Four long time friends with a love for wine and a chance friendship with a home winemaker in 1996 led us to make our first home wine in 1998. It was a Zinfandel, and turned out very well! We were hooked! Our fascination with the process of wine making and the fun we were having led us in 1999 to begin the process of becoming commercial winemakers, and our own winery, Sierra Knolls, was licensed and bonded in January of 2000.
Steve & Brenda Taylor, now sole owners, are fun-loving down-to-earth people who enjoy wine-loving folks seeking out delicious wines to enjoy themselves and with their friends. New to the wonders of wine? Feel free to ask questions; there are no "dumb" questions! We’re excited to share our knowledge and love of wine with everyone! Relax and enjoy!
The Taylors brought the tasting room from the remote winery when they purchased, renovated and added a large tasting room to a 25 year old farm house just off of Hwy 49. The doors opened in June 2011 and the venue has been growing ever since. The beautifully landscaped grounds, large covered pavilion, brick pizza oven, and tasting room offers plenty of room for events, private parties and tastings. The new commercial kitchen allows us to offer small plates, hors d'oeuvres and desserts as well as wine pairing dinners.
The Sierra Knolls Tasting Room offers 25' of bar and tables in the main room, as well as a selection of gifts and fabulous Sciabica Olive Oils and Balsamics. Additional seating is available in the adjacent lounge, often used for private tastings. We are excited to now offer delicious foods to enhance your wine experience! Gourmet Cheese Boards, Hummus plates, small plate fare, and delicious desserts are among our offerings. We are proud to serve Jardin del Rio Farm's wide variety of traditional to exotic produce, harvested daily!
Our beautifully landscaped grounds in south Grass Valley offer a variety of places to relax and enjoy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine from our extensive list. A large lawn with picnic tables offers room for your children and well behaved dogs to feel comfortable while you sip wine. Cozy tables on our surround deck, and more under the Pavilion near the Pizza Oven are also great seating areas. The Pavilion is the venue for bands and dancing, as well as a great spot for private parties. Wine tasting in Auburn or Grass Valley is a pleasure in our friendly tasting room. Let us help you plan an event, from birthday and retirement parties, showers, and celebrations to company gatherings and fund-raisers.
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