151 Union Square is home to four of Nevada County’s finest wineries. Set in an historic gold rush building you can relax, enjoy the ambiance and taste some of the finest wines the the foothills has to offer from the following wineries:eating
151 Mill St., Grass Valley, Ca • 530-205-9513 • Map It
Avanguardia Wines blends over twenty Italian, Russian, French and University of California created crosses from its estate vineyards to craft unique and prize winning wines. Many of the grape varieties have been imported by the University especially for us and are available nowhere else, outside of Europe.
Specializing in premium blends from rare and unusual grape varieties, we rely on the tradition of selecting grapes for their synergy of flavors and tastes while using creative selections in our blending. From the crisp, racy minerality of our dry white blend, Selvatico, with grapes from the far north of Italy and the southern island of Ischia, to the generous depth of Ampio, our dry red blend of Refosco and Carmine, our wines are designed to complement fine cuisine and provide new and unique tastes for your wine drinking pleasure. Try the range of our seven proprietary blends and you taste why we are on the cutting edge of the blending craft.
Visit our historic tasting room. The “Quick Building” was built in 1846. It is one of the oldest buildings in Grass Valley. It’s built of brick with horsehair plaster walls. The solid iron back door and the courtyard windows with iron shutters helped slow the spread of dreaded fire. We keep up the heritage of the historic building by furnishing the tasting room with antiques from Rob’s family, including great-aunt June’s secretary, Grampa Balcom’s desk, Uncle Heydie’s American Indian carpet and other family antiques.
–209 W. Main St., Grass Valley, Ca • 530-274-9911 • Map It
Just a few short decades ago when I was a teenager (please don’t call the cops), I was given a glass of BV Pinot Chardonnay . Then around the same time I had some BV Georges LaTour Cab. Wholly crap! this stuff was much better than the apple zapple or strawberry road that we were drinking in those days.
While in my late twenties and early thirties, many were the times that my father-in law and I would sit drinking wine on a deck (any deck) and look out over a hill or open space (didn’t matter where it was), and talk about how great it would be to plant a vineyard there or make wine there. Well, eventually I figured out that all we were going to do was talk about it.
Sooo… In my late thirties I began making wine. Yep, bought a book from UC Davis. I barely understood it. I Bought a wine making kit too. Pretty crappy, BUT it solidified the notion that we were going to proceed down this road. Judy and I had the passion, the love, the desire and blind stupidity to work toward the day when we would have our own winery.
Judy jumped in enthusiastically. Literally and figuratively. She looked at me kinda funny when I said “jump in this vat of grapes and start stomping”. She is the consummate assistant wine maker, able to do all operations required to make fine wine. Including drive the forklift! It is a team effort, and we would not want to do it with anyone else.
I began taking classes at UC Davis. Since we were already seasoned wine tasting efficianados visiting countless tasting rooms, we continued to ask questions, look around, pay attention and were probably annoying. We learned it and loved it. Our wines kept getting better. A few years later, we sent a bottle of Cab Franc to the Amador county wine competition. We soon forgot about it until a month or so later Judy was out at the mail box cackling (as only she can). I asked what was so funny. She said we won an award! Since then we have received numerous wine making awards. We knew we were still on the right path.
Come visit us at the winery (where all the magic happens!) or at the tasting room in Downtown Grass Valley where we consume all the magic!
163 Mill Street Grass Valley, CA 95945 Map It | 530-559-9533
Coufos Cellars is making a niche for itself by producing fine Rhone style wines such as Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Viognier. Other lesser known Rhones include; Marsanne, Roussanne, Mourvedre and Cinsault, and Grenache.
Each year new and exciting Rhone blends are created. Ask about “Buffo Blanc” the “white donkey of the foothills” made from a blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne. Another favorite is “Gatti Rouge” the “red cat” captures the best of the red Rhones a blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsaut, with a splash of Viognier! As a boutique winery, we make small lots of wine that are carefully blended to produce memorable experiences.
Double Oak fine wines display the intensity of mountain grown fruit, full-bodied yet well balanced and complex. Our wines complement any occasion for fine wine. They are a food that creates a synergy with other foods and promotes conviviality. Double Oak wines are accessible when first released, and their well-structured tannins allow them to bottle age with grace and finesse. Our red wines have been barrel aged for a minimum of eighteen months and bottle aged for six months before release, making them the ultimate slow food.
The high quality of Double Oak wine stems from many elements, including location (terroir) and our sustainable wine farming and winemaking practices. We have been growing wine grapes since 1982 on nine acres of mountain vineyards. With the maturing of our vineyards, the vines have deepened their roots and gained more complex flavors. We believe it’s all about balance and harmony with nature. The song of the birds and the flight of the dragonfly inspire us as we grow our grapes and make our wine. Double Oak is dedicated to sustainable and nature-friendly practices from the vineyard to the winery.
Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery specializes in traditionally crafted wines produced in small lots to capture their varietal character and regional qualities. Grapes in our steeply terraced vineyards produce some of the finest wines found in the Foothills.
Our love of the land is reflected in each bottle of our wine. Great care was taken in selecting the grape varieties and clones which were best suited for our Sites Series soils and mountain climate. Our southwest exposure maximizes the suns’ rays, perfectly ripening the grapes with concentrated flavors, color and texture. We welcome you to Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery and hope you enjoy our collection of great California wines as much as we love making them.
–128 Mill St., Grass Valley, Ca • 530-274-2164 • Map It
Some of the original settlers of Chicago Park were first-generation Italian-Americans from Chicago, Illinois. The orchards and vineyards of Chicago Park bear witness to their quest to start a community in the untamed West that mirrored their homeland. Their spirit lives on at Montoliva Vineyard & Winery. Founded in 2000, Montoliva Vineyard & Winery creates Tuscan-inspired wines of uncommon depth and character.
Mark Henry is the owner, vineyardist and winemaker. Julianne Henry’s official title is “Wine Muse”, a designation that belies her efforts at keeping things under control. Together, they welcome the opportunity to walk you through the vineyards, fountains, “go-ahead, pick some” herb garden and, of course, the winery.
Our family is dedicated to making a range of high-quality, boutique wines emphasizing Rhone, Bordeaux and Italian varietals. Nestled in the Sierra Foothills with over 60 acres of planted vines we aim to grow and produce the best hand crafted wines in small quantities.
With over 15 wines to choose from you are certain to find something that will meet your palate’s approval. Our wines have been garnered with numerous medals and recognition and our winery was nominated, from over 100’s of wineries in the area, as Sacramento’s Best Winery for 2010
Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is a small family run operation. Phil is the head honcho around here as he does just about everything. Everything includes growing the grapes as well as making the wine and all things associated with these endeavors. Anne operates the tasting room in downtown Grass Valley and runs the Sirius Sipper Wine Club. Jack, joining the family business in December of 2005, is the Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker. He also fills in where needed assisting both his mother and father in day to day operations.
Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery has a tasting room located at 124 West Main Street in the little metropolis of Grass Valley, CA. We are open daily from noon to five.
In the year since Sierra Starr pioneered the way with the first tasting room in Grass Valley, three more wineries have opened tasting locations in town, making Grass Valley a great wine tasting destination. Located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills between Sacramento and Reno, Grass Valley and neighboring Nevada City began during the gold rush era and still maintains much of the historic charm from that time. Both cities have historic downtown areas which showcase beautiful Victorian architecture and are quite hospitable to both the locals and tourists. Shopping and dining are a treat here. The small town atmosphere lends itself to enjoyable days spent in the foothills.
–124 W. Main St., Grass Valley, Ca • 530-477-8282 • Map It
As Smith Vineyard’s second generation, Gary and Christina Smith continue the fine art of winemaking and vineyard tending that Gary’s father began with his three sons. Now with three sons of their own, the Smith’s handcraft small lots of classic varietals.
The old traditions of fine drink are being preserved in the 21st Century by Gary and Chris Smith. The new wine tasting room, located in Historic Downtown Grass Valley, has a known and unknown history, but was once known by locals as Bunce’s Bar. The Smiths completed the renovation of the Mill Street building in April, 2010 and were featured in the December 2010 issue of Sunset Magazine by Sara Schneider.
Our tasting room is casually elegant with a touch of the past. Small enough for that cozy glass of wine with a friend, but large enough for a group to taste our wines at the tasting bar. In the heart of Downtown Grass Valley, you can stop in while shopping for a relaxing break, or taste before you head to dinner. Our tasting room walls are adorned with local artists work that strike up the imagination and conversation while our looping slideshow of our photographs can entertain for hours.
–142 Mill St., Grass Valley, Ca • 530-273-7032 • Map It