last until 4:00/4:30 pm.
Tours are very social and consist of 6 – 10 wine wanderers. Pickup is a central downtown location in Asheville. Please email us if you would like this option.
What wines will I try on the Asheville Food & Wine Tour? Our Asheville wine tours feature something from every category of Carolina wines. These include red, white & rosé style wines. The red wines will usually be French & Italian varietals such as Petit Verdot, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc. Whites could consist of Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Chardonnay, or Viognier. The rosé will be dry Provence-style.
Will there be sweet wine on this tour? No, this tour focuses on varietals not known for their sweetness.
What do I get for this price? You get a lot! All-day transportation in our comfy wine wagon (2017 Ford Transit 350XL van), a NC Wine Gal driver/guide, 3 vineyards with at least 1 glass of wine at each, and perfectly paired food like charcuterie boards, chicken pesto salad, or meatballs.
Where do we meet on the tour? Asheville pickup is located in a downtown location. Private pickup is available for free if within 5 miles of downtown, otherwise, its $100 per group.
What time do we meet? We meet at 10:00 am on Fridays/Saturdays and 11 am on Sundays.
Do you have shorter tours? Yes, we offer a 2 vineyard Asheville wine tour on Sundays for parties of 4 or more. It’s 4.5 hours and consists of a breakfast/wine pairing + 2 vineyard visits, one with wine & charcuterie and the other with a full tasting.
How large are the groups? We take 6 -10 people on our tours.
How far are the vineyards? Most vineyards we visit are 30 to 60 minutes from Asheville.
How much wine are we consuming? We want you to try as many wines as possible so we will do a mixture of bottles, wine flights, and tastings at the vineyards (where available), this breaks down to 4+ glasses of wine per person.
Do you have to only drink what is provided on the tour? Absolutely not. While we include about 4 glasses of wine, you are welcome to seek out more wine as long as it falls within our length of stay. You are also encouraged to buy bottles of wine & help support the NC wine industry.
What are we eating on this tour? Will I be hungry when we finish? Our goal is to feed you well during this tour. We have food pairings at 3 vineyards and have snacks during our drive. We do change the menu from week to week to complement the wine we are trying. Things you could expect are charcuterie boards, homemade meatballs, Caprese & chicken salad. We have gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian meal options available.
What if I am a vegetarian? You will be fine. We have lots of meat substitutions and other things to eat while on this tour.
What if I don’t eat beef or pork? Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions. We are able to substitute chicken or turkey in place of some of our food pairings.
How long are we staying at each vineyard? We are estimating a stay of 60 minutes at each vineyard.
What is the cancellation policy? No refunds are given within 72 hours of the wine tour date.