While we focus more on breweries, distilleries, and historic dive bars of Reno, we almost forgot about the grape vine! Wine has made just as big of a splash around our town as the brews! One notable mention is Wineries on Fourth, located in the heart of the Brewery District…
“As home winemakers, we were very excited when Nevada passed a law in 2015 to allow commercial wineries in Nevada Counties of over 100,000 in population. At the time, we had just acquired management of an existing three-acre vineyard in Fallon, Nevada and were very much looking forward to making Nevada grown wine. We started looking for space for a winery in Reno right away – and quickly found that it wasn’t going to be easy. We looked for over a year and finally found the ideal spot on East 4th Street – a quirky, fun, energetic and evolving re-development area that is also called the Old Brewery District. Once we had the space, we were able to start the process of applying for all the various Federal, State, City and County permits needed… and we did that. It’s been a marathon — but we made it to the finish line! Oh and did we mention that it’s not only us, but two other wineries with great offerings that will sharing production space and the Tasting Room with us? This way – you get to experience not only just our great wine – but other, different wine from Basin & Range and Great Basin wineries.” (NevadaSunsetWinery.com)
I reached out to Mike and Alynn of Nevada Sunset Winery to get a little more information on the grapes and vineyards, and here’s what Alynn had to say:
“Basin and Range sources all their grapes from their vineyard in Minden, NV and offers great varietals from hybrid grapes grown for altitude and colder weather. Great Basin winery sources their grapes from California’s great wine regions and offers a good selection of wines representative of those areas. Nevada Sunset manages vineyards and gets grapes from all around northern Nevada and from neighboring El Dorado and Amador counties as well as Lodi. They offer a great selection of wine made from both Nevada and California grapes. All the wineries produce their wines in the building and are happy to show you around their production area. All three do wine tastings and offer wine by the glass and bottle. They also have a great event space that they rent out for private parties or corporate events.”
Mike and Alynne made Wineries on Fourth possible. I’ve known Mike for years when I was first starting Reno-Tahoe Brewery Tour, when he owned Studio on Fourth, a little musical venue and bar on fourth street with a great stage! With Mike’s business experience and community involvement in Reno, you can bet this venture will continue to be a success now and in the future. So head on down to Wineries on Fourth and treat yourself to one of the many locally made wines from three great wineries!
The vine doesn’t stop here. In 2018, Sparks became the home of Engine 8 Urban Winery. Here’s what their website has to say:
“Engine 8 Urban Winery calls Nevada home and is located in downtown Sparks [Victorian Square]. Owners Mike and Wendi Rawson established Engine 8 in 2018 to pursue their dream of business ownership in the heart of their hometown. Both born in Nevada and raised in Sparks, it was an easy decision to honor their state and city by choosing a name and brand that pays tribute to the Reno/Sparks area and Northern Nevada’s proud heritage. Open 7 days a week, the Rawsons welcome you, your friends, and family to enjoy wine tasting by the flight, by the glass, or by the bottle in a relaxing atmosphere. Engine 8 also offers the best gourmet meat and cheese platters to complement your wine tasting experience.”(Engine8UrbanWinery.com)
Picasso and Wine is another way to add some color to your glass! Located in Midtown and Carson, this step by step painting class will leave you amazed at your hidden artistic talent! Unless you drink two bottles of wine, then it looks like a picture you drew from first grade!
There are also longstanding wine bars and Reno-staples such as the Whispering Vines, Midtown Wine Bar, and the Napa-Sonomas, along with numerous casino bars. Below is our list of places to grab a great glass of wine, and as I am sure I have left many out, feel free to comment below on your favorite wine spot!
And don’t forget, Reno-Tahoe Brewery Tour can layout a wine tour featuring all of your favorite choices! Call now 775-338-1293 or book online at Reno-TahoeBreweryTour.com!
|Wineries on Fourth||(Three in one location!)|
|-Nevada Sunset Winery||Thur-Sat||4p-9p||415 E Fourth St||741-6168|
|– Basin and Range Cellars||Friday||4p-9p||415 E Fourth St||750-2427|
|-Great Basin Winery||Saturday||1p-7p||415 E Fourth St||300-3107|
|Midtown Wine Bar||Fri-Sat||4:30PM–12AM||1527 S Virginia St||800-1960|
|Whispering Vine||Fri-Sat||1-10p||772 S Virginia||451-7681|
|Whispering Vine||Tue-Sat||11-9p||4201 W Fourth St||786-1323|
|Whispering Vine||Mon-Sat||2:30p-8:30p||3886 Mayberry Dr||787-9463|
|Picasso and Wine||Tue-Fri||4p-10:30p||148 Vassar St||453-1168|
|Picasso and Wine||Thur-Fri||5p-10p||3821 S. Carson St||841-2500|