About a hour’s drive outside Las Vegas, the Pahrump Valley Winery offers visitors a selection of its Nevada-made wines and a restaurant. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path during your Vegas trip, head outside the city for a surprising find in the desert.Wines here are made from grapes grown in Nevada, California, and Oregon. The winery has a store stocked with its vintages and a tasting bar. You can also take a tour to see behind the scenes.Symphony, the winery’s gourmet restaurant, is open for lunch and dinner. Dishes include entrees like Winery Shrimp Scampi and Mushroom and Chicken Risotto. Symphony’s comfortable, intimate dining room overlooks the grape vines growing in front of the winery.
To find the Pahrump Winery, take Highway 160 into Pahrump and look for Winery Road. Follow Winery Road, and when you see a field of grape vines, you’ll know you’ve found the right place. The exterior of the winery is a picture-worthy location, dotted with ponds and rustic pieces like carriages.Tours are available three times a day at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30, although the winery recommends that you call to confirm the schedule. You’ll get to see the inside of this unique attraction, Nevada’s first winery. Wild horses initially gave the winery some trouble—it seems they like grapes, too—but the undaunted owners, Bill and Gretchen Loken, brought in grapes from surrounding states to continue making wine. The Pahrump Valley winery produces a full range of red, white, and blush wines, along with sherry.
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