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How to Choose a Van for Van Life

Ready for a new adventure? One that involves travel? And possibility living out of your van? We’ve spent many, many hours discussing, processing, debating and learning about how and what kind of van we should get for van life. In this post we discuss some of the questions we’ve wrestled with ourselves. Answering them should help you narrow the decision making process and get a van that suits your needs: How to Choose a Van for Van Life. Already picked a vehicle? Head on over to our thoughts on outfitting the inside of your home on wheels.

What’s the best van for van life?

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Who doesn’t love the look of this van?!

Is it a vintage VW? A mini van? A cargo van from the 90’s? The long and short answer is that the best van for you might be the worst van for someone else. (We’re making the assumption that you’ve decided to actually live in a van and have already ruled out school buses, RV’s, truck campers, etc.) Vehicle choice is a personal decision and one that is going to take a good bit of time to figure out. For starters, though, we’ve found that the following questions are good jumping off points for figuring how to choose the best van for van life.

How much money do you want to spend?

The answer to this question is one of the most important when it comes to figuring out how to choose a van for van life. Your budget is definitely going to impact your options. You might be lusting after a 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter van with clearance, a hitch, a bamboo ceiling and all kinds of internal wiring as well as solar BUT if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it. Figure out how much money you have (or want to spend) on a van and go from there. There are so many options these days that figuring out your budget is going to be one of the first steps in narrowing your options.

In addition, a new van is likely going to be more expensive than a used van. That said, if you have the experience necessary to fix up a used van, you might be able to save a lot of money by buying a vehicle someone else has given up on. We’ve had two vintage vehicles but we will never go down that route again. Lesson learned! We dumped way too much money into them and ended up abandoning both.

Also, when it comes to money, think about gas mileage. Our Dodge Ram Promaster City gets pretty good gas mileage. It averages about 24 miles per gallon. If you think you’ll be doing a lot of driving, this might be a question to really ask yourself when trying to decide which van to choose for van life.

Starting prices for our top three van life vehicles are below.

Will you be living in the van full-time?

This is another one of the critical questions to ask when deciding which is the best van for van life. Part-time adventures mean you can have a rig that maybe isn’t the perfect fit  but it’s close enough because you can problem-solve relatively easily. For example: the van is missing a shower but you’ll mostly be staying at campgrounds so it’s not a big deal. Or, it’s lacking electrical wiring but you’ll only be using it on weekends so you can bring most of your gear fully charged.

How many people and pets will be traveling?

Space needs will be different based on how many people and pets you plan to travel with. The fewer the people and paws, the less space you will need. Space needs include seats, seatbelts, sleeping spaces, food storage spaces, gear storage spaces, etc … all of which expand as you add more bodies to the trip. We traveled with a dog for a while in our 1976 Toyota Chinook but it was tight. For the last year it’s just been the two of us. We’ve managed to cut down on how much space we’ll need by decluttering (more on that HERE) and making sure that almost everything in the van has at least two purposes.

Do you need to stand up?

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We drove across the country and back in this van and are thankful for good gas mileage!

At first I wrote, ‘Do you want to stand up’ but then I realized, almost everyone is going to want that. It’s one of the main reasons we have outgrown our van (pictured above.) Most of the time being able to stand up isn’t an issue but it really gets the best of us when the weather is bad and we’re cooking and making coffee outside. But purchasing a high roof van is going to impact how much it costs. There are different options for van height but, basically, the taller you go, the more it’s going to cost. That goes for both the cost of the van as well as gas mileage. That said, if you’re only going to be weekending or taking short trips in your van, you might not need the extra height.

Do looks matter?

What the van looks like really comes down to personal preference. For the longest time I really wanted to get a VW van. I just love the way they look. But when it came time to choosing a van, the practical side of things took over. I wasn’t willing to sacrifice reliability for something that looked really great on Instagram. Maybe you are? (Especially if you’re handy with tools and love a good project. In all honestly, I’ll probably always love the way a VW looks but will never own one because I’m too afraid of the costs.) One look at Pinterest will show you that the sky is the limit when it comes to van life aesthetics. That said, often the most affordable rigs are really, really ugly. (A quick scan on Craigslist is bound to turn up all kinds of examples.)

What are your van life needs?

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Making coffee in the rain is one of the drawbacks to a smaller van.

Some van lifers can get by with fewer amenities than others. We have traveled for over a year without a bathroom or running water. There are lots of different hacks to staying clean on the road but if you can get away without a bathroom, you’re going to save yourself money and valuable space.

Another question to ask yourself is whether or not you’ll want a sink, or electricity, running water, a bed that you don’t have to break down or not. The answers to each of these questions is going to impact the amount of space you’ll need and therefore the size of your vehicle.

Conversion kit or DIY van life build?

Another super important question to consider when trying to narrow down which van to choose is whether or not you’ll be using a conversion kit or doing the build yourself. A conversion kit will take a lot less time to install (this means getting on the road faster) but it can potentially cost more money than doing it yourself. A DIY build, however, requires having the skills to do the work or learning them. In addition, building your own van out requires time, tools and the space to do it.

There’s plenty of options when it comes to custom builds but if you’re trying to keep costs low, you can pretty much cross this option off your list. The minute you go custom, the costs start skyrocketing. We’ll post more about the interiors of different vans and their options. For now, we’re going to just stick on the vehicle itself.

Gas or diesel?

Ah, the debates for this one seem to go round and round. Especially on reddit. Personally, we’re big proponents of gas engines. The main reason for us isn’t actually fuel economy or torque (we’re not going to be towing anything) but it’s that we don’t want to have to stress about being able to find a diesel mechanic if we break down.

So, what’s the best van for van life?

Since you made it this far you probably guessed we were going to say “it depends” when it comes to choosing the best van for van life. It’s really all about your needs as van lifers (or weekend users) which are different from one person to the next. But we’ve narrowed our top picks to three:

Dodge Ram Promaster City

This is what we’ve been traveling in for about a year. You can read a ton more about it by checking out our Van Life page. It’s got a Wayfarer Plug-N-Player Camp Conversion Kit in it. It’s great for people who are on the smaller side (especially if there are two of you traveling). It is also great if you are wanting a daily driver (meaning that your van will double as your regular vehicle) and want to still get fairly good gas mileage. It’s also the most affordable option of all the ones listed below. It’s starting price new back in 2018 was $23,995. These days you can get a used one for much less. Full disclosure: We’ve had some issues with our van. We finally decided to write about it. You can learn more here on our post Problems with the Ram Promaster City.

Dodge Ram Promaster 1500 with a high roof

This is the bigger sibling to the Dodge Ram Promaster City. You can stand up in this van and spread out a bit more (it’s got a super boxy shape to it.) If you’re wondering why we like this one over the Ford Transit, it’s mostly because the base models come with more things than the base models of the Transits. In addition, we like the look of it a tad more than the Ford, it has a few more inches of roof height and we can get a Wayfarer kit for this van. It’s starting price new is $32,695. Again, this is for a high roof. The standard sized roof Promaster starts at $29,295.

Mercedes Sprinter Van

We never really considered buying a new Mercedes Sprinter van because it’s a big jump up in price from the Dodge. Not only does the cost go up for the vehicle itself, but it also prices the conversion kits and van life builds in a much higher group. Rising costs = rising panic. That said, if you can find a used one that hasn’t been in an accident and has low mileage, you might have found a winner. We think it’s a great vehicle and it makes the list because, even though it’s out of our budget, it’s still a great vehicle. New Mercedes Sprinters start at around $36,495.

All of the above vehicles we mentioned above are at the 2018 models.

Additional Camper Van Resources

How to Choose a Van for Van Life Recap

There’s obviously lots to think about when it comes to figuring out which is the best van for van life. Hopefully the information above helps you in choosing a vehicle that fits your needs. If you’ve already picked a great van for van life, hop on over to our next post in this series about Custom Builds, DIY Van Conversion and Conversion Kits.

Still not sure which van to choose? It’s helpful to try them out. Luckily there are numerous companies out there that rent vans so you can test them out for a weekend or a week-long adventure (even more) to see which ones suit you best. Learn more on our post about the 7 Best Camper Van Rental Companies.

In addition, be sure to check out the full list of van life posts HERE.

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Places in Asheville With Outdoor Heaters

We went to Instagram and asked our online community to share about places in Asheville with outdoor heaters. Why? Because when we get the chance to go somewhere, we often can’t think of where to go to stay warm. Now all of the information is in one place. Keep reading to see where you can enjoy a beer or some food while staying warm.

Baby Bull | 1 Roberts Street

Two hands hold beer, one a silver can and one in a brown bottle with a cream white label that has a drawing of a burger and a bull's skull. It reads "Baby Bull" on it. The two beers are touching as if to toast.
The beer and the burgers at Baby Bull are worth braving cooler temperatures especially because they have a bunch of outdoor heaters by their picnic tables.

Long-time Asheville residents will fondly recall the Monday night Burger Night at Bull and Beggar. It was a double patty burgers with cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, and mayo served with french fries and a pork rind. If you had it, you’re probably drooling by now. The good thing is, you can get this burger Thursday-Monday at Baby Bull, located in the River Arts District near the silo. Oh, and they’ve got outdoor heaters to keep you comfy while you eat. Bonus: Monday nights you can get a burger, fries, and a beer or soda (not available to go) for $9.99.

Bottle Riot | 37 Paynes Way

Bottle Riot is located in the River Arts District and it has a deep selection of both bottles and wines by the glass. Plus, they have a little bit of everything on their menu from $7 wines to a $400 bottle of 2008 Louis Roederer, Cristal.

Bull and Beggar | 37 Paynes Way

After grabbing a glass of wine at Bottle Riot, head on over to their next-door neighbor, Bull and Beggar. This is some of the finest food in Asheville. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu and the service is always excellent. But in addition to their upscale food, they also have outdoor heaters and a canvas tent on their patio so you can dine in comfort.

Burial Beer | 40 Collier Avenue

Craft beer enthusiasts don’t have to go without their favorite brews from Burial this winter as they are one of the spots in South Slope with outdoor heaters. They’ve also got a designated smoking area for those of you who like to partake and those of you who don’t want to be around it. Guzzle all the Surf Wax you can handle without freezing your butt off!

DSSOLVR | 63 North Lexington Avenue

Another brewery in downtown Asheville with outdoor heaters is DSSOLVR. From North Lexington, it doesn’t look like they have an outdoor patio but they do. And it has outdoor heaters to pair with their creatively named and tasty beers.

Forestry Camp | 10 Shady Oak Drive

The fine people behind Burial Beer are also behind Forest Camp so it should come as no surprise that their other location also has outdoor heaters. Note: Forestry Camp is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Jettie Rae’s Oyster House | 143 Charlotte Street

This restaurant recently made it onto our blog with their burger. We put it in our list of the best burgers in Asheville. And if it comes as a surprise to you, we get it! Because first and foremost this is a seafood spot. Regardless of what you order, you’ll eat without freezing as they have outdoor heaters.

Leo’s House of Thirst | 1055 Haywood Road

If you’re looking for a cool spot to grab some delicious food and drinks, check out Leo’s House of Thirst. They are a great spot for brunch and for meeting up with friends as they have outdoor heaters at their picnic tables and also a firepit that has several benches where a group can gather. Their servers are super friendly and knowledgeable and we’ve always had a fun time there.

Oak and Grist | 1556 Grovestone Road

Technically, Oak and Grist, an Asheville area distillery, is located in Black Mountain. But from downtown Asheville it’s just an 18 minute drive (14 miles) until you’re sipping on one of their spirits in the comfort of an outdoor heater. Bonus: they offer 30-minute tours of their distillery which you can book online.

River Rhapsody Beer Company | 995 Riverside Drive

This brewery is just outside of Asheville in the small town of Woodfin but it’ll keep ya toasty with their beer and outdoor heaters no matter how cold the temps get. They have ten or 11 beers on tap as well as a cider and a handful of wines in a can.

Rhubarb | 7 SW Pack Square

Head on over to Rhubarb if you’re looking for a space with outdoor heaters in downtown Asheville. John Fleer, owner and chef, is one of the more well-known chefs in Asheville as he was named one of the “Rising Stars of the 21st Century” by the James Beard Foundation. He’s also been a five-time finalist for the James Beard award “Best Chef in the Southeast.” Basically what we’re saying is you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible meal while staying warm.

Rye Knot | 868 Merrimon Avenue

This distillery, brewery, and restaurant in North Asheville also happens to have outdoor heaters. Their patio makes good use of the sidewalk and parking lot so if you visit, drive slowly as people spill out into the street when there’s live music. It’s only been in business since 2020 but it’s one of the more lively spots in this part of town. And it’s close to UNCA.

The Whale | 507 Haywood Road, #10

a photo of The Whale in West Asheville. There are a few outdoor heaters to the left of the building and a bunch of people sitting at picnic tables in the outdoor space.
Want unique craft beers in West Asheville with outdoor heaters? Head on over to The Whale!

We spent part of our Halloween at The Whale because it’s fun and they have a great selection of delicious, hard-to-find craft beers from all over the world. If you tell them what you like, they’ll help you find something tasty to drink. And they have both outdoor heaters and also an outdoor tent. It’s one of our favorite spots in West Asheville.

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse | 121 Biltmore Avenue

One of the newer restaurants in Asheville also happens to have outdoor heaters and an outdoor fireplace. This Japanese Smokehouse has numerous tasty dishes to choose from (we enjoyed everything we had but in particular loved the striped bass grilled with a brown butter ponzu, lemon, and sea salt. This is a great place for a date or also before seeing a show at the Orange Peel which is just across the street.

Wag Bar | 320 Merrimon Avenue

One of the most fun spots in the Asheville area with outdoor heaters is Wag Bar. Technically it’s in Weaverville, but it’s totally worth the drive. Why? Because they’ve combined a bar with a dog park. You can visit Wagbar for a drink and just to be around dogs even if you don’t have your own pup.

Walls Wine Bar | 38 Broadway Street

Our friend the Uncorked Librarian told us about Walls Wine Bar in downtown Asheville. They’ve got outdoor heaters on their sidewalk patio area and a whole host of delicious wines (organic, biodynamic, and natural wines) to choose from. Plus, if you need to get out of the elements for a bit, you can walk into the gallery and check out some amazing photography.

Wedge Brewing Co. at Wedge Studios | 37 Paynes Way

Three t-shits bearing various Wedge brewery logos are hanging from a metal fence. There is a person sitting under and overhead outdoor heater in the background. A string of colorful Christmas lights runs along the top of the fence.
The outdoor heaters are on at the Wedge Brewery in the River Arts District.

There are some nice overhead outdoor heaters at the old Wedge. This is the one next to Bottle Riot. They’re a lot more powerful than some of the heater towers that are more common. They also have some smaller outdoor heaters near their picnic tables out in the parking lot and if you ask really nicely someone may turn one on for you.

Wicked Weed Brewing Pub and Funkatorium | 91 Biltmore and 147 Coxe Avenue

Some of our favorite beer is made by the people at Wicked Weed. And lucky for us (and you) they have outdoor heaters at their brew pub on Biltmore and their Funkatorium in South Slope. This is one spot you’re likely to find us this winter as we make the slow march to spring, huddled over one an Appalachian IPA or a Coastal Love or a Pernicious or a Freak of Nature or a … haha you get the point.

Zia Taqueria | 521 Haywood Road

In our opinion, we think Zia Taqueria did a really great job pivoting during the pandemic. They were quick to provide a lot of great outdoor seating and they made an easy, contact-less pickup system for to-go orders. So it should be no big surprise that they also have a bunch of outdoor heaters so that you can enjoy some food and drink outdoors in one of our favorite spots in West Asheville.

Zillicoah Beer Company | 870 Riverside Drive

Another craft brewery has made our list of places in Asheville that have outdoor heaters. The only catch is that it’s technically in Woodfin. Regardless, it’s a great spot for a beer by the river. Plus the parking is easy and free and there is a lot of space for kids and dogs. Just keep in mind that it’s 21+ Monday through Saturday. Sunday is family day so you can bring your kids.

Do you know of a place in Asheville with outdoor heaters that should be on this list? Send us an email or leave a comment below. Also, as always, it’s best to call ahead to make sure you have the most up to date information.

Like, save, pin, or share this post for future reference. And if you need ideas on some Fun Things to Do in the Winter in Asheville, check out our post!

A WNC Wine Tour With Van in Black

You may have long been curious about the wine scene here in Western North Carolina, and while some wine enthusiasts and aficionados may have a version of what they think it entails, the only way to know for sure is to take a guided tour and see for yourself. (There is more to the wine scene here than muscadine grapes!) With over 15 wineries within 50 miles of Asheville, you’ll have plenty to discover on a WNC Wine Tour with Van in Black–there are even some that are within driving distance to each other and perfect for a chartered tour for events such as bachelor and bachelorette parties, special occasions, holidays, or birthday trips. 

Read about this intimate trip as you wine-hop your way to tasting the budding terroir of the region by way of a condensed, 4-winery tour starting in Flat Rock, NC, and ending in Tryon, NC.

Hitch a Ride With The Best: Van in Black

A shiny black Mercedes stand-up van with tinted windows is parked on gravel next to winery equipment in an outdoor shed. There are green trees and grass in the background.
Ride in style, comfort, and safety on our WNC Wine Tour with the team from Van in Black.

Dubbed the “Coolest Ride In The Carolinas” Van In Black and owner Ryan Watts, curates casual gatherings, group tours, and everything in between for folks visiting Asheville and surrounding areas. Whether you’re in town for a wedding, visiting family, or a local wanting to check out the growing wine industry in North Carolina, Ryan and his sleek, modern, fleet is packed with beverages and snacks to keep you happy and energized while touring each location. Plus, if you think you’ll want more than just a snack, you can opt to have the Asheville Picnic Company provide a cute and tasty, locally curated bagged lunch.

Your vehicle options range from a Luxury SUV with a TV, tinted windows, and leather seats, to 11, 12, and 14 passenger Mercedes stand-up vans, each with its own great sound system, tinted windows, and luxury amenities. Want to know more about the vans? Head on over to Van in Black’s website to decide which van will be the best for your group.

Asheville Wine Tours

In addition to Van in Black, Ryan the owner has a sister company called Asheville Wine Tours. They provide a seamless experience from pick up to drop off. His guides will even throw in some wine knowledge of the wineries you’ll be visiting along with digestible, historical bytes appropriate for each winery. Each wine tour is custom to meet the group’s needs. And though it’s dubbed a wine tour, if your group wants to check out local cider houses or pubs, Asheville Wine Tours and Van in Black will do just that!

Though most tours focus on one region and will include stops at 3 or 4 wineries, if you have a different idea, let the team know and they’ll do their best to accommodate you. Van in Black will pick you up and drop you off so you don’t have to do any driving for your wine tour–oh and the best part is that you can drink on the van while en route!

There’s Wine In These Mountains

Marked Tree Vineyard | 623 Deep Gap Rd, Flat Rock, NC

A photo of the indoor/outdoor space at Marked Tree Vineyards. There is a long family style table with chairs and a couple of smaller, round tables. The doors are big garage style doors and they are open. There is a view of the green trees and mountains in the back. A woman stands at the counter for wine and appears to be talking to a man working behind the bar.
Marked Tree Vineyard has not only delicious wines but also a beautiful spot with a view of the moutains for tasting them.

As part of a group touring a few of the wineries in the area, we started off our WNC wine tour with Van in Black at Marked Tree Vineyard, a name which gives homage to marker trees indigenous folks used to navigate the trails–an early trail system for finding water, food, and gathering spaces. 

Owners, Tim Parks and Lance Hiatt really honed in on the intimate feel of this modern space. Its clean lines, open structures, and welcoming vibe can be felt throughout the property. Their hope was to meld finding your own way through a convergence of meeting new people and growing wine. The spirit of this modern, well-designed, intentionally built winery is set along the Eastern Continental Divide providing an exceptional climate for growing grapes as the evenings are crisp and the days are warm here, especially between now and the Fall season.

They live on-site and hand-pick their grapes, giving new meaning to “labor of love” in each bottle they produce. Their popular Rosé is named after their sweet pup, Ellie Mae, and is the perfect wine to sip as you take in the views from every direction. They offer small bites and snacks with occasional food trucks on weekends. Head over to their downtown Asheville tasting room if you’re not able to make it to the winery.

What To Do While You’re There: While you’re sipping their seasonal selections, take a stroll over to the towering oak in the front of the property known as the oldest tree in Henderson County.

Parker-Binns Vineyard | 2275 Whiteside Rd, Mill Spring, NC

a photo of the property at Parker-Binns Vineyard. There are four gray picnic tables with red umbrellas spread out on the grass. A few dark green bushes and pink roses are in the foreground. They're planted in a bed of mulch. There are a couple small wooden structures in the background and behind them and further in the background are rows of grapes and a sliver of a mountain top.
There’s a lot of beautiful outdoor seating for you to enjoy the wines at Parker-Binns Vineyard.

As we made our way through the Tryon Foothills on our WNC wine tour with Van in Black, we settled in with Karen and Bob Binns who, after living in the Jersey Shore and working the food and beverage industry, decided to take a plunge into the growing wine scene in North Carolina. They molded their family-run operation, Parker-Binns, into a comfortable outdoor setting complete with an on-site production facility. 

Parker-Binns uses a “cold-dry” method in preserving their grapes, derived from their favorite Italian wineries–it’s a way of keeping the clusters in cooler temperatures and in plastic bins, before easing into production.

In addition to small, local bites, they have a Burger Barn that has burgers and shareables as well as sandwiches. 

What To Do While You’re There: Visit the llamas and donkeys on their small farm just below the tasting room which frames the rolling vineyards in the distance. Check out the selfie spot for a quick pic to remember your visit.

Overmountain Vineyards | 2012 Sandy Plains Rd #8799, Tryon, NC

Six bottles of wine from Overmountain Vineyards are lined up on a white, brown, and pink marble countertop. The background setting has blue tiles and wooden cabinets.
The art on the wine at Overmountain Vineyards is just as beautiful as the wines are delicious.

Another Tryon gem, Overmountain Vineyards is the epitome of balance between wine knowledge and love of art. Dad and daughter duo Frank and Sofia Lily are the backbone of this family-owned winery. The first thing I noticed when I entered this space is how lush and welcoming it is. There are plants everywhere and two friendly Great Danes that greet you as you walk up. 

Sofia’s quick-witted energy flows through the place. From warm welcomes to stories of her Latin roots (her mother is from Cuba)–you can tell her love of wine and meeting new people is the glue that holds it all together. Their 70-acre farm vineyard is tended to by volunteers, family, and friends and their massive patio overlooks parts of the vineyard and is surrounded by lush greenery all around. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and their estate premium wine, Petit Manseng, is in the ground right now. There’s a U-pick blueberry patch and if you’re looking to extend your visit, check out their villas and stay awhile.

What To Do While You’re There: You’ll definitely want to take a quick peek at their wine bottles and art that hangs inside their tasting room. Most of their wine labels feature favorite artists that captured their attention over the years.

Mountain Brook Vineyards | 731 Phillips Dairy Rd, Tryon, NC

A fire blazes in a circular brick firepit with several adirondack chairs circled around it. There are rows of grapevines in the background. The sky is a beautiful orange with a couple of dark purple clouds. A small sliver of blue mountain is in the background.
Sunset is a beautiful time to visit Mountain Brook Vineyards!

The last stop of the evening on our WNC wine tour with Van in Black was Mountain Brook Vineyards. It’s located on a gorgeous 72-acre vineyard with about 15 currently under vine that was acquired back in 2018. Now, under new owners, the property boasts a huge fire pit, a stage with lawn space for events, and covered patios and gondolas throughout which face rows of vines with some pretty epic sunrises and sunsets. During our visit we witnessed the beautiful light fading away behind the vineyards and it was truly a sight to take in. If you’re ever in Tryon, be sure to stop by!

Mountain Brook Vineyards offers various curated flights of what’s in season and they pair well with their menu options which include local farmstead cheeses and charcuterie offerings. If you have a dog, they have a pet-friendly policy and all dogs are welcome to hang out.

What To Do While You’re There: Their covered stage area is perfect for events such as live music and seasonal outdoor movies.

WNC Wine Tour with Van in Black Recap

Now that you’ve got a taste of the local wine scene just outside of Asheville, where will you go first? Wherever you decide to visit, you will be impressed by the quality of wines, amazing location, and hospitable welcomes by all who tend to the wines in this mountainous region. 

Ready to book the best wine tour in Asheville? Hop on over to Van In Black’s website and schedule your visit. And if you need more info, check out their FAQ page or contact them here. Have you been on a WNC Wine Tour with Van in Black? If so, we’d love to hear what you thought! Please leave a comment below.

Not into wine? No worries, the Asheville area has plenty of other things to see, do, eat, and drink. Check out some of our other popular posts such as Asheville’s Best Outdoor Breweries and Bars and Best Brewery Tours in Asheville.

Originally from the Bay Area, California, Stephanie now resides in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with her 4 children and husband. She is a content creator during the day, and continuing education student at night. When she’s not reading, she is planning the next camping trip with her family. Her love of the outdoors and sharing those moments with people from different walks of life aligns with her continued growth in racial justice and equity in her community.