At the center of Biltmore’s agricultural legacy lies George Vanderbilt’s vision for a self-sustaining estate. From the inception of Biltmore’s various farms in the late 1800s, Mr. Vanderbilt intended to provide produce, meat, and other products for his family and guests at Biltmore. The intent to preserve Mr. Vanderbilt’s original vision of a self-sustaining estate gave birth to Biltmore’s modern Field to Table Program. After the sale of the dairy in the 1980s, all of the Biltmore Grown products were used in estate restaurants. Beginning in 2020, a premiere selection of Biltmore Grown products became available for the first time off the estate through BILTMORE® SHOP.
The Biltmore® Grown Philosophy
At Biltmore we pride ourselves on the superb quality of the estate-raised products that were born and raised on the same 8,000 acres where they are consumed. We seek to use resources wisely and encourage consideration of how to maintain farming operations long into the future. We believe that our local agriculture products are one of the biggest assets to our sustainability mission. Biltmore believes our agriculture program provides an exceptional product with sustainability in mind. As a company, we value environmental stewardship and view it as natural extension of George Vanderbilt’s original vision for his estate.
Pasture Based Beef
Biltmore® Grown Angus Beef is a pasture based product. Our cattle are always on pasture and are fed a grain supplement to complete the finishing process. All of our meat products are raised without added hormones, and are processed humanely at a USDA inspected facility. Our historic Angus cow herd is rooted in the maternal ability of our cow families while keeping focus on the end product. We do so by utilizing the most cutting-edge technology and genetics the Angus breed has to offer. Our cattle are bred to perform, produce and marble on fescue forage, presenting the Biltmore herd’s genetics as a unique product that can deliver for any cattle program.
Biltmore agriculture maintains animal welfare as one of the guiding principle of our livestock programs. Animals are visually inspected daily by experienced care takers who prioritize an animal’s well-being above all else. We are constantly working to improve our animal’s quality of life with low stress handling as a cornerstone of our program. Our hogs are never raised in confinement, and after weaning, they live in outdoor paddocks with forage. Our sheep are and rotationally grazed as part of a comprehensive parasite management plan. All of our animals’ care is overseen by the estate’s consulting veterinarian, and multiple staff members live onsite to address animal concerns any time of day or night.
Biltmore Estate Restaurants
Biltmore guests can enjoy a variety of dining options across the estate. From the Appalachian comfort food at Stable Café in the historic stables adjacent to Biltmore House to the global pub fare of Cedric’s® Tavern in Antler Hill Village, each restaurant utilizes various estate-raised ingredients in their menus. Estate restaurants are also the perfect place to try one of our award-winning Biltmore wines. To try estate-inspired meals at home, explore the online recipe section of BILTMORE® SHOP.