Winemaker, Pilippe Jourdain, produced the Biltmore Estate's first grape crop in 1978. Since then, Biltmore vineyards have produced a variety of wines. Currently, 120 acres of commercial grape vineyards are producing 35,000 cases of wine per year. This number is expected to grow to over 100,000 cases per year by 1994. This growth will come with the completion of a 30,000-square-foot, $6.5 million winery. The winery is scheduled to begin construction in September 1984. While production is expected to increase, Mr. Jourdain still focuses on the quality of Biltmore Vineyard's products rather than the quantity.