A Pause in Your Day: Take a Break at Virgola Biltmore Italian Wine Bar

Virgola Biltmore owners Nan and Steve Klein.

The word “Virgola” in Italian means “comma,” or “pause” — and that’s exactly what Virgola Biltmore provides to its patrons who stop by.

Though it has only been open for one month, Biltmore Village regulars are starting to take notice of the new Italian wine bar that recently opened at 2 Hendersonville Road in Asheville.

Virgola Biltmore is an intimate wine bar, located right next to Ichiban in Biltmore Village. It recently held its grand opening event – where guests received free wine, gelato, and live music while the took a break from their busy lives.

Husband and wife Steve and Nan Klein own the new business, which opened its doors for a soft opening on July 5. Just last week, room was scarce inside the bar during the grand opening.

The Klein’s moved down to Asheville from Maryland after falling in love with the Virgola concept — a unique Italian wine bar featuring an exclusively Italian wine list. Steve met with founder Joseph Marazzo and decided to follow his dream.

“I fell in love with the concept,” Steve said. “I had been to Asheville before and I loved Asheville, so I decided to come down here and just go for it.”

Steve said Virgola Biltmore stands apart from other bars due to its sophisticated ambiance and wine list.

“Nothing really comes close,” Steve said. “It’s a unique experience.”

The bar also has a menu featuring fresh, raw oysters, ceviche and caviar as well as selections of imported Italian cheeses, salumi and salads.

Virgola’s entire menu is prepared in a heat-free kitchen and the bar features an exclusively Italian wine list that is highlighted by The Virgola Collection.

“There’s no TV — it’s a place to come talk and enjoy wine, ceviche and oysters,” Nan said.

In addition, the oysters the bar serves are less expensive than other places, Steve said.

“It’s a niche,” Steve said. “Our staff is very experienced. It’s important to us that the customers come in and have a wonderful experience.”

“We want the customer to feel like they’re a guest in our home,” Nan said.

Guests who walk into Virgola Biltmore will first notice the entire wall filled with wine bottles on several shelves, complete with large letters above that spells out the word “Virgola.”

Guests will also likely be impressed by the iPad menus that showcase the food, beer and wine the bar serves.

On the menu Virgola Biltmore offers five house wines, 17 Italian wines, and foods made with local produce and local fish.

The bar also offers happy hour serving discount food from 4-6 p.m. each day, and on Mondays, the bar also offers half-priced bottles of wine.

As the new wine bar is garnering some attention, event organizers have started working with Virgola Biltmore to cater wine for Asheville events. Steve said they would be provided wine during a local gala on Aug. 10, followed by serving wine at a VIP gathering in Asheville on Aug. 18

To learn more, visit http://www.virgolausa.com/.


About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.