And Then There Were 10!

Van in Black

Van in Black is pleased to announce that we have expanded our fleet once again with the addition of 2 brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. These two additions bring our fleet size to 10 which is a proud milestone for us since we only started this business in 2018 with one man and a van. … Read more

Asheville Beer Tours

Asheville Beer Tours

I am not sure what this says about those of us who live in the Asheville area, except that maybe we like beer, but there are a lot of breweries in and around Asheville. This is with a big emphasis on the phrase “a lot“. Seriously! Saying Asheville is a beer city is like saying … Read more

Nominated as the Best Wine Tour Company!

Asheville Wine Tours - 10 Best

We are very excited (and extremely humbled) to announce that Asheville Wine Tours, which is a Van in Black company, has been nominated as a “10 Best” wine tour company in the United States by USA Today. Asheville Wine Tours is the only North Carolina company to make the list of 20 wine tour companies. … Read more

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

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