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A new non-profit established to promote vineyards and winemaking in Northern Nevada.

Building A Wine Industry in Nevada

We have a great opportunity to build a wine industry in Nevada, and Kickstarter viewers can help us make it happen! The University of Nevada, Reno  (UNR) made 7 acres of land available to our non-profit organization, Nevada Vines and Wines. More land is available.  In partnership with UNR, Nevada Vines and Wines wants to build a wine industry for Nevada. With this land we will create a commercial-scale vineyard that will eventually produce 30 to 50 tons of grapes that we will make into fine wine. In addition to planting the vineyard, our long term goal is to build a winery and wine tasting room. Not only do we hope to make great wine, but our organization also hopes to encourage growers and winemakers to create their own vineyards, especially here in the Reno area. With your donations we will be able to purchase the vines, trellises, and irrigation system for the next acre of our vineyard. 

Comments On Our Reward Plan

It is designed to actually follow planting of our vineyard at Main Station Farm in modules of vines, stakes, trellis and wire and to plant and prune the vines. There are added incentives like your designer label, vintage naming and plaques we will enjoy providing since they are part of the wine ambiance and that we hope you will appreciate. It is all about the wine biz.

If you are a member already, rewards start at a level above your current membership based on donation amount. If you are a Friend already and contribute $25, your reward level is Friend Plus. If you add $75, your reward level is Enthusiast.  All donations can be tax deductible. A level receives all of the credit and benefit for all lower levels. All contributions include an annual membership.

Much Has Been Done

We have already done a lot in one year. In addition to founding our organization, we received Federal non-profit status, and a grant for $40,000 dollars from the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA). One acre of 1800 Riesling vines has already been planted. A second acre of Lemberger has already been funded with the NDA grant. We have a detailed plan to spend $51,000, which we noted in our video, but this Kickstarter goal is to raise $25,500 dollars to fund the planting of a 3rd acre for 1500 Chardonnay vines, a trellis system, and to buy an additional 400 gallons of tankage.  We will use any extra proceeds to buy Pinot Noir vines and more wine making equipment. 

Our funding plan for our vineyard is scaled in modules of $25,000 which will plant and care for an acre until it is self sustaining in about 3 years.  A small amount of each increment will develop wine making capacity.  Thus NV&W can make practical use of  a range of donations. 

Nevada is a Natural Extension to California Wine Country

Nevada is an easy drive from Napa, El Dorado and Amador Counties and has historic and scenic tourist environments with Lake Tahoe,  the Truckee River Valley and the Sierra Nevada as backdrops.  

NV&W's first venture with UNR, to build a commercial-scale vineyard, will prove that large-scale viticulture can work in Nevada and yield the ambiance of wine that is so loved in the world. UNR's College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR) is providing the land, water and equipment on its Main Station Field Laboratory. Along with the expertise of Professor Grant Cramer, we will provide know-how and fund-raising for the vines, trellising and care.

Dr. Grant Cramer
Dr. Grant Cramer

Vineyard and wine revenue will be split 50/50 between UNR and NV&W. NV&W's share will be reinvested into Nevada vineyards and wineries, UNR's share into viticultural research and education. NV&W will continue to seek partners with viable, fallow land. There is a lot of such land in Nevada. In this manner, effectiveness of NV&W's funds may be multiplied and rates of return magnified.

Success is Highly Probable

Thirteen varietals of 90 vines each have been maintained successfully at UNR's experimental vineyard on Valley Road since 1995. It's time to expand to commercial-scale to pave the way for a viable wine industry in Nevada.  Wine made from the grapes from the Valley Road vineyards are tasted twice monthly at the Valley Road Greenhouse (see www.nevadavinesandwines.com) and donors are welcome from anywhere. The proposed 3-acre vineyard will  produce 10 to 15 tons and make upwards of 2000 cases. At completion, 7 acres will produce 20 to 35 tons.  The wine biz will be on!

It is a common misconception that Nevada's climate is not suitable for wine grapes. This is just not true as has been proven at Valley Road for over 16 years. NV&W staff are learning and researching techniques for cold weather husbandry. Further support may be found in a direct comparison to Washington State's wine industry that supports an $8 billion wine industry and has a very similar climate to Northern Nevada. (Source: Puget Sound Business Journal, April 24, 2012)

Why You Should Invest In Nevada Vines & Wines

This is a very good business proposition.  It creates jobs, lots of jobs, one for every 1.3 acres planted or 30,000 in Washington State.  According to the Huffington Post of 11/4/13 world wine production is not keeping pace with demand.  Nevada is a business friendly environment with its "no income tax" position and has the perfect tourist environment on which to develop the ambiance of wine and vineyards. It is tax efficient since 100 percent of NV&W income is tax free. As a donor you are eligible for a tax deduction, multiplying your investment. Finally, your investment will help us achieve a life goal, ranking right after earning our PhD's. We want to make a difference in our Nevada and US economies.

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Let us guess what you're thinking, "I thought Nevada was a desert that could only grow sagebrush and some cacti, no way can you grow grapes!"

Yes, Nevada has an arid climate. Such a climate is relatively disease and insect free with warm days and cool nights - perfect for water-efficient grapes! Cold weather is compatible with grapes, just look at eastern Washington. It has colder weather than Nevada and is a great wine area. We continue to research cold-weather techniques led by Dr. Grant Cramer at UNR. Thirteen varieties of grapes are growing in a smaller experimental vineyard at the University. Over the last 16 years these grapes have been harvested and made into great wine with the expertise of Dr. Grant Cramer and some doctoral students (us included).

Not only have we done our homework with our own hands-on experimental vineyard, but a lot of research has been done on the successful wine industry in Eastern Washington, which has a strikingly similar climate to that of Reno.

Gaining years of experience from growing grapes and experimental winemaking at the University and learning techniques used in Eastern Washington and UC Davis, we are confident that we can truly make this a successful venture and we invite you to be part of it!

Reach out to us with questions or suggestions at nevadavinesandwines.com or on Facebook. We'll get back right away.

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    Supporter - An "Uncork Nevada" decal and recognition on our Nevada Vines and Wines website.

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    Friend - Your gift of $25 will plant one vine and provide trellis, drip irrigation and a training stake. This gift will enroll you as a member with Nevada Vines and Wines and recognition on our website as such.

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    Friend Plus - Your gift of $50 will fund 2 "Friend" vine packages and add a trellis stake to begin a row. This level includes additional acknowledgement for a significant other at nevadavinesandwine.com. Your reward also includes two complimentary lecture classes at the University of Nevada's semi-monthly wine class, valued at $10 per person per class.

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    Enthusiast - Your gift of $100 will fund 4 "Friend" vines packages and includes up to 3 additional family members or significant others. You will have the opportunity to participate in wine making workshops. A set of attractive NV&W coasters will be mailed to you as well.

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    Aficionado - Your gift of $500 will fund 16 "Friend" vine packages, add another trellis stake and string wire for the vines. Your name will be included in a donor recognition honor roll at nevadavinesandwines.com. One of our board members will deliver a Power Point presentation to your group either in Reno or via Skype. You will receive a personal tour of The University of Nevada's experimental vineyards and wine making operation on your schedule. You may also name an Appellation for our application to ApellationAmerica.com.

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    Connoisseur - Your gift of $1,000 will fund 32 "Friend" vine packages and add two trellis stakes and wire. We will host and serve a dinner for four at a private venue. Limited to a 200 mile radius of Reno, NV. We will link to your business' website from the NV&W website if you wish.

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    Life - Your gift of $5,000 will fund 3 rows of "Friend" vine packages (174) complete with trellis, wire, and care. You will have Honor recognition at the vineyard, ensconced on row markers. At this level you'll have the opportunity to name a vintage of blended or varietal wines that we grow. We will use your label design. A brass plate bearing your name or words up to 25 letters will be inscribed permanently on our oak aging barrels.

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