Sanders Family Winery

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This page last updated on 08/05/2016
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Directions: From Las NV-160 to Pahrump. Turn left on Manse Rd, then turn left on Hafen Ranch Rd. Go 2 miles and turn right on Kellogg Rd. Go 1.5 miles and turn right into the gate of the winery (Fig. 01).

Description: The winery is nestled on the southern side of the Town of Pahrump, about an hour from the Las Vegas Strip. It offers stunning panoramic mountain views. The Winery is bordered on each side by the beautiful Spring Mountains to the East, and the colorful Nopah Range defining the Nevada-California border to the West. The winery architecture is a renaissance period Italian Tuscan Villa with the nearly 12,000 foot high Mount Charleston as the backdrop. Visitors are welcomed at the gates by the statue of Teresa Lilianna, “The Wine Pourer”. The main entrance to the estate is lined with tall Italian Cypress trees (Fig. 02), flanked by two full production vineyards (Fig. 03). The long driveway brings you through the vineyards to the main tower entrance. There is plenty of parking.

Established in 1988, Jack Sanders founded the first modern winery in Pahrump. The Sanders Family continues to be committed to hand crafting each wine to finesse and perfect balance, bringing out the best in each vintage varietal and proprietary blends. The family has been growing grapes in Pahrump for nearly three decades. The first vineyard was our Valencia Road Property (Now Winery Road) with our newest vineyards located along the Kellogg Agricultural Bench on Kellogg Road. The tradition continues with the completion of our new stunning Renaissance Tuscan style Winery, Visitors Center and Performing Arts Amphitheater (Fig. 04). Much care and thought were involved in the creation of this immaculate facility. Its two home vineyards, located on the Winery property, are part of Sanders Winery’s strengths. The winery property is prime land for wine-grape growing. Other premium contract grape growers give our wine making team flexibility in creative wine production. The Kellogg Bench home vineyards were planted in 2004 in two blocks. The East Block contains Zinfandel Grapes and is located within 50 feet of a 25 year old Pistachio orchard. The West Block is planted with Petite Sirah. Both Vineyards require custom hand harvesting and crushing.

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08/05/2016 Trip Notes: At the end of the day, Bob Croke, Jim Herring and I came here for our last stop of the day, and yet another wine tasting. Though I did like its Renaissance Tuscan style on the outside, I was not impressed by the tasting room (Fig. 05), or its limited gift shop (Fig. 06). During our "tasting" the server made each of us a "spritzer" made with its Ruby Port. This wine has an amazing aroma and taste of rich plum jam and black raspberry preserves that is fortified to balance its sweetness and to keep the big rich flavors and long finish. It was outstanding. We were also told that it is great over Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream. Even though there wine selection is more limited than that of the Pahrump Valley Winery, it should be noted that they are all less expensive than those at the other winery. After tasting several wines, Jim and Bob both game out with several purchases (Fig. 07). Free wine tasting is available 7 days a week 10am to 5pm. We would definitely go back for another visit.

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