Nevada County Wineries - Friendly & Fun...
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Wine Country Experience

Nevada County wineries! Are you ready? Okay then... let’s go!

Let’s head up State Highway 49 into the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

We hear the wineries of Nevada County are fun and friendly. And they deliver a warm - genuine welcome.

It’ll be a treat... meeting and talking with the owners and winemakers... while we savor tasting some of their award-winning, handcrafted wines.

We can even ask about arranging a winery tour to escape the crowds!

Are you ready for a fresh new wine country experience?

Nevada County wine country

Just imagine... driving through beautiful country roads, taking in the fresh air and discovering fabulous wines!

The mountainous terrains offer a range of altitudes and climates.

Most wineries and vineyards nestle in around 2,000 feet; one’s up above the 6,000-foot elevation.

Of all the Nevada County wineries, the according to Sac Wine Region, the following list offers complimentary wine tastings, picnic areas and tours...

Now... even though the following Nevada County wineries claim to offer FREE complimentary tastings, picnic areas, and tours, it might be a good idea to call ahead and ask before going.

Afterall... things DO change.

Double Oak Vineyards & Winery

14510 Blind Shady Rd,
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 292-3235

info@doubleoakwinery.com
www.doubleoakwinery.com

This Nevada County winery known as Double Oak Vineyards & Winery is a family farm - practicing nature-friendly farming. Producing mountain-grown, handcrafted, fine wine.

Sitting on a beautiful Sierra ridge top, fifteen miles north of Nevada City, they welcome visitors for wine tasting, picnicking, tours, and more.

They’re opened Monday through Friday, and Sunday, by appointment all year long.
And they’re opened Saturday from 11am to 5pm during Mid-February through December.

We can even set up an appointment to visit them on a Saturday from January through Mid-February.

Winemaker, Robert Hilsman, says the varietals they offer include...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Dry Rosé
  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel

Anthony G of Rocklin CA says...

Double Oak makes some phenomenal wines at affordable prices. They could easily charge double for their product based on how they compare with other wineries in the area.

They are an example for what wine drinking should be--Simple, inexpensive and local with a complex and delicious taste.

Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery

19698 View Forever Ln,
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 273-1596

info@lucchesivineyards.com www.lucchesivineyards.com

This Nevada County Winery specializes in traditionally crafted wines produced in small lots to capture their varietal character and regional qualities. Grapes in their steeply terraced vineyards called - View Forever Vineyard - produce some of the finest wines found in the Foothills.

They’re opened Monday through Friday - 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday by appointment only

Winemaker, Kristen Vartan, says the varietals they offer include...

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Masque Red Blend
  • Merlot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris
  • Red Port
  • Rose
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Tempranillo
  • Zinfandel

Carlie D of Sacramento CA says...

Probably the best part of wine tasting (other than drinking for free) is getting to know the local's and the winery owners.

After stumbling across this place, (no, not literally) I was impressed by the red / white selection, and the customer service was fantastic!

Montoliva Vineyard & Winery

15629 Mt Olive Rd,
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 346-7359

mark@montoliva.com
www.montoliva.com

Montoliva Vineyard & Winery produces Tuscan-Inspired Luxury Wines.

This Nevada County winery is known as a true Garagiste, the estate home and winery are one-in-the-same.

Mark Henry, owner & winemaker, takes his cue from the esteemed wines of Montalcino, Tuscany. Long, slow fermentations using special Tuscan yeasts, extended macerations and barrel aging all play to the strengths of Sangiovese and Aglianico grapes.

We’re invited to walk through the vineyards, and fountains with them. Then go-ahead, and pick some herbs in the garden; and, of course, enjoy the winery.

They’re opened Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

Mark says the varietals they offer include...

  • Aglianico
  • Due Destra -Sangiovese/Aglianico Blend
  • Pinot Grigio - In A Rare Off-Dry Styling
  • Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris
  • Rosato -Sangiovese/Syrah Blend
  • Sangiovese
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Sinistra -Super Tuscan Blend
  • Syrah

Outside Inn of Nevada City CA says...

Mark Henry sure loves to talk about his old Italian style wines, so don't pop into the tasting room if you're in a hurry.

But he's passionate about what he does and if you're looking for a California grape twist on some fabulous Italian style wines then definitely check out what's on tap - Mark use to be a brewer!

Naggiar Vineyards

18125 Rosemary Ln,
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 268-9059

info@naggiarvineyards.com
www.naggiarvineyards.com

Sipping, singing and savoring... that’s this Nevada County winery family’s motto.

Dedicated to making a range of high-quality, boutique wines emphasizing Rhone, Bordeaux and Italian varietals.

Nestled in the Sierra Foothills with over 60 acres of planted vines; aiming to grow and produce the best hand crafted wines in small quantities.

They’re opened Monday through Thursday by appointment and...
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Winemaker, Derek Irwin, says the varietals they offer including...

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dry Rosé
  • Grenache
  • Malbec
  • Mourvedre
  • Petite Sirah
  • Red Blend Called Mistero
  • Reserve Syrah
  • Rose
  •  Sangiovese
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Viognier
  • White Blend Called Trois Demoiselles

Liz S of Auburn CA says...

We first visited this winery during the grand opening. It was great fun and decided to go back when it was not as crowded and hectic. This is a wonderful winery, with great wine and very nice people. Everyone makes you feel very comfortable.

We have enjoyed all of their wines. They make a wonderful Reserve Syrah and Syrah Port which my husband and I both love.

They have a beautiful patio area where you can sit outside, enjoy their wine and just relax.

We have been taking out family and other friends out and they have been enjoying themselves as well.

Nevada City Winery

321 Spring St,
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-9463

info@ncwinery.com
www.ncwinery.com

Nevada City Winery in Nevada City, CA

World Class Wines With A Local Flavor! More than a few small wineries have started in a garage, but this Nevada County winery may be the only winery to begin that way, move on to bigger and better quarters, and still be in a garage.

They’re opened Monday through Saturday 12 pm to 6 pm and on
Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm

Winemaker, Mark Foster, says the varietals they offer include...

  • Alpenglow
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Contour Proprietary Labels
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Petite Verdot
  • Petite Sirah
  • Rough And Ready Red
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Sonata
  • Tempranillo
  • Tempranillo Rose
  • Zinfandel

Nick C of Sacramento CA says...

WOO HOO!!! I am a big fan of NC Winery. Awesome wines, that you can find at local stores, or go directly to the source to buy at your heart's content. Never had a bad experience wine tasting here, always friendly.

Be nice, and if they like you, ask about the wine tour. They take you downstairs and show you the fermenters and where the wine is stored and talk through the process. I wish I could remember that guy's name who took us on our tour- he was awesome.

Go for their Cabernets and our whole extended family has fallen in love with their Gewurztraminer- nothing like that and peach cobbler in the summer. Goes very well with seafood also.

Pilot Peak Vineyard & Winery

12888 Spenceville Rd,
Penn Valley, CA 95946
(530) 432-3321

info@pilotpeak.com
www.pilotpeak.com

This Nevada County winery offers a very unique way to sample their wine tastings... it's called "Comparative Wine Tasting".

Greeting us with a glass of chilled wine, they ask about us - our preferences, and so on. They include a plate of "pairings" - appetizers - to enjoy, too.

They’re opened Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

Winemakers, Lynn Wilson and Monte Boydston, say the varietals they offer include...

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Peak A Boo 2006 Primozin
  • Petite Sirah
  • Pilot Peak 2008 Grenache Rose
  • Rhone Blends
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

Lauren S of Austin TX says...

Fun, relaxing and always a good time. Oh and did I mention the wine here is better than most places in Napa. There are no tasting fees either!

My favorites - Tempranillo, Viognier, and Late Harvest Syrah - for an after dinner drink.

Sierra Knolls Vineyard & Winery

19635 Kingswood Ct,
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 268-9225

sierraknolls@yahoo.com
www.sierraknollswinery.com

This Nevada County winery is a friendly tasting room where "It's all about love of wine, friends & fun!"

Sierra Knolls is a small family-owned and operated vineyard and winery; producing small lots of fine wine in a green-minded and solar powered enviroment.

Let’s bring a picnic lunch so we can enjoy sitting out on their patios or picnic areas with a magnificent view of the valley and coastal range, pond and vineyards.

Ahhh... imagine relaxing and chatting with the winemaker.

They’re opened Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

Winemaker, John Chase, says they offer varietals such as...

  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Dry Rosé
  • Estate Merlot,
  • Estate Zinfandel
  • Late Harvest Zinfandel Dessert Wine
  • Merlot
  • Rhone Blend
  • Rhone Blends
  • Sangiovese
  • Sangiovese Rose
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

Terre P of San Jose CA says...

This place was so far off the beaten path that they have signs encouraging you to continue on. But then once you get up there there is a great view and the area is just lovely.

The indoor tasting area is cozy, there is a shop area with hilarious t-shirts, lotions, jewelry, and wine paraphernalia.

There is a great are for picnicking and just sitting outside with a bottle of wine and enjoying the view and nature.

They had a HUGE list of wines they were pouring and we tried them all.

The Afternoon Delight and the Chardonnay were light and refreshing. I preferred the Chardonnay.

Sierra Starr Vineyard

124 West Main Street,
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 477-8282

sierrastarr@sbcglobal.net
www.sierrastarr.com

Known as Sierra Starr, this Nevada County winery is a family owned and operated winery.

We hear they grow their own grapes and do their own bottling.

Tours includes wine tasting, walking in the vineyard - talks about vineyard management - winery building and cave viewing. Imagine... enjoying the patio and terraced lawns, pond, stage, tasting room, and extensive views.

Their tasting room’s opened seven days a week from 12pm to 5pm in historic downtown Grass Valley.

Winemakers, Phil Starr and Jack Starr, say the varietals they offer include...

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Champagne
  • Chardonnay
  • Ice Wine
  • Merlot
  • Port
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Zinfandel

Kristy D of Sacramento CA says...

My friends and I visited this winery's tasting room today and we greeted by friendly and attentive staff members. Each recommended their favorite Zinfandels, and we were sold on the "Old Clone Zinfandel " Mmm...an affordable $16 price point.

There was another zin available to try, but it was not as tasty to us. It was called the "Phil's blend". Named after Phil--the head guy who grows the grapes and makes the wine. Oops. I didn't mean to knock your personal "blend". Oh well.

Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is a small family run operation. They have a Sirius Sipper Wine Club. Siriusly!! ha...

The tasting room was a nice stop on the "Foothills Celebration" food and wine festival we attended today.

Smith Vineyard

13719 Dog Bar Rd,
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 273-7032

christina@smithvineyard.com
www.smithvineyard.com

This Nevada County winery known as Smith Vineyard, produces hand crafted, small-lot estate wines. Their 10 acre vineyard is planted in premium varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Primitivo, Syrah and Chardonnay.

The winery - beginning operation in 1987 - is housed in a restored barn that dates back to the early 1900's; surrounded by a rich canopy of pines and heritage oaks.

They’re opened on Saturday from 1pm to 5pm

Winemaker, Gary Smith, says the varietals they offer include...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • White Merlot

Art P of Laguna Niguel CA says...

What a great place. Wonderful people and fantastic wine.

What more could you ask for. Gary and Christine run the most friendly winery in town.

Try the 2008 Primativo - spicy, black pepper,complexity, a real treat.

On Saturdays they have live music to go along with great wine tasting.

Solune Winegrowers

16303 Jewett Ln,
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 271-0990

taste@solunewinery.com
www.solunewinery.com

This Nevada County winery’s mission is to provide distinctive wines with intensity, complexity, balance and varietals clarity.

So... whether we’re just starting our historic admiration with wine or have fallen for its many charms, Solune gives us many compelling reasons to continue indulging our fancy in a cordial, friendly ambiance.

They’re opened Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

Winemaker, Jacques Mercier, says the varietals they offer include...

  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Fleur De Lune - Gewurz/Muscat Blend
  • Petite Sirah 
  • Port
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Tempranillo
  • Titan Red Blends
  • Zinfandel

Outside Inn of Nevada City CA says...

If you get a chance to stop at the winery's tasting room it's worth the visit, the staff is passionate about what they do and would love to share their in depth knowledge with you. Sample some award winning wine and then sit outside under the umbrella and enjoy the beautiful setting.


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