Visitor’s Guide to Northern Sierra Wine Country


THE NEW DIRECTION in California wine. . .

Where the vines meet the pines

Slightly North of Highway 80, between Reno and Sacramento, is an emerging wine region known as the Sierra Vintners.  With award Foothill-Vineyard---provided-by-InFuse-Marketingwinning wines and people who will treat you like family the minute you arrive, you’ll be glad we pointed you in the right direction.  Stop in today and experience the Sierra Vintner difference

From romantic retreats to outdoor adventures, the Northern Sierra is the perfect wine country getaway. There’s an abundance of fine restaurants and quaint lodging to make your entire stay relaxing and enjoyable. Whether you choose to taste wines in the historic downtown districts of Grass Valley and Nevada city or roam the bucolic country roads of rural Nevada County, fine wine awaits your very turn. Designated drivers are available through local chartered limo service and tours. For lovers of the arts, there are live theatre and art galleries to enjoy. And for those with a passion for the great outdoors—fine golf courses, horseback riding, parks, hiking and biking trails and skiing are all within, or a short drive from Northern Sierra Wine country. Rent a kayak or go rafting down the Yuba or American rivers. There is something for everyone, in every season.

Grass-Valley-Wine-Pouring-at-Luchessi-Winery---Provided-by-Luchessi-WineryFoothills Celebration is held the first Saturday in March. Spend a Saturday afternoon strolling Historic Downtown Grass Valley, enjoying its boutique shops while sampling fine wines, gourmet food and live music. Over 50 wineries and restaurants will be participating in the event and are sure to please everyone’s palate.

Nevada City Foreign Car Show showcases foreign cars and vintage motorcycles.  The entries are limited to 1982 and older vehicles. A designated show class allows cars of special interest to enter, such as race cars and other exotics. The cars are be parked along Broad Street in Nevada City for the public to view.

Take a break while browsing through the Foreign Cars to enjoy a robust sampling of local wines at the Wine Stroll that is held from Noon to 3 p.m. on Broad Street.  Tickets to the event include a unique Nevada City Wine Glass and tasting at 8 locations.

Nevada City Uncorked is held each September in historic downtown Nevada City and highlights nearly 20 area wineries and Pilot-Peak-Terrace---photo-provided-by-Pilot-Peak-Wineryrestaurants.  Locations are set up all within walking distance of each other on Spring, Pine, Broad and Commercial Streets.

Wander through downtown Nevada City, learn the history of our charming town, and enjoy a sampling of local Foothill wines and food. From vintage cabs and buttery chardonnays to delicious crepes and creative California cuisine, there is something for everyone.

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Home 17860 Cattle Drive Penn Valley CA 95975 Work Phone: (530) 432-7375 Website: Rough & Ready Vineyard and Guest House

Biographical Info

The Vineyard

Our private, family-owned vineyard is located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills. We are in a valley with our own unique micro-climate, similar to some of the best wine producing areas in the world. We have four varietals established and producing, which provide a beautiful backdrop for visits to our guesthouse. We’ve hosted dinners and photo shoots between our beautiful vines. Are you interested in a visit to Rough & Ready Vineyards?

Quaint Retreat

Tucked away in the historic gold country, Rough & Ready Vineyard and Guest House offers a unique setting for any event. Make lasting memories among the beautiful foothills of Northern California at our vineyard and guest house.

Lovely Estate

  • Versatile estate for intimate parties or events
  • Private 16-acre ranch setting
  • Easy to find off of Highway 20 in historic Nevada County, located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe
  • All-inclusive packages available

Our family-owned vineyard is surrounded by rolling hills & beautiful rural countryside in every direction.

Our onsite chapel is an intimate, special place for memorable weddings, receptions, reunions, & more.

Our country guesthouse can sleep up to 16 people & is a wonderful gathering place for family & friends.

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