Gold Country Wineries, Breweries and Tap Houses

Nevada County is the premier grape growing region of the Sierra Nevada. In the summer, warm days and cool nights provide ideal growing conditions—producing grapes with ripe, concentrated flavors and balanced natural acidity. In the winter, cold and sometimes-snowy weather allows vines to go dormant, rest, and conserve energy for the coming season. Nevada County’s four distinct seasons, and its range of elevations and landscapes, makes it a fertile home for more than 45 varieties of wine grapes. Vineyards are planted at elevations as low as 1,300 feet all the way up to 2,600. The region boasts more than 60 miles of terrain between vineyards and as a result, the grapes display a diverse array of varietal characteristics.

For information, directions to and operating hours of Nevada County’s acclaimed wineries, click here.

In Town Tasting Rooms

Avanguardia Tasting Room

The Avanguardia Tasting Room, 209 West Main Street (530-274-9911), features delicious premium blends with a European flair. Its proprietors teamed with UC Davis to import from Europe varietals that now flourish at the winery just north of Grass Valley. The Avanguardia tasting room in downtown Grass Valley is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 PM. It is housed in a building erected in 1846 with bricks and horsehair plaster walls. The winery is open weekends from noon to 5 PM and by appointment (13028 Jones Bar Road, Nevada City, 530-274-9482). With wines more like one would find in Europe than in California, Avanguardia’s motto is: “Dare to be different and try us out – you won’t be disappointed!”

Smith Vineyard Tasting Room

The Avanguardia Tasting Room, 209 West Main Street (530-274-9911), features delicious premium blends with a European flair. Its proprietors teamed with UC Davis to import from Europe varietals that now flourish at the winery just north of Grass Valley. The Avanguardia tasting room in downtown Grass Valley is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 PM. It is housed in a building erected in 1846 with bricks and horsehair plaster walls. The winery is open weekends from noon to 5 PM and by appointment (13028 Jones Bar Road, Nevada City, 530-274-9482). With wines more like one would find in Europe than in California, Avanguardia’s motto is: “Dare to be different and try us out – you won’t be disappointed!”

Lucchesi Vineyards and Winery

Lucchesi Vineyards and Winery showcases its quality wines at its tasting room at 128 Mill Street (530-615-4222). Sunday through Thursday, the tasting room is open from 11 AM until 6 PM. Brimming with excitement and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, the tasting room remains open until 9 PM. The Lucchesi Vineyard and Winery is open by appointment (19698 View Forever Lane, Grass Valley, 530-273-1596).

Sierra Starr Vineyard

Sierra Starr Vineyard boasts “Fine Wine, Fun People, & Starr Quality!” Located at 124 West Main Street (530-477-8282), Sierra Starr pioneered the way by establishing the first tasting room in downtown Grass Valley. Serving its wines of distinction, the Sierra Starr tasting room is open from noon to 5 PM daily. The vineyard and winery is open by appointment only (11179 Gibson Drive, Grass Valley, 530-477-8277).

Szabo Vineyards

Szabo Vineyards is a boutique family-owned winery that produces wines made exclusively from our estate-grown grapes. Our philosophy stems from the premise that “great wines are made in the vineyard”. Owner/winemaker Alex Szabo personally tends to all aspects of wine production from the vineyard to the bottle. Our vineyard offers award-winning Primitivo, Petite Syrah, Syrah and Zinfandel varietals made from our sustainably grown grapes. Our first Rhone-style blend, “Voilà”, will be released in mid-2011.

Tasting Room is located across from Nevada City, City Hall Open Thursday & Sunday 12 – 5 pm / Friday & Saturday 12 – 7 pm (316 Broad Street Tel: 530.265.8792)

Nevada City Winery

Founded in 1980 in a small garage on the outskirts of town, in 1982 the Winery moved to its present location, the historic Miners Foundry Garage, on Spring St in downtown Nevada City. Remarkably, the Winery is located less than two blocks from where the original Nevada City Winery stood over a century ago. Over the years Nevada City Winery has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best Zinfandel, Best Cabernet Franc, Best Syrah and Best Cabernet Sauvignon for the Sierra Foothill Region, awarded by the California State Fair. Tasting Room is open Sunday through Thursday 12–5pm, Friday & Saturday 12-7pm (321 Spring Street, Nevada City Tel 530.265.9463)

Visit Our Thursday Night Wine & Dine Partners Winery

Naggiar Winery

Gold Miners Inn partners with Naggiar Winery at our Thursday evening Wine and Dine event. We pair the finest of Naggiar’s 18 varietals with dishes from five local restaurants. The event is fun and free for Gold Miners Inn guests! The winery offers traditional Rhone, Bordeaux and Italian wines, whose quality comes from selecting varietals that flourish in Naggiar’s southern Nevada County location. At a stunningly picturesque estate, the Naggiar family operates a 3,500-square-foot Tuscan-inspired tasting room. Complimentary wine tasting featuring a wide range of Naggiar wines is offered Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 PM. As more guests arrive to enjoy free music on Friday and Saturday evenings, wine selections become more limited but tasting continues until 9 PM. Mid-week tastings are by appointment only. During the summer months, a variety of great tribute bands take to the lakeside stage at Naggiar. Ticket prices and start times vary for each event (18125 Rosemary Lane, Grass Valley, 530-268-9059.

In Town Tap Houses

THIRSTY BARREL TAPHOUSE & GRILLE

Enjoy 30 taps of the best craft beer around.  Great beer that will fit everyone’s taste! Sip and enjoy some of the best wines from the area! Satisfy your hunger with some good food.  We put quality into every bite! Address: 116 Neal St, Grass Valley, CA 95945 Phone: (530) 802-5488 Hours​ Sun-10 -10 PM Mon- Thur-11 -10 PM Fri-11 -12 AM Sat-11-12AM

Ol’ Republic Brewery

WELCOME to the Taproom

Ol’ Republic Brewery opened its taproom to the public in 2012 in the historic mining town of Nevada City, CA, made famous by the 1849 Gold Rush. Loved and frequented by families and their pets, our taproom has been coined the “Town Parlor” by some… Located at 124 Argall Way, Nevada City, 530 264-7263 Hours: Sun to Thu: Noon–9pm, Fri & Sat: Noon–11pm

Grass Valley Brewing Co.

A craft brewery company, coming to Grass Valley in winter of 2017,  that uses the best ingredients to produce a variety of classic and innovative beers.  Our goal is to engage our community, travelers and beer connoisseurs alike, by offering an unparalleled product in an inviting environment.  Located at 141 E Main St, Grass Valley, Check the web site for details.