Nevada Wines and, now, Brandy from Churchill Vineyards

Family-owned estate winery, Churchill Vineyards, releases Silver State’s first legally-distilled spirit
Churchill Vineyards, the only estate winery and first legal distillery in Nevada, released Churchill Vineyards Brandy, Nevada’s first legally-distilled spirit, for retail purchase on November 2. Churchill Vineyards, owned and operated by 5th generation Nevadan Colby Frey and wife Ashley, expanded their already successful winery business into the spirits market providing Nevada’s first and oldest legally commercial distilled spirit.

Colby Frey, winemaker
“This is a very exciting time for the expansion of our business,” said Colby Frey. “We’ve been aging the brandy in premium French oak barrels for five years, allowing us to use the prestigious V.S.O.P. designation. Since 2006, we have been experimenting with our Nevada grapes, grains and other Nevada grown products to produce high quality spirits. With the passage of recent legislation, we are now able to sell our long aged spirits.”


The distilling equipment
Frey handcrafted and distilled the brandy in small batches using the same grapes used to produce Churchill Vineyards’ esteemed wines. The quality of the brandy can be seen in the natural amber hue, characterizing the extraction of the oak flavor and color from aging for 5 years in premium French oak barrels. 

 “Wine and spirits have a well-documented place in the history of the old west,” said Frey. “Coming from a long line of Nevada farmers, we’re excited to tap into Nevada’s history and bring to market a great product made from Nevada resources."

The brandy is priced at $25/bottle.

About Churchill Vineyards:
Family owned and operated, Churchill Vineyards is a 10 acre vineyard and winery located on the historic Frey Ranch, a 1,200 acre plantation, located in Fallon, Nev. The Frey family comes from a long line of Nevada farmers, with roots going back to 1854, growing corn, wheat, barley, rye, alfalfa and teff. Churchill Vineyards is the only Nevada winery producing Nevada grown, produced and bottled (estate) white wines in addition to being Nevada’s first commercial distillery.  The tasting room is open by appointment at 1045 Dodge Lane in Fallon, NV.  Tel 775-423-4000. For more information, visit
Churchill Vineyards’ wine can be purchased at major Nevada retail outlets Whole Foods, Scolari’s Food and Drug Co. and Total Wine & More. The brandy is projected to hit retail stores around Nov. 11. To stay up-to-date on the release date, visit or follow them on Facebook at

Thanks to Ashley Brune of Reno's Draper Strategies and Communications for keeping us up to date on this vineyard!

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