Nevada Winery strikes gold with red wine

Pahrump, Nev. – Nevada-based winemakers Bill and Gretchen Loken of Pahrump Valley Winery have struck gold and are garnering international acclaim with Nevada’s first red wine to ever receive a gold medal.  The 2005 Nevada Ridge Zinfandel won “Gold” at the 2009 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, and it’s the silver state’s first commercial red wine produced from zinfandel grapes grown solely at this family-owned vineyard in Southern Nevada – located just one hour from the world famous Las Vegas Strip in the Mojave desert.

In all, the Winery in 2009 has racked up 51 national wine awards, including 10 gold, 21 silver and 20 bronze medals. Other gold medal winners are:

Two gold medals went to the winery’s 2005 Syrah, awarded at 2009 Indy International and 2009 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition;

Four gold medals awarded to 2007 Symphony at the 2009 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, 2009 Riverside Wine competition, 2009 San Diego International Wine Competition, 2009 Amenti Del Vino Competition;

Two gold medals awarded to 2007 Peak White at 2009 Amenti Del Vino Competition and 2009 Taster’s Guild;

Gold medal awarded to Crème Sherry at 2009 Tasters Guild

Pahrump Valley Winery is Nevada’s oldest and largest selling winery founded in March 1990.  The Loken’s became management consultants to the winery in 2003, took ownership in 2005, and since have made major renovations. Co-owner and viticulturalist Gretchen Loken last year received a certificate in wine-making from UC Davis.

The Loken’s are helping pioneer the way for a wine industry in Nevada. Their 2005 Nevada Ridge Zinfandel released in 2008 marked the beginning of an award-winning, grape-growing industry, which has the potential to grow into a sustainable business in Nevada’s arid climate.  “It only takes one tenth the water of alfalfa in Nevada to grow grapes,” said Bill Loken.  The Loken’s aim to offer outstanding wine of quality and value, made through modern winemaking techniques and old world traditions.

Together, they’ve expanded the vineyard from 350 vines to its current 1,500-plus vines of Zinfandel and Syrah grapes planted amidst three acres. “We have a ton of sunshine in the Nevada desert, and both of these grapes love the hot sun,” added Gretchen. The winery is also sourcing grapes from over a half dozen start up grape growers in Nevada.

Three helicopter pads have been added, attracting Strip casinos and helicopter tours to fly in cust omers, along with the e xpanded barrel room with many oak barrels aging wine. The beautifully appointed tasting room has a comfortable seating area and displays an exhibit of the Winery’s 188 international and national wine awards received since 200 4.  The winery will produce 10,000 cases of wine this year alone.

The picturesque Pahrump Valley Winery and its Zagat-rated Symphony ’s Restaurant, which offers a spectacular view of the Mt. Charleston Peak, are nestled on nearly 10 acres at 3810 Winery Road, Pahrump, Nev. and is o pen daily.  Winery tours, wine tastings, and weddings at the winery’s beautiful rose garden gazebo are offered.  For reservations or more information call 800-368-9463 or 775-751-7800, or go online to 2010 marks the 20th Anniversary.


Nevada Winery strikes gold with red wine — 3 Comments

  1. This winery is truly a treat to experience! I live in Northern CA where we have no shortage of excellent wineries and Pahrump Valley Winery is right up there. The owners, Bill and Gretchen, are some of the nicest people you will ever meet so make sure to meet them when you go there. The winery is first class and surrounded in a beautiful setting. We sampled many of their wines (Chardonnay being my favorite) and they all left us wanting for more … so we had more! If you want to take a break from the craziness that is “Las Vegas” and have a superior luncheon/dinner at their Symphony’s Restaurant you will be glad that you did. Symphony’s is beautifully appointed and their menu is nothing short of superior, and without those outrageous Vegas prices. I say take a break, refresh yourself, and then return to the “action”. Quite frankly, the #1 TO DO on my list when going to Vegas is a visit to this winery. You’ll really enjoy it, especially if you enjoy great food and great wine!

  2. I had bought a few cases a couple years ago and had compliment labels made on them at the winery. I had Great reviews and sure hope to pick my bus up again and going to try and order some more for clients.
    My daughter also worked there years ago and said they are the nicest people one can meet.
    Thanks for being in business and Congrats on 20 years.

  3. I am happy to see that the Pahrump Winery is beginning to produce a small amount of wine on their own from Nevada grown grapes and not buying it all pre-produced from California wineries.

    I was out at the winery a few weeks ago and enjoyed several of the wines I tasted. I still have a hard time drinking the Burgundy and Blush wines they have produced – too generic and sweet for my taste.

    I feel that the Pahrump folks are beginning to get in line with Tahoe Ridge Winery up north (the founders of Nevadas grape growing and winemaking business). They have a long ways to go, but they are on the right track.

    Best of luck to Pahrump,
    Charlie Bavaro, Henderson, Nevada