Yes, there are wineries in Nevada and they make excellent wines. We are no Napa Valley in scope, but you can enjoy locally - produced wine, made with grapes grown in Nevada, and help support Nevada business at the same time. We currently have two wineries in northern Nevada and one in southern Nevada.
Tahoe Ridge Winery
Tahoe Ridge Winery, Bistro and Marketplace is located in the town of Minden, about 60 miles south of Reno in the Carson Valley. Tahoe Ridge Winery was established in 1990 and is Nevada's oldest wine making and grape growing company. Over 12,000 cases of wine are produced each year, from grapes grown in both Nevada and California. Winemaking is done at the facility in Minden.
Tahoe Ridge Winery makes award - winning wines and has the trophies to prove it. Recent awards include a gold medal for the 2008 Reserve Zinfandel and a silver medal for their Tahoe Ridge, Nevada 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tahoe Ridge Winery produces red, white, and sweet wines. These include Nevada grown Frontenac, Cabernet, Merlot, La Crosse, Semillion, La Crosse Ice Wine, Brianna, and many more.
Complimentary wine tasting and sales are available at the Tahoe Ridge Winery, Bistro and Marketplace, 1644 Highway 395, Minden, Nevada 89423. There is also a menu of salads, appetizers, gourmet pizzas, and wine accessories, jewelry, books, and clothing. Tahoe Ridge wines are also sold at various retail outlets around the Reno / Tahoe area. For more information, call (775) 783-1566.
Churchill Vineyards was established in 2001 and is located about 60 miles east of Reno / Sparks in Fallon, Nevada. The vineyards are part of an effort to diversify agriculture in Churchill County with crops that conserve scarce water, enhance wilflife habitat, and create a viable addition to the local economy. Churchill Vineyards partners with numerous private organizations and governmental agencies to conduct research toward establishing grape growing and wine production in the region.
Churchill Vineyards produces wines from both Nevada - grown grapes and those imported from California. A specialty is white wines, with this winery being the only one making Nevada grown, produced, and bottled (estate) white wines. Three of these are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Semillon - Chardonnay. Red wines from Churchill Vineyards include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Sirah.
Churchill Vineyards wines can be purchased from their wine store at 1045 Dodge Lane, Fallon, Nevada 89406. There are numerous other locations around the area where you can purchase Churchill Vineyards wines or enjoy a glass while dining out.
Unique to Churchill Vineyards are distilled spirits. The winery became Nevada's first licensed commercial distillery in 2010. Products being developed include Nevada Brandy, Nevada Single Malt Whiskey, and vodka.
Pahrump Valley Winery
Pahrump Valley Winery in southern Nevada was established in 1990 and claims to be Nevada's oldest winery. (Tahoe Ridge makes the same claim. I'm not sure who is really the oldest, but I think it makes little difference either way.) Also located with the winery, Symphony's Restaurant offers lunch and dinner with Pahrump Valley wines to accompany your meal. The restaurant offers special menus on a variety of special days throughout the year (Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, etc.).
A large variety of wines are produced at Pahrump Valley Winery, including many made from grapes grown in southern Nevada. Among these are the award - winning Symphony, Chardonnay, Desert Blush, Pinot Grigio, Syrah, Barbera, Nevada Zinfandel, and many more. Grapes are obtained from several different vineyards around Nevada and California.
Pahrump Valley Winery and Symphony's Restaurant are located about an hour west of Las Vegas on Highway 160, at 3810 Winery Road, Pahrump, Nevada 89048. Wine tasting is free and there are daily tours of the winery. For more information, call (775) 751-7800.
More About Enjoying Wine
Many of us can enjoy a good glass of wine without being wine snobs or even knowing much about it. However, learning a bit more about the fruit of the vine might help you select wines better suited to your dining and drinking pleasure.