Trying to find an Asheville wine bar in the sea of beer? It’s possible! Don’t miss these delicious wine bars in Asheville, NC.
Known as Foodtopia, Asheville, North Carolina is pretty famous for its beer and restaurant scene.
Heck, it feels like there is a brewery on every corner. Honestly, there pretty much is.
For wine lovers, though, the Asheville wine bar scene has your back too. While not as plentiful as the craft breweries, the wine bars are gorgeous and situated in the best locations.
Head to the River Arts District for 12 Bones BBQ, stopping for a flight at pleb urban winery or a glass of wine the size of your face at Bottle Riot. Spy vibrant murals while sipping an eclectic blend in these romantically urban locations.
Then, head to downtown Asheville. Did you know that one of the most famous wine bars in Asheville sits inside of a used bookstore at Grove Arcade?
Battery Park Book Exchange is famous for its champagne bar and literary cocktails. Buy used books, too!
Plus, throughout Western North Carolina (WNC), visitors and locals can tour endless wineries and vineyards. Some of these establishments even have downtown tasting rooms like Marked Tree Vineyard.
So, what are the best wine bars in Asheville? Which Asheville wine bar is right for you? As locals, we are sharing where to drink wine in Asheville. Let’s get started!
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8 Best Wine Bars In Asheville
1. 5 Walnut Wine Bar
Our go-to downtown Asheville wine bar, taste your way through an eclectic list of wines in a cute rustic and pastel bar. Don’t miss the specials on the wall, including $5 glasses of wine.
Grab cheese and small bites next door at 5 Walnut Cheese Bar. During the weekday, we appreciate their quieter ambiance.
5 Walnut Wine Bar | 5 W Walnut St, Asheville, NC 28801
2. Leo’s House Of Thirst
One of the newer Asheville wine bars, Leo’s House Of Thirst is fabulous for a fancy dinner out paired with a sizable wine list.
Leo’s also boasts of a beautiful wine garden, desserts, cheese, and charcuterie.
Leo’s House Of Thirst | 1055 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
3. Bottle Riot
Head to the colorful River Arts District for the most atmospheric Asheville wine bar, Bottle Riot. Find wine glasses as big as your face, and order half pours to create your own wine ‘tasting.’
Bottle Riot has delicious wines by the glass as well as ‘baller’ bottles for fancy spenders. You can also purchase bottles to bring home at a retail discount price.
Bottle Riot | 37 Paynes Way #009, Asheville, NC 28801
4. Battery Park Book Exchange
One of the most famous downtown Asheville wine bars, you cannot skip Battery Park Book Exchange, especially if you love bookstores. Think champagne, wine, and literary cocktails enveloped in used bookshelves.
Battery Park Book Exchange is one of the many reasons we moved to Asheville. Explore a massive wine list while finding your next great read.
Battery Park Book Exchange | 1 Page Ave #101, Asheville, NC 28801
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5. Cork & Keg Bar at Weinhaus
Asheville’s Weinhaus is the city’s oldest operating beer and wine store. Family run, pull up a seat at their Cork and Keg Bar for live music, draft and bottled beers, and wine by both the glass and bottle.
Weinhaus Asheville | 86 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
6. Marked Tree Vineyard Tasting Room
Formerly in the old Rustic Grape building and located behind the Aloft Hotel, enjoy an intimate atmosphere at Marked Tree. This Asheville wine bar may be tiny, but Marked Tree Vineyard wines are large in flavors.
If you have time, we highly suggest visiting Marked Tree’s Flat Rock vineyards and tasting room, too. Located on a spooky hill during the fall fog, encounter old chimneys in a gorgeous treehouse-vibe tasting room.
7. Wine Bar At Biltmore Winery
Did you know that Biltmore’s winery used to house the former dairy? In fact, that beautiful tunnel that you walk down to enter the winery used to be full of cow….yea…
Biltmore offers a variety of activities for wine lovers, including a wine bar. You will need a ticket or annual pass to enter the property, though. Your general ticket price includes a complimentary wine tasting.
You may also add on winery tours. We enjoyed the Behind The Scenes Tour — see how Champagne is made and receive a Reserve wine tasting — as well as the Red Wine and Chocolate Tour. Both are worth the extra price.
After wine tasting at the winery or on a special tour, pull up a seat at the bar inside Biltmore’s winery. Or, head across the way to Biltmore’s Wine Bar. Wine bottles flank the walls. Drink wine outside in Antler Hill Village.
If you are headed to Biltmore, be sure to check out our guide for getting the most out of that Biltmore ticket price.
Biltmore Estate Winery | 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803
8. pleb urban winery
One of AVL’s hippest wineries, we are extending the definition of Asheville wine bar just a tad here. Located at Foundation in the River Arts District (RAD), pleb practices minimal intervention winemaking with a focus on responsible planting.
Grab a unique flight as you sit ensconced in urban art, inside or out. Their wines might not be for everyone, especially if steel fermentation and cans are not your jam — but definitely give them a try.
pleb urban winery | 289 Lyman St, Asheville, NC 28801
*pleb is also finishing up a new Page Ave. wine room!
Note: Sadly, both the Rustic Grape and Sante Wine Bar closed in 2020.
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Where To Stay In & Around Asheville
Asheville, NC Hotels
Hotels and B&Bs tend to book up fast in Asheville, especially in the fall, spring, and around holidays. Make dinner reservations wherever you can, too. A few hotels to consider that either we, our friends, or others highly recommend include:
Near The Asheville Outlets/Biltmore
Hampton Inn And Suites Asheville Biltmore Area *Our second favorite pick. We stayed here before we moved.
DoubleTree By Hilton Biltmore/Asheville
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
The Omni Grove Park Inn *We frequently stop by the Grove Park Inn for sunsets, drinks, and food.
1900 Inn On Montford
Don’t miss our Top Asheville Hotel, Resort & B&B Picks Here.
What is your favorite wine bar in Asheville? Which Asheville wine bars are on your bucket list?
Where do you go to drink wine in Asheville? What type of wine do you like? Do you prefer to order wine by the glass or bottle? Let us know in the comments.