The Nevada Appellation published by Appellation America (http://wine.appellationamerica.com/) will shortly need an update. Since its last update there are more people growing commercial grapes and more winery’s in the State and Federal hoop dance to get on the books. Shortly the list of 3 (one now defunct) will double; at least two new winery’s have business license requests before the City of Reno, and others are getting ready to tackle the process. With the passing of Assembly Bill 4 in 2015 and Washoe Bill 1586 in 2016 Northwest Nevada will shortly be the center of Nevada wine production, both in the number of producers and volume produced. Clark County with its huge tourist traffic can also expect local entrepreneurs to jump in looking to take tourist dollars that are now going to the first Nevada winery in Pahrump. Exciting times are soon to come. When the new Winery’s get on the books and unlock their doors we’ll feature them here first.
V.vinefera viticulture appeared in Nevada in 1991 with plantings in both the North (Minden) and South (Pahrump Valley). Being an Intermountain West state, cold hardiness is always a risk, as are some of the natural soils tendency to be high in elements such as Boron. By 2001 an experimental vineyard was developed in Fallon at the Frey Ranch, where solutions to Boron were developed. Today Northwestern Nevada and Pahrump Valley in the south have been successful in supporting emerging, yet small, wine regions. Plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Menuire, Semillon,Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir have shown their ability to grow and produce ripe fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon and Symphony are also doing well in the south. The future is held by the adventurous and dedicated and reflects the calculated risk taken in the better known industry of this state.