Visiting Nevada… for Wine Tasting?

There is a revolution going on right now. The most unexpected destinations are beginning to produce wine. But not just any “wine,” great wine accompanied by spectacular experiences and views to boot.

The State of Nevada has been making wine since around 1990. While it’s been a few decades in the making, there are still only 4 wineries within the state as of 2018. Interestingly, there are no official “AVAs” or formally recognized “American Viticultural Areas” in Nevada… yet.

Due to the nature of the soil composition here, only certain grape varieties are able to be produced as quality varietal wines. There is residual salt from eons ago, boron, and in many areas poor annual rainfall. However, sometimes stressing the vines can lead to a beautiful outcome in the long term. It’s a great analogy for grapes, comprable to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s quote referring to overcoming struggles for a better purpose… “The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

As early 2018, the four wineries within the State of Nevada include Pahrump Valley Winery, Sanders Family Winery, Tahoe Ridge and Churchill Vineyards.

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Visit Pahrump Valley Winery Near Las Vegas

Heading to Vegas? Tired of the same old club scene? Explore another world just an hour away by car.

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The Pahrump Valley Winery is located in Pahrump, Nevada which is approximately an hour outside of Las Vegas. On property, we grow Zinfandel and Syrah which we produce into single varietal wines. We also source Primitivo, Barbera, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet, Merlot, and Riesling from other Southern and Central Nevada Vineyards which are produced into single varietal wines and blends. Currently, about 25% of our production is from Nevada grapes and 75% is from California grapes. Our California fruit is sourced from the premium grape growing regions in Northern California. However, we have planted about 20 acres of grapes in Southern and Central Nevada within the past four years and expect the ratio to shift to 75% production from Nevada grapes in the next 5 years. Quite an accomplishment from the 100 cases of Nevada wines we produced in 2005! Those 100 cases were the state of Nevada’s first ever commercially produced red wine!

Our winery is a guest friendly oasis in the middle of the Mohave Desert!

We offer complimentary tours most days at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30. There is also a complimentary tasting of seven wines of your choice from 10:30 am – 7:30 pm.

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Symphony’s Restaurant at Pahrump Valley Winery

We have a comfortable highly rated restaurant (Greig cutting off Gretchen’s modesty here… it’s been voted the best restaurant in Nevada 3 years running by Nevada Magazine) serving lunch 7 days a week from 11:30-3 and dinner from 5-8:30. You can dine in our enclosed patio overlooking the estate vines making this a one of a kind experience in the state of Nevada! Guests visit us after a day of hiking, golfing, or just an escape from the Las Vegas Strip.

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Pahrump offers a variety of wines including reds, rose and whites along with dry, sweet and dessert styles. Most visitors will find something they like, this this a great change of pace from the Vegas strip. Pahrump invites you to visit them on your next sojourn to Nevada and enjoy a glass of their award-winning wine.

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Greig Santos-Buch is a Co-Founder at Winetraveler.com and a WSET 2 sommelier. He works with several brands focusing on experiential and immersive-style travel.

In his spare time, you can find him hiking with a bottle of Cabernet Franc in his backpack or scuba diving trying to talk a reef shark into trying Swiss wine.
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Greig Santos-Buch is a Co-Founder at Winetraveler.com and a WSET 2 sommelier. He works with several brands focusing on experiential and immersive-style travel. In his spare time, you can find him hiking with a bottle of Cabernet Franc in his backpack or scuba diving trying to talk a reef shark into trying Swiss wine.

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