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Ensign learns about agritourism at Tahoe Ridge Winery



MINDEN–Sen. John Ensign is visiting Tahoe Ridge Winery this evening to learn more about Nevada’s agritourism industry, specifically, grape growing and wine production in Nevada. The winery made a name for itself by producing the first commercial wine made from Nevada-grown grapes, and it has been leading the way in the Nevada grape-growing industry.

During Ensign’s visit, he will have the opportunity to meet with Tahoe Ridge Winery’s founding owner and winemaker, Rick Halbardier, to discuss the winery and what it is doing to promote agriculture and agritourism in Nevada.

“After 20 years of developing the Nevada wine and grape-growing Industry, Tahoe Ridge Winery is now ready to open the curtains and let the rest of the world begin to see what we have worked so hard to develop,” Halbardier said.

In addition to becoming educated on the grape-growing and wine industry in Nevada, Ensign will be given a full tour of the Tahoe Ridge Winery production facility; go on an outing to Buffalo Creek Ranch, a growing partner with winery and the location of one of the Nevada vineyards, and enjoy a meal at the Tahoe Ridge Winery, Marketplace and Bistro.

Tahoe Ridge Winery has been breaking ground in grape growing in Nevada since 1990. In 2001 Tahoe Ridge started producing wines commercially, and shortly after, it harvested and crushed the first commercial wine made completely of Nevada grown grapes.

The winery is the oldest continuously owned and operated winery and grape-growing company in the state of Nevada. Tahoe Ridge Winery, Marketplace and Bistro is located at 1644 Highway 395 in Minden across the street from the Carson Valley Inn.

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