From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:
Naggiar Vineyards in Grass Valley is launching fully guided, 13-person tram tours of its scenic vineyard starting in June in an ultramodern electric shuttle — a first in the Sierra foothills.
The informative vineyard tours — literally a “vine to wine” experience — further distinguishes the Sierra foothills as a premier “destination” for wine tasting, increasingly a draw for visitors from the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno and points in between. Locals also will get a close-up look at wine grape growing and winemaking.
The 60-70 minute tours in the brand new “Eco Shuttle” also highlights the breadth and depth of Naggiar’s own operations, which includes a 2,500-square-foot Tuscan-inspired wine tasting room, bistro, and 60 acres of vineyards planted with 17 varietals — all on a 135-acre estate in a bucolic setting. All of Naggiar’s award-winning wines are estate grown, produced and bottled. (Derek Irwin of Napa is the consulting winemaker). The winery is located about one hour east of Sacramento, north of Interstate 80.
Wine enthusiasts can get a “sneak peek” of Naggiar’s “Eco Shuttle People Mover” at Naggiar’s annual wine release party on Saturday. (Here are the first photos of the tram). Saturday also is the first of three regional Sierra Vintners’ regional Wine Trail events this year, and Naggiar is one of the stops.
The tours in the “green,” zero-emissions tram will run on weekends starting in June. Traveling via the Eco-Shuttle, the tours will include stops in the vineyard, as well as wine tasting and cheese pairings on a knoll overlooking the vineyard. Then the tram will head to the winery for a first-hand look at the winemaking process and wine tastings directly from the barrel. A video program will detail the history of the family-owned vineyard.
“People are passionate about our wines and since great wines start in the vineyards, we thought it would be a good idea to showcase and educate visitors and customers about our vineyards and farming practices so that they can see firsthand and appreciate the role of vineyards in producing award-winning wines,” said Mike Naggiar, founder and co-owner of Naggiar Vineyards.
The rest of the article is here.