As the only all-Nevada winery in Nevada, Basin and Range Cellars is a true estate winery. We are also the only winery in the state who doesn’t outsource any of our farming, growing all of our own grapes, and focusing on low intervention, sustainable farming practices. At 5240 feet, ours is the highest elevation commercial vineyard in the United States. Read more about our vineyard, grape varietals, and farming practices below.
We source all of our grapes from our vineyard in Minden, Nevada. Our vineyard spans 9.3 acres of gently-sloping, well-drained granite soils on Buffalo Creek Ranch near Minden. Whereas most of Western Nevada is covered in volcanic rocks, our vineyard sits on an alluvial fan flanking the Carson Range, the easternmost front of the Sierra Nevada. Our arid climate, abundant sunshine, favorable soils, and high elevation provide an ideal terroir to cultivate our unique French-American grape varietals.
We use low intervention, sustainable farming practices free of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Our low humidity and unique French-American grapes varietals allow us to farm organically without exposing our fruit to risk of mold, rot, fungus, or mildew. Thus avoiding many crop issues troubling California and other wine regions. Our low intervention philosophy applies to our use of water as well. Just prior to harvest, we limit irrigation and hand-prune the vine canopy to expose the fruit to sunshine, producing sun-ripened and very low-yielding crops with dense structure. This technique allows our grapes to accumulate natural ester and polyphenols levels which results in robust flavor-packed fruit. These farming practices are the primary component giving our wines originality and award-winning character.
Our wine catalogue is unique and unusual – a direct result of our high desert climate, grape varietals, and granite soil. Our bottlings are rustic, full of character, and unfiltered to preserve their originality. We produce only single vineyard, single varietal, and single vintage wines. We don’t make blends and we don’t use any California fruit. We make each wine in small lots from grapes that we cultivated, harvested, vinted and bottled ourselves. This control allows us to concentrate on every detail of the wine-making process and shape these wines into these award-winning bottlings, the only all-Nevada wines. Visit our wine page or our online shop to learn more.