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Nevada Winery Wine Tasting Symphony Grape

The drive out to Pahrump Valley Winery from Las Vegas is just about an hour in duration and wanders thru scrub desert before crossing the Spring Valley Mountains. On this triple digit August day, traffic was scarce, and as Highway 160 seemed to stretch to the horizon, thoughts of pioneers in covered wagons invaded my senses. How did the pioneers do this in a covered wagon? But that’s a story for another day. The promise of a wine tasting in the desert was bound to be a distinctive experience.

How many of us have dreamed of owning our very own vineyard, leisurely strolling among the grapes, dressed in a flowing chiffon gown and wearing a large straw hat that would make Holly Golightly proud? Pahrump Valley Winery fits that fantasy.

Established in 1990, it is Nevada’s oldest, largest and only winery. The winery itself is a distinguishing Mission-style structure with a bright blue roof on the slope below Mount Charleston. The winery grounds include several petite waterfalls, white benches and wagons, but there are minimal actual grapevines, other than a few for show. Grapevines once covered much of the grounds, but as the two-year-old vines were about to deliver their first crop, they were eaten by wild horses.

California growers supply the grapes for the prize winning reds (exceptional cabernet sauvignon and merlot) and whites made with the Symphony grape. While you are there, try the Symphony wine. It is a sweet white with a fruity texture. Enchanting as well as refreshing..

The tasting room, gift shop and tour all reflect the highest traditions of the contemporary wine culture, including complimentary wine tasting.

The gourmet restaurant on premises, Symphony’s, offers a Continental menu in an atmosphere of quiet elegance. The circular room overlooks the gardens, as does the al fresco dining on the veranda.

This one day trip outside the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas is well worth the time, whether you happen to be a wine aficionado or a novice.

THE GRAPE STOMP, held each year in October, has been a tradition at the Winery for nearly two decades. Two person teams compete against each other to crush the greatest amount of juice. It takes place in a half barrel and points are awarded for the most juiced in 2 minutes. There’s lots of great music, great wine and hand held food outside.

IF YOU GO:

Pahrump Valley Winery

3810 Winery Road

Pahrump, NV 89048

(800)368-9463

www.PahrumpWinery.com

Open 10:30am for Wine Tasting

Symphony’s Restaurant Open Daily
Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner hours 5:00 p.m. to Closing, Wed through Sun

(Closed Mon and Tues nights)

Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner hours 5:00 p.m. to Closing, Wed through Sun