Some Wine With Your Hike?

Hike and Wine with us!

This could also be titled “A Hike With Your Wine?”. Either way you title this, I think you know where I’m going with this. Yes, there are a lot of wineries in the areas of North and South Carolina that we service but there are also miles of hiking trails (literally thousands of miles) that … Read more

Why Have an Elevated Wine Experience?

An Elevated Wine Experience

You might be wondering what is an “elevated wine tour”? Let’s start with some important facts: North Carolina boasts more than 200 wineries and 2,300 grape-bearing acres producing more than 1.1 million cases of wine each year and generates around $1.97 billion per year in economic impact and 10,000 jobs. Almost 2 million tourists a … Read more

A Day in the Cellar

A Day in the Cellar at Mountain Brook Vineyards

Sure Spring weather can be fickle –a little sprinkle of rain, intermittent sunshine, some clouds, and maybe some serious gusts of wind that send you running for that jacket buried somewhere in the depths of your car, and now you are seriously rethinking the plans you made for a weekend of enjoying wine and the … Read more

WSET Level 2

WSETLevel2

Our three employees who recently completed their WSET Level 1 in wines certification have now moved up to Level 2. They successfully completed the instruction and testing to achieve a Level 2 in wines certification from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust (WSET) organization. Two of our employees passed their exam with merit and one … Read more

Some of our Favorite Food Trucks

Haus Heidelberg Food Truck

As one of the leading providers of wine tours (maybe even THE leading provider) in Western North Carolina, we end up at wineries often, very often and we’re super stoked about it! We have vehicles at the wineries constantly from the vineyards around Asheville, Hendersonville, and Tryon up to the Appalachian High Country, and way … Read more

The First Step…

WSET 2 Training

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step Lao-tzu.  The Way of Lao-Tzu – Chinese Philosopher (604 BC-532 BC) And so it was this week at the NC Wine Academy, Asheville, where some of the Van in Black team, together with individuals representing various aspects of the hospitality industry, took a single … Read more

Gallop into Spring!

Tryon Events Spring 2022

And they’re off and running to celebrate the arrival of spring in Tryon and to honor its vibrant horse heritage dating back to 1917, with an “influencer” as he would be known today, Carter Brown.  Arriving from Michigan, he opened the Pine Crest Inn, where northerners could spend their winters on horseback or playing golf.  … Read more

It’s Pruning Time at the Vineyards!

Winter at Parker-Binns Vineyard

The Tryon Foothills experienced several inches of snow and freezing temperature during the month of January. As a consumer of wine, WSET Level 1 Certified, and having a budding interest in vineyard management, I was curious as to how weather, specifically, the latest blast of winter, has impacted the local vineyards and what vineyard management … Read more

Asheville Wedding Transportation

Van in Black - Wedding Transportation

As winter tightens its grip on Western North Carolina and we hit the coldest time of the year, it is that time of the year to start thinking about and planning your Spring, Summer, and Autumn weddings. Western North Carolina is one of the premier wedding destinations in the nation and Asheville is the portal … Read more

WSET Level 1

WSET Level 1 Pin

Congrats to our three employees (myself included) who have successfully completed their WSET Level 1 in Wines certification. What is WSET and what does this certification mean to our customers? I am glad you asked! What is WSET? WSET in an acronym for the Wine & Spirt Education Trust. This is a global organization, headquartered … Read more