Experience wine tasting the way it was meant to be – along country roads around and through the quaint foothill towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Nevada County is the premier grape growing region of the Sierra Nevada. In the summer, warm days and cool nights provide ideal growing conditions—producing grapes with ripe, concentrated flavors and balanced natural acidity. In the winter, cold and sometimes-snowy weather allows vines to go dormant, rest, and conserve energy for the coming season. Nevada County’s four distinct seasons, and its range of elevations and landscapes, makes it a fertile home for more than 45 varieties of wine grapes. Vineyards are planted at elevations as low as 1,300 feet all the way up to 2,600. The region boasts more than 60 miles of terrain between vineyards and as a result, the grapes display a diverse array of varietal characteristics. For more information about Nevada County’s acclaimed wineries, click here. Gold Miners Inn partners with Naggiar Winery at our Thursday evening Wine and Dine event. We pair the finest of Naggiar’s 18 varietals with dishes from five local restaurants. The event is fun and free for Gold Miners Inn guests! The winery offers traditional Rhone, Bordeaux and Italian wines, whose quality comes from selecting varietals that flourish in Naggiar’s southern Nevada County location. At a stunningly picturesque estate, the Naggiar family operates a 3,500-square-foot Tuscan-inspired tasting room. Complimentary wine tasting featuring a wide range of Naggiar wines is offered Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 PM. As more guests arrive to enjoy free music on Friday and Saturday evenings, wine selections become more limited but tasting continues until 9 PM. Mid-week tastings are by appointment only. Once a month, concert bands take Naggiar’s lakeside stage. Ticket prices and start times vary for each event (18125 Rosemary Lane, Grass Valley, 530-268-9059). Downtown Grass Valley is home to four wine tasting rooms, all within walking distance of the Gold Miners Inn:
The Avanguardia Tasting Room, 209 West Main Street (530-274-9911), features delicious premium blends with a European flair. Its proprietors teamed with UC Davis to import from Europe varietals that now flourish at the winery just north of Grass Valley. The Avanguardia tasting room in downtown Grass Valley is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 PM. It is housed in a building erected in 1846 with bricks and horsehair plaster walls. The winery is open weekends from noon to 5 PM and by appointment (13028 Jones Bar Road, Nevada City, 530-274-9482). With wines more like one would find in Europe than in California, Avanguardia’s motto is: “Dare to be different and try us out – you won’t be disappointed!”
The Smith Vineyard Tasting Room graces an historic building at 142 Mill Street (530-273-7032), where the brick walls are adorned with work by local artists. The casual but trendy tasting room is small enough for a cozy glass of wine with a friend, but large enough for a festive group at the tasting bar. Tasting room hours are weekdays from noon to 6 PM (closed Tuesdays), Saturdays from noon to 7 PM, and Sundays from 1 to 5 PM. Live music is offered on Saturdays from 4 to closing. The winery is not open to the public.
Lucchesi Vineyards and Winery showcases its quality wines at its tasting room at 128 Mill Street (530-615-4222). Sunday through Thursday, the tasting room is open from 11 AM until 6 PM. Brimming with excitement and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, the tasting room remains open until 9 PM. The Lucchesi Vineyard and Winery is open by appointment (19698 View Forever Lane, Grass Valley, 530-273-1596).
Sierra Starr Vineyard boasts “Fine Wine, Fun People, & Starr Quality!” Located at 124 West Main Street (530-477-8282), Sierra Starr pioneered the way by establishing the first tasting room in downtown Grass Valley. Serving its wines of distinction, the Sierra Starr tasting room is open from noon to 5 PM daily. The vineyard and winery is open by appointment only (11179 Gibson Drive, Grass Valley, 530-477-8277).