Sierra Vintners Wine Trail

SPRING IS AN IDEAL TIME TO VISIT THE foothill vineyards: The vines are budding, wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is splendid.

The 13th Annual Sierra Vintner’s Wine Trail, on Memorial Day weekend, is the perfect event for a wine country tour for locals and visitors. It is midway between Sacramento and Reno.

The Wine Trail is a self-guided tour of 15 wineries, ranging from Avanguardia to Szabo, nestled in and around historic Grass Valley and Nevada City. You can experience a full weekend of wine tasting, food parings, live music and winery tours—all for less than the price of dinner.

For a weekend getaway, you can enjoy wine tasting, shopping and dining in the historic towns as well: Spend the night at a quaint inn, such as the Broad Street Inn in Nevada City, or the full-service Gold Miner’s Inn/Holiday Inn Express or Grass Valley Courtyard Suites.

“We look forward to this weekend every year, because we meet so many visitors who didn’t know we were this close to Sacramento,” says Jacques Mercier, owner and winemaker at Solune Winegrowers. “It gives visitors a chance to experience how unique each of our wines and tasting rooms are.”

The Sierra Vintners wine country is just a short drive from downtown Sacramento, just off I-80, via Hwy. 49 (Auburn exit) or Hwy. 174 (Colfax exit). It also is an easy trip from Reno, using the same exits off I-80.

To purchase tickets for this event, go to Or for questions, email them at or call 530- 205-3016.

Sierra Vintners features 15 wineries and 20 tasting rooms in Nevada County, collaborating to promote the emerging wine region.

Springtime at the Wineries
Many of the wineries belonging to Sierra Vintners open in springtime for wine tasting, munchies and music. They are located in memorable, picturesque settings.

Naggiar Vineyards is a premier destination winery for tasting, food and music. (Read our feature here). Pilot Peak offers free comparative tastings at its winery in Penn Valley, surrounded by lovely terraces under the trees with sweeping views.

Live musical events also occur in the summer. Bent Metal, Sierra Starr and Solune wineries have scenic spots for picnicking to compliment wine tasting. Sierra Starr has fabulous summer concerts in the vineyard, featuring wine and picnicking.

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