Wineries in the Desert? Really?
You bet! Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. Not only is Pahrump the home of two wineries, but they are both award winning and located in stunning venues. They both grow their own grapes as well as use grapes from other vineyards. They are both about an hour drive from the Las Vegas strip. Whether you live here or are just visiting, be sure to put these two gems on your to-do list when you’re in Pahrump, NV.
Pahrump Valley Winery
3810 Winery Road, Pahrump, NV 89048
Directions: Go East off of NV State Route 160 on Winery Road. Pahrump Valley Winery is less than one mile on your left.
Wine Tasting from 10:30-5:00 daily; Restaurant hours: Lunch 11:30-3:00, Dinner 5:00 to closing
Bill and Gretchen Loken, the current owners of Pahrump Valley winery, discovered it in the fall of 2002 and purchased it in January of 2003. After some renovations and expansion of the grape processing equipment, they harvested their first crop in 2005. This was the first ever commercial red wine produced in Nevada. It is their 2005 Zinfandel which won Gold at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, another first for Nevada for a homegrown wine. Since then, they have won numerous awards.
Pahrump Valley Winery is also the location of an “upscale casual” restaurant called Symphony’s. Their idea is to offer fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu is diverse, the food is great, and the setting is picturesque. Symphony’s has been selected as “best restaurant” by Nevada Magazine for two years (2015 and 2016) and rated as the top restaurant in Pahrump by Trip Advisor for the last five years.
You can also enjoy browsing through their extensive wine shop where you can taste and buy their wine in addition to a variety of wine related products. Plenty of keepsakes are available for purchase from your visit to the Valley.
Every fall during harvest time, they hold a grape stomping contest where the public is invited to get their feet stained and participate in a fun community event. Of course, wine tasting is a part of it along with music, food, beer, and deals on wine purchases.
The winery and the surrounding grounds are ideal for weddings, picnics, and other family fun activities. For you RVers, Wine Ridge RV Resort and Cottages is located right next door where you can relax after a tour of the winery, an afternoon of wine tasting, and a delightful dinner.
Sanders Family Winery
3780 E Kellogg Road, Pahrump, NV 89061
Directions: Turn West off of NV State Route 160 on Caas Road then turn right onto Kellogg Road, Sanders Family Winery is about 1.5 miles on the right
Wine tasting 7 days a week from 10:00 to 5:00; Events: Check for schedule on their website
The Sanders family has been growing grapes in the Pahrump Valley for three decades and going strong. Jack Sanders was the first to establish a modern winery in the Pahrump area. Their current Winery is located south of Pahrump and offers beautiful mountain views all around. The building itself is a renaissance period Italian Tuscan Villa with a large Amphitheater as the entrance.
This courtyard, named the Betsie Sanders Performing Arts Theater, is significant because, in addition to producing fine, award winning wine, they bring talent in on weekends during the summer to perform. They feature local artists as well as bring groups over from Las Vegas. Celebrity impersonators from Tina Turner to Reba McEntire to the Blues Brothers to Cher sing, dance, and keep the crowd engaged while they enjoy their picnic dinner and share a bottle of Sanders Wine with friends and family. Other events offered during the comfortable summer evenings include concerts, plays, and festivals. The schedule for these events can be found on their website. The theater can also be reserved for weddings and private parties.
The driveway leading to the winery is lined with Italian Cypress trees with a vineyard on each side helping to grasp the feeling of visiting Italy. They even have the statue of “The Wine Pourer” welcoming visitors at the entry gates.
Their wine is handcrafted and blended for the perfect balance. They offer a variety of wines which you can taste in their unique tasting room. Their wine tours are special, enlightening, and enjoyable. You can finish your tour with a delightful shopping spree and leave with fun memories by purchasing wine and other wine accessories from their gift shop.
It may not be Napa Valley but…you will enjoy the Pahrump wine experience just as much. These two wineries rival any other with their attention to detail and their years of developing the skill, understanding, and persistence it takes to master the art of making wine. Treat yourself and go winery hopping to taste these premium wines for yourself and enjoy the uniqueness of wineries in the desert.