' Sierra Knolls Winery - Vineyard & Winery

Vineyard & Winery


Sierra Knolls Vineyards are located on western facing slopes in the Northern Sierra Foothills region in south Nevada County, CA.  We grow two varietals of wine grapes:  Merlot (planted in 1998) and Zinfandel (planted in 2004), about an acre of each.  The vines are hand tended and hand harvested with love by our family who enjoy the beauty of working with the vines and the excitement of the harvest and crush!   The grapes are not treated with pesticides or fertilizers.  Sulfur is used sparingly to prevent powdery mildew.

                            Zinfandel                                    Harvesting Merlot              Local honeybee

Winery History

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 delicious! 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.

Our wines, made in small lots by hand, are known for their bright, fresh, fruit forward aromas and flavors with long satisfying finishes and pleasant mouth feel.  We grow Merlot and Zinfandel, and source our other wine grapes from local vineyards.  Our vineyard and winery is located in Grass Valley, near Lake of the Pines, south Nevada County.  Plans are underway to move our wine making facility to Linnet Lane, near the tasting room.

Steve & Brenda Taylor, now sole owners, and family, 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!