If you live in the great state of Nevada, you can count on being able to find some fantastic wineries, both inside Nevada and within a day’s drive. Four wineries are located within the state (two in Northern Nevada and two in Southern Nevada), but if you’re willing to do a little bit of driving, there are plenty more in California that aren’t too far away.
Wineries in Nevada
Tahoe Ridge Winery
Tahoe Ridge Winery in Carson City provides wine tasting and wine sales, as well as a marketplace and bistro serving lunch and dinner. Their new production facility, co-located with the Carson City Bistro, includes an Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Market. They offer complimentary tastings of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which are also featured in special bistro meals.
You can visit Tahoe Ridge Winery Monday through Thursday between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm or on Friday and Saturday between 11 am and 6 pm.
Also located in Northern Nevada is the Churchill Vineyards winery, which is located at the historic Frey Ranch in Churchill County near Fallon. The area is known for its hot days and chilly nights, which the winery credits for producing “intricate flavors and delicate aromas for flavorful, well balanced wines.”1 Churchill Vineyards is currently the only Nevada winery that grows, produces, and bottles its own white wines.
While you’re there, be sure to visit Frey Ranch Estate Distillery.2 Its “ground to glass” operation offers vodka, gin and whiskey made from grains grown on the Frey Ranch by its fifth-generation owners.
Both venues are only open on Saturdays from noon until 4 pm, so make sure and plan your trip accordingly.
Pahrump Valley Winery
If you’re in Southern Nevada, be sure to visit Pahrump Valley Winery,billed as “Nevada’s Winery in the Desert.”3 It was voted both Best Winery and Best Restaurant in Nevada Magazinefor the past two years, so it’s an option that’s worth your while. Its wines have won 83 National Wine Awards.
Pahrump Winery offers wine tasting from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, seven days a week. Its restaurant, called Symphony’s, offers appetizers, steaks, seafood, and sandwiches. In addition to its other accolades, the restaurant has maintained the highest rating for its area on TripAdvisorfor the past five years.
Sanders Family Winery
Also in Pahrump is Sanders Family Winery.4 It’s located roughly 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, so a short drive “over the hump to Pahrump” offers Las Vegas locals the chance to visit two wineries in one day.
Sanders Family winery also offers wine tastings seven days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It also regularly hosts events such as concerts, so there’s a good chance you’ll be treated to some entertainment if you make this part of your trip.
Wineries within Driving Distance of Nevada
If choose to venture out of Nevada, there are some excellent winery options within driving distance in California. For example, if you’re in the Reno area, you can easily take a day trip to Nevada County, California, which sits between Sacramento and Reno/Lake Tahoe with easy access from I-80. In this Northern Sierra area, you’ll find Avanguardia Wines and Sierra Starr Vineyards, to name just two.
Avanguardia5, in Nevada City, is a boutique winery offering non-traditional blended wines, with 100% of its wines being proprietary blends crafted from 2-6 different grape varieties, many of which are Italian. Sierra Starr6 in Grass Valley farms 12 acres of fruit, with most its wines being produced from estate-grown grapes. It offers several varieties of whites and reds, as well as a champagne and two other sparkling varieties.
If you’re in the Las Vegas area, you can take a weekend trip to more than 30 wineries in Temecula, but the drive to Southern California Wine Country is worth it for the sheer volume of top-quality wineries you’ll find, all within a few miles of each other. These include Callaway Vineyard & Winery, Briar Rose Winery, Falkner Winery, and Tesoro Winery, among many others.
If you happen to be in the area from May 20 to May 22, you can attend the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival, which includes participation from 13 wineries and offers food and wine pairings (as well as beer and food pairings) in addition to a hot air balloon launch and tethered balloon rides. Camping is also offered for those who wish to spend a night or two.
Most people probably don’t immediately think of wine when they think about Nevada, but in addition to being very close to some of the best wineries California offers, the state has some great wineries of its own. If you like wine and live in Nevada, you have plenty of options.
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.
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