A winery is probably the last thing that would come to mind when you mention the Mojave Desert. But, this challenge is something that the people of Pahrump Valley is ready to take on. For them, the vast lands of the desert is a perfect place to start a vineyard. And since 1990, the Pahrump Valley Winery has been producing nothing but brilliance.
About Pahrump Valley Winery
The beginning of Pahrump Valley Winery’s existence is a long and storied one, with its location being one of the significant challenges they had to endure. Located at the heart of the Mojave Desert, where the land is perceived as barren, the company did not let this stop them from realizing their dream. Today, the company harvested more than 10 acres of Nevada grapevines from multiple vineyards, producing as much as 30 tons of grapes to create 2,300 cases of best tasting Nevada wines and bagging tons of awards including 2 Double Golds, 18 Golds, 51 Silvers, and 29 Bronzes.
Nestled at the winery, the Estate Vineyards consists of Syrah and Zinfandel, with the latter being the oldest running commercial red grape vineyard. The first 100 cases of Zinfandel produced in 2008 immediately won seven National Wine Awards, including one gold. In 2009, the vineyard expanded to add Syrah and Zinfandel to the original vines. The first produced Syrah also featured rich, juicy flavors that allowed it to bag a gold medal at the Tasters Guild International wine competition.
Aside from the Pahrump Valley, the company has other vineyards in Nevada, including Nelson Vineyard (Amargosa Valley), Veronica’s Vineyard (Crystal Heights), School Lane Vineyards (Amargosa), and Queensland Vineyard (Dyer).
Some of the notable awards received by the Pahrump Valley Winery wines are:
- 2010 Primitivo, Nevada’s 1st, / 2 DOUBLE GOLD, 1 GOLD, 1 SILVER medal
- 2010 Tempranillo, Nevada’s 1st, / 1 GOLD, 3 SILVER, 1 BRONZE medal
- 2011 Silver State Red / 1 GOLD, 4 SILVER, 1 BRONZE medal
- 2010 Zinfandel / 2 SILVER, 1 BRONZE medal
- 2010 Cinsaut Rose / SILVER Sold Out
- 2011 Barbera / Nevada’s 1st, / 1 GOLD
- 2011 Syrah, / Nevada’s 1st / 1 GOLD
Some of the other “first-ever” commercial Nevada wines include:
- 2005 Zinfandel ( 7 national wine awards including Gold & Silver ) / sold out
- 2008 Merlot / Sold Out
- 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon / Sold Out
- 2008 Frontenac / Nevada’s 1st ever inter-specific wine / SILVER Medal
- 2010 Cinsaut / Sold Out
- 2011 Syrah / Sold Out
Some of the grape varieties offered in the winery include:
- Sauvignon Blanc
The winery produces dry red wines, dry white wines, off-dry wines, sweet white wines, and sweet wines.
Activities at the Winery
The Pahrump Valley Winery is more than just a winery filled with vineyards. While it may be far from being a Napa Valley, it has other offerings for its guests. Some of them are:
Wining and dining is a perfect activity that you can enjoy when you visit the winery. The restaurant serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, where you can “dine by the vines.” This posh restaurant is perfect for a date night with its white linen restaurant where guests can enjoy a lavish meal.
The Pahrump Valley Winery also offers its vineyards as the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding venue. The winery has partnerships with various suppliers to make your wedding preparations hassle-free.
The winery will soon launch a wine club where patrons can benefit from discounts, member’s only events, special wine tasting, and first dibs on new wine releases.
The winery also hosts wine tasting events as a complementary activity for their guests. They typically allow guests to taste up to 20 different red and white wines.
If you want to tour the vineyard, Pahrump Valley Winery offers free daily tours of their grounds at three different times (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.). In these tours, guests can learn how the winery was able to successfully grow delicious wines at the heart of the desert and winemaking. Each tour lasts for about 20 minutes.
Know Before You Go
If dining at the Symphony Restaurant, call first and make reservations. Please dress appropriately. Wearing flipflops, tank tops, and shorts are discouraged from giving respect to other diners. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Dinner starts from 5:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Pahrump Valley Winery
Address: 3810 Winery Road, Pahrump NV 89048
Phone: 775-751-7800 / 800-368-9463
E-mail: [email protected]
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