Some people have asked us, "are there wineries in Nevada?" They are usually surprised by our answer. Most people visit Nevada from out of state because they’re drawn to the bright lights and entertainment on offer in Las Vegas, but scratch a little beneath the surface and there’s so much more to this state. Nevada has some of the most stunning natural beauty spots to be found anywhere in the country, as well as some excellent wineries to tour and sample. Who knew?
Here are just some of the best wineries in Nevada that are within striking distance of the strip, so that if you ever find yourself in town you can quickly jump in the car and pay some vines a visit.
Vegas Valley Winery
For those who really don’t wish to venture too far away from their hotel comforts, the Vegas Valley Winery is the ideal place, running everything from group events and tastings to courses on how to ferment your very own barrel of wine.
However, this particular winery goes the extra mile to entertain, even hosting wine-infused speed dating nights and yoga sessions. Just don’t go trying a headstand after a few full-bodied reds or tangy whites.
Because of its proximity to the strip, don’t expect rows of vines stretching to the horizon here, but do expect a fun time and none of the pretension that usually surrounds wine making and tasting.
Pahrump Valley Winery
To get the true Nevada wine tasting experience it pays to head a little further afield, but seeing as Pahrump Valley Winery is only an hour away from the strip, it is hardly a challenge to get to. Moreover, these days it’s not like you’ll have to completely leave the strip behind anyway, with apps from CES, PokerStars, and ESL making sure the action is never far away, even as you kick back in wine country, shades on, sipping nature’s sweet nectar.
Pahrump Valley Winery was the first winery in the state to begin producing mass-market red wine, and they are very proud of having grown to such prominence so quickly. Many of their wines consistently win both national and international awards, meaning that despite the relaxed atmosphere they create, you can be sure you’re being catered for by masters of the craft who know exactly how to put on a great tasting session.
Sanders Family Winery
Pretty much next door to Pahrump is the Sanders Family Winery, a Tuscan style building that has been cultivating wine in the area for the best part of three decades.
Their tours and tasting sessions garner rave reviews all over the web, with many folks convinced to take home a haul of bottles at the end of the day.
If you want to tie the knot in Sin City, but wish to give some of the less salubrious venues in the city a miss, then the Sanders Family Winery also specializes in turning their vineyard into a dreamy wedding venue, giving perfect wedding photo opportunities among the vines and oak barrels.
Places to Further Refine Your Palate
Having done the tour of the surrounding wineries, it would be a shame not to make the most of the incredible wine bars that have been springing up all over Las Vegas in recent months.
The Local is one such new establishment, boasting a light and airy atmosphere and pairing fine wines from all over the world with exquisite cheese and meat boards.
Another one to try is Mordeo Boutique Wine Bar, which despite being on the pricey side, steers more towards Spanish flavors than other wine bars that tend to err towards French and Italian tipple.
Last but by no means least there’s the Garagiste Wine Room & Merchant, where two highly trained sommeliers called Eric and Mario go out of their way to ensure your wine drinking experience is one you will not forget for a long time. Here is a list of the other Las Vegas wine bars that are worth checking out.
Who said Nevada was all about the casinos and Grand Canyon? These wine tours will keep the keen and casual taster happy for weeks.