A Cocktail Town Tries Its Hand at Wine

Las Vegas always has been a cocktail town. In the Rat Pack days, martinis were all the rage, and in the last decade, Vodka Red Bull ruled the day. Now, however, there’s a new option for elbow-benders: Las Vegas just opened its first winery and tasting room.

The Vegas Valley Winery makes five different types of wine: one pink, two whites, and two reds. At present, the wines are available only in a cozy tasting room in a nondescript industrial park in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, about 20 minutes from the Strip; the company promises slightly wider availability later this spring. (For now, the Vegas Valley operation calls to mind a word not typically associated with Las Vegas: modest.)

“We’re not trying to become the next Napa or Sonoma over here,” jokes GM and winemaker Mike Schoenbaechler. “We want to stay small and hand-crafted, a specialty place that makes good wine and gives people another option for something to do when they are out and about in Las Vegas.”

Read the full story in Afar here.