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4 Wonderful Places to Wine & Dine at Grove Arcade

Appalachian wine country

Asheville may be known as Beer USA, but underneath the mountain of hops lives a thriving wine scene. This is, in part, fueled by the over 180 wineries in North Carolina alone, each capturing the flavor of the land in their own unique way. It is no wonder that, everywhere you go in Asheville, you can hear the heavenly sound of crystal glasses clinking together.

Grab a glass, and join us as we explore some of the best spots to wine and dine in Asheville!

Santé Wine Bar & Taproom is one of the first wine bars in Asheville, and they set the bar high. Santé is Italian for “health”. In other words, the name of the bar is literally a toast to your health. It’s quite fitting, because Sante uses a keg system to serve wine from twelve taps. This process prevents oxygen from ever touching the wine, resulting in a fresher, better tasting product compared to bottled wine. Couple that with the knowledge of the bartenders, and you’ve got a quintessential Asheville wine bar.  

  • Extensive wine selection
  • European-style bistro
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Monthly Wine Flight events

Who doesn’t love browsing hidden gems of contemporary literature while sipping on fine wines? Indulge yourself at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, one of the most unique bookstores in Asheville, let alone the entire United States! It’s a dream come true. The wine bar has a variety of sophisticated wines to choose from while being surrounded by the store’s cozy atmosphere. If you like your wine with a side of live jazz, be sure to visit during the weekend!

  • Fine wine, sparkling wine, & champagne
  • Outdoor seating available
  • Bistro-style light fare
  • Live music every weekend

The bar at Carmel’s Kitchen & Bar has an impressive wine selection fit for any oenophile. Though their bar is elegantly decorated, the friendly staff and soft lighting will make you feel right at home. Carmel’s also has one of the best outdoor patios to wine and dine on, immersing you in the lively culture of downtown Asheville. Grab a glass and enjoy the beautiful scenery of downtown Asheville.  

  • Wine, local microbrews, signature cocktails
  • Downtown Asheville's largest dining patio
  • Southern-inspired comfort food

There is a reason Mediterranean cuisine is revered all around the world. Modesto is home to the innovative chef Hector Diaz, who constantly adapts the menu to create an unforgettable culinary experience. How better to enjoy your fine meal than with a glass of fine wine? This charming bistro features a wide selection of wines to perfectly pair with your meal. Especially outside on their outdoor garden patio, one almost feels like they’re on an Italian vacation.

  • Wide selection of European wines
  • Modern Italian bistro
  • Outdoor seating available

Whether it’s time for lunch, dinner, a snack, or a romantic rendezvous, Grove Arcade will satisfy your inner-oenophile. So, grab a glass, and come experience the magic!

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