Pahrump Valley Winery
Pahrump Valley Winery
3810 Winery Rd
Phone: (775) 751-7800
Contact: Gretchen Loken
The Pahrump Valley Winery opened in 1990 and the first vines were planted shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, wild horses thought these young vines were dinner and they fell victim to this herd. The vines were lost only to be replanted a couple of years later, this time with a fence!
In the fall of 2002, we discovered the winery and felt it could have a bright future. The winery suffered from serious neglect and very little wine was actually made here. In January 2003 we took control of the ailing winery and began the long and very much needed process of completely upgrading and renovating the entire property. We installed a brand new, fully functional wine production cellar including new stainless steel fermentation tanks, bottling line, grape crushing and pressing equipment, refrigeration and cooling system, new oak barrel room for aging wine, all new tasting room and expansion, guest lounge, substantial new vineyard plantings and upgraded the landscaped grounds. This complete and total renovation of the winery also included a new state of the art kitchen and complete remodel for our restaurant, Symphony's.
Fast forward to 2005 when we harvested the first one and a half tons of Zinfandel grapes from our estate vineyard. This resulted in the 2008 release of Nevada's first ever commercial red wine, our 2005 Zinfandel. The wine was a medium bodied red wine with hints of cherry and cola. What is more surprising is that Nevada's first red wine won "Gold" at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, making it Nevada's first Gold for a home grown wine. We also released the state's first commercial "inter-specific" or hybrid wine in 2009, our award-winning 2008 Frontenac from Yerington. Now we like to say, we are "Bringing Gold to the Silver State".
We have been working for nearly a decade with various start up growers to help shape Nevada's grape growing industry. Not surprisingly, this has been meet with many challenges and the results have been mixed at times. However, we are now making great strides with several Nevada vineyards located in Pahrump Valley, Armargosa, Crystal Heights and Yerington. We harvest from over 13 acres of Nevada grapevines spread over 4 vineyards. We estimate our Nevada grown harvest for 2012 to exceed 35 tons of grapes. There are currently another 25 acres of plantings in the planning stages.
Winemaker: Bill Loken
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