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.
–163 Mill st., Grass Valley, Ca • 530-274-9911 • Map It
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
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