Wine Tours by Bus

2017 Western North Carolina Bus Tours

The French Broad Vignerons and The Trolley Company of Hendersonville

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You Need to Know…

All 2017 tours will be offered to groups and one tour will be available for individuals. With the exception of The Apple Country Tour, all tours require a minimum of 8 passengers. Because groups are involved, the pickup and return point will be at the convenience of the touring group.  If pickup points are over five miles beyond downtown Asheville, a small vehicle surcharge may be added based on destination. These wine tours are excellent for touring groups, residential groups and associations, corporate activities, conference attendees, and employee motivational events.

Prices quoted are per person and include all tasting fees.  The Apple Country Tour is available for individual and smaller groups.  All group tours will leave at a time and location mutually determined.

All wineries offer award winning wines. Explore them here on the site – they are all listed at the bottom of each page here on www.frenchbroadvignerons.org and our Facebook page. Additional tour information my be obtained by calling 828.606.8606, or email at letsdowine@gmail.com.

Vino Al Fresco

The Al Fresco Tour travels to three wineries located at lower elevations.  The wineries are unique and each has a different focus.  Russian Chapel Hills Winery features five wines and a tour of an actual Russian Chapel brought from Russia and built in the vineyard.   Mountain Brook’s wines are patiently hand crafted and nurtured.   There will be a very special presentation about winemaking when the winemaker is available.  Parker-Binns offer wines crafted with a flourish that are focused on good times and kicking back in enjoyable surroundings.  The winemaker will share her view about winemaking during a spirited pouring of her wines.  This tour operates on Friday.  Pickup as determined.  Price is $110 per person and this includes tasting room fees at all 3 locations.  Call 828.606.8606.

Catawba Valley 20 Wine Tour

Our most diverse winery tour visits three wineries near Morganton  and we will add the new Keeper’s Cut Meadery in Marion when it opens in late summer.   This tour features Silver Fork and South Creek, two wineries that offer Bourdeaux style reds as part of their offerings. Belle Nicho is a unique small winery with large tastes of grapes grown organically and sustainably.  There is a little something for everyone.  This tour operates on Wednesdays and is priced at $110 per person including all tasting fees at all 3 locations.  When Keeper’s Cut opens there will be a tasting room surcharge.  Pickup will be as determined.  Call 828.606.8606.

Bon Appetit Trail 

A multi flavor tour that features wine, mead and a French luncheon. Traditional wines are poured at Addison Farms. Addison Farms is a celebration of the repurposing of the family farm to an imposingly manicured vineyard. Addison Farms serves whites, reds, a specialty dessert wine and now offers mead, as well! Wine, lunch and vistas on the deck are offered at Fontaine Vineyards. In addition to wine, you will be served a French county luncheon and dessert while you look at the unparalleled vistas from the top of the mountain. Tasting fees and all foods are included in the price of the tour. This tour is offered every Thursday. Each ticket  is $99. All fees and luncheon are included in the price. Pickup as determined. Call 828.606.8606.

The Apple Country Tour

On this tour you will visit the 2016 and 2016  North Carolina Winery of the Year – BurntShirt. Tour the winery and speak with the personnel that craft many of the award winning wines featured at BurntShirt Winery. Then you visit Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards home to a very diverse tasting opportunity. As part of the visit to Saint Paul you will also visit their new Appalachian Ridge cider location where they produce cider in very traditional styles.  This tour will operate every Friday and is available for individuals and groups. The tour leaves from Westgate Mall at 11:30 and returns to that location. Tickets are $79 and includes tasting fees.Tickets are purchased by calling 828.606.8606 and by email to letsdowine@gmail.com

The Wine and Dine Tour

A great French dining experience and eight or nine different wines. This dinner tour begins with a stop at Addison Farms Winery and a visit to their elegant tasting room.   Then on to Fontaine Vineyards where you can overlook the vistas of the mountains with Asheville in the distance and, depending on season, enjoy the sunset or the setting sun while you enjoy a full French dinner.  Because a professional kitchen is involved only groups of 8 or more can be accommodated.  This tour will be available every Wednesday from mid April to November.   Tickets are  $129 per person.  Pickup as determined.  Call 828.606.8606.

Charter and Specialty Tours

Charter Winery Tours for Hotels, Meeting Planners and Groups – Custom designed tours to selected regional wineries can be created to conform to time and event needs.  Prices are based on timing, the number of wineries, and the amenities provided.  Tours may feature cheese service, lunch or appetizers, all tasting room fees.  Tours will depart and return to locations requested. Call 828.606.8606.

Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Tours

Available directly to the lucky brides or grooms, or through wedding planners and hotels.  The bride will specify which winery cluster she would like, what food amenities are to be provided and what bridal party gifts she would like to provide.  Timing of the tour is based on the needs of the bridal party and the tour may finish at a restaurant to enable the party to continue.  All tasting room fees and transportation are included in the base price.  The base price is dependent upon time and number of wineries.  Food and bridal party gifts are available at additional costs.  Party size may range from  6 to 20.  Larger parties may also be accommodated.  LET US BE YOUR DESIGNATED DRIVER!              Call 828.606.8606