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Nevada County, California Wineries

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Wineries, Wines and Wine Tasting in
Truckee, Grass Valley, Nevada City


Escape to Nevada County where the air is clean, the sky is blue, the forest is always just a five minute walk away, and the tasting of hand-crafted, mountain grown wines is the perfect excuse to leave the city behind...if only for a weekend.

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Avanguardia makes only the finest blended wines from unique and exotic Italian varietals which they have acquired over the years and planted in their vineyard near Nevada City. Only estate grown fruit from their over twenty varieties are used for the blending process. Their all-Italian white, Selvatico, features the Northeastern Italian indigenous vine Tocai Friulano supported by their special selections, Peverella and Forastera. Blends based on Barbera, Sangiovese, and the true French Gamay Noir are among the excellent reds they offer. Avanguardia is on the cutting-edge of this time-honored craft of blending—Avanguardia means avant-garde in Italian. Tours and retail sales by appointment only.
– 13028 Jones Bar Road • Nevada City, CA
Winery: 530-274.9482
The Smith Vineyard is located on 11 acres in the Sierra Foothills town of Grass Valley, California at an elevation of 2500 feet. The vineyards are planted with premium varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay producing hand-crafted, small-lot estate wines. Dr. Wayne Smith fulfilled his desire to farm when he planted the first vineyard block in 1980 and his dedication to organic farming soon followed. The winery began operation in 1987 and is housed in a restored barn that dates back to the early 1900's. Today Wayne's grandsons, the third generation of Smiths, work alongside their parents Gary and Chris in the operation of the Vineyard and Winery.
–13577 Dog Bar Road • Grass Valley, CA
Winery: 530.273.7032
Located on a former 20 acre dairy farm in the historic town of Rough & Ready, the gently rolling hills are now lined with vineyards and the old dairy structures are being converted into new wine-making facilities. Specializing in Rhone style wines, Coufos Cellars showcases wine varietals and blends crafted from estate and locally grown grapes. Their wines are prepared in small lots and are carefully blended to produce unforgettable tasting experiences. The vineyards are farmed using time-tested organic principles. Owners Janet Wheeling and Henry Coufos would love to welcome you to their ever-developing new winery.
–10065 Rough & Ready Road • Rough & Ready, CA
Winery: 530-274-2923
Double Oak produces mountain-grown wines, handcrafted to perfection. The mature vineyards of Double Oak (originating in 1982) are indeed an expression of our wonderful Sierra Foothill region. Double Oak wines are full-bodied, well-balanced yet still complex, exhibiting the strength of mountain grown fruit. This family-run farm and artisan winery produces limited production, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Chardonnay. They are located 15 miles north of Nevada City atop a beautiful Sierra ridge at an elevation of 2500 feet. Visitors are welcome for wine tasting, picnicking, vineyard and winery tours as well as retail sales.
Open Saturdays, 11 to 5 and by appointment.
–14510 Blind Shady Road • Nevada City, CA
Winery: 530.292.3235
At Indian Springs Vineyards, you can experience the full-bodied varietal character and superiority of mountain-grown wines produced from their 227 acre estate vineyard. Their tasting room in historic downtown Nevada City has also become a favorite destination for locals and out-of-town visitors alike.
Open daily 11am to 5pm.
–303 Broad Street • Nevada City. CA
Tasting Room: 530.478.1068
Russ Jones brings the Pisoni clone Pinot Noir grapes from Garys' vineyard up to Truckee to make a Pinot that is rich with berry accents flavors of cola, floral undertones and a hint of spice. The palate of this wine is highly structured with fine grape and oak tannin, flavors of cherry and cloves carry through into the lengthy finish. Since Truckee River Winery is colder and higher than any other winery, the prefermentation cold soak and naturally cool fermentation really tends to showcase the exceptional fruit of the pisoni clone. The result is a very well balanced and smooth wine with excellent mid pallet flavors and the ever present "pisoni backbone".
–10061 South River St. • Truckee, CA
Winery: (530) 587-4626
Chicago Park was originally settled by first-generation Italian-Americans that immigrated here from Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Park and the vineyards therein bear witness to their desire to create a community in the unsettled west that in many ways reflected their homeland. Their indomitable spirit lives on at Montoliva Vineyard & Winery. Founded in 2000, Montoliva Vineyard & Winery produces Tuscan-inspired wines of exceptional depth and character. Wines include Sinistra (a "Super Tuscan" blend), Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Aglianico and Syrah. These distinctive wines are available starting in the Summer 2007.
–15629 Mount Olive Road • Chicago Park, CA
Winery: 530-346-6577
Producing delectable small-lot handcrafted wines from grapes grown on their sixty-three acre family estate vineyards, Naggiar Vineyards has quickly gained a reputation for excellent wines. Among wines bottled are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah, Viognier, Mistero (a superb red blend), and a dry Rose. Plan your visit to Naggiar Vineyards by making arrangements for a family-style guided tour and wine-tasting experience you’ll long remember. We look forward to your visit so call us soon to set up an appointment.
–18125 Rosemary Lane • Grass Valley, CA
Winery: 530.268.9059
Celebrating 27 years of award-winning winemaking, Nevada City Winery is a full-production winery located in the heart of historic downtown Nevada City, the crown jewel of California’s Gold Country. Winemaker Mark Foster has continued the tradition of producing flavorful, full-bodied, award-winning wines. Nevada City Winery has earned hundreds of awards over the years including “Best of Varietal” for Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon for the Sierra Foothills region at the California State Fair.
Tours Saturdays at 11:30.
–321 Spring Street • Nevada City, CA
Tasting Room: 530.265.9463 / 800.203.9463
Pilot Peak Vineyard & Winery is a place created for good friends and family with the goal to enjoy each and every day like it was your last. COME sit under a canopy of trees and gaze at the beautifully landscaped terraces against the Northern Sierra Foothills as you picnic and sip their wonderfully delicious wine. ENJOY the understated elegance of a tasting room that exudes a rustic cabin-like feel with a Mediterranean influence. TASTE the Pilot Peak wines and share the common bond of good times and new friends.
– 12888 Spenceville Road • Penn Valley, CA
Winery: 530.432.3321
In the rolling Sierra Foothills just south of Grass Valley near Lake of the Pines, is Sierra Knolls Vineyards. Here you’ll find an intimate setting where small-lot, mountain grown wines are handcrafted to perfection. Wines include Estate Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Viognier, and Rousanne. Visit Sierra Knolls Vineyard for a special barrel taste in their cave. Open most weekends 11:00 – 5:00pm. Call to be sure. Weekdays by appointment.
–19635 Kingswood Court • Grass Valley, CA
Winery - 530.268.9225

Take Fine Wines, Fun People and Starr Quality and you’ll get Sierra Starr Vineyards. Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is a small family run operation located in historic Grass Valley. Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery produces 1500 cases per year of handcrafted Wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and others. Wine tasting room is open daily 12:00 to 5:00 and Friday evenings during summer. Closed Tuesdays. Vineyard/Winery Group Tours by appointment.
–209 West Main Street • Grass Valley, CA
Tasting Room - 530.477.8282
The Solune Vineyard will eventually consist of 10 planted acres of fruit and is located at an altitude of 2,600 ft and has a wonderful view of some higher Sierra summits. It is surrounded by a striking collection of tall pines and cedars as well as some black oak. Solune Winegrowers mission is to create wines with balance, intensity and varietal clarity. They produce limited quantities of: Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Barbera, Sauvignon Blanc, Cinq Etoiles (5-variety Bordeaux blend), Fleur de Lune (Muscat/Gewurztraminer blend), Titan (intense red table blend) and Port. Complimentary Wine Tasting every Sat/Sun. Hours are 12-6 May thru Oct. & 12-5 Nov. thru Apr. Call or see website for weekday hrs, current releases & events. Winery/vineyard tours & picnic area.
–16303 Jewett Lane • Grass Valley, CA
Winery: 530-271-0990