From Ground to Glass, Made in Nevada
Since the early days when settlers trekked across the high desert landscape and established roots in Nevada, there’s
always been a pioneering spirit here.
It’s this spirit that makes Frey Ranch Estate Distillery what it is today.
In fact, Colby Frey’s great-great-grandfather, Joseph Frey Sr., was just such a pioneer, acquiring one of the original land claims filed in Nevada in 1854 - a full decade before it was even declared a state.
The Frey family first made their mark on Nevada as farmers, supplying grains to Virginia City during the boom of the gold and silver rush. For generations, the earth was tilled, grains were grown, and slowly but surely the Frey Ranch roots grew deep and strong in the region.
But it wasn’t until 2001 when Colby and his father, Charles Frey Jr., expanded their horizons. Seeing the importance of creating a higher valued crop that consumed less water, they planted a three-acre vineyard and began producing wine.
This sparked an even bigger idea.
Seeing the success of their wine-making efforts, they began experimenting with distillation. They applied for a Federal commercial license and, in January 2010, received permission to sell distilled spirits…making Frey Ranch the oldest legal distillery in Nevada.
This was no off-the-cuff decision. It would take years of hard work, sweat equity and careful planning to create a state-of-the-art distillery. Using the typical Frey approach, Colby, his wife Ashley and General Manager/Distiller Russell Wedlake rolled up their sleeves and designed the operation themselves. They were involved in every aspect of construction to ensure that the distillery would not only run at the highest efficiency, but also yield the finest results.
Today, the beautiful 4,700-square-foot building - located just steps from the Frey home on a picturesque ranch in Fallon, Nevada - is an homage to the rich history of the Frey family, and each guest that sets foot on the property becomes part of that history.
The Frey legacy is proudly shared every day through its award-winning spirits, where you can taste a quality that isn’t just made, but nurtured - from grain to greatness, from batch to bottle, From Ground to Glass™.
In a world teeming with craft breweries and distilleries, Frey Ranch Estate Distillery has made its mark as the pioneer in the farm distillery movement, sourcing 100% of its grains corn, wheat, barley, rye and oats from the very same land that the distillery is built on. All of the grains used in the production of these spirits are planted, harvested and stored in silos, on the fertile farm grounds of Frey Ranch as a part of this unique From Ground to Glass™ operation. After launching a complex, four-grain vodka in 2014, the Freys quickly began production on Frey Ranch Gin, a recent winner of a Double Gold Medal in the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits competition. The Freys are also aging a series of different premium distilled whiskeys, including bourbon and 100 percent rye whiskey, for a minimum of four years in 53 gallon oak barrels. The whiskey, like all of the other products, is already starting to impress. And, if that’s not enough, Frey Ranch also features its own malt house, one of the rare operations to malt its own barley, and other grains onsite in a custom-made one-of-a-kind malting drum.
Frey Ranch is located just outside of Reno, Nev. in Churchill County, and, in the midst of its beautiful 1,400-acre farm, sits a 4,600 square-foot distillery, featuring a stillroom, tank room, tasting room, barrel house and the above mentioned malt house. The centerpiece of the distillery is a one-of-a-kind, custom-made Vendome still that is capable of producing 10,000 cases of spirits a month. Additionally, there are four 5,000-gallon fermenters, one 5,000-gallon mash cooker, one 5,000-gallon beer well, one 500-gallon pot still, a 23-foot vodka column and a 24-foot continuous still. These state-of-the-art pieces of equipment allow the Freys to create products that are unmatched in quality and taste.
In short, Frey Ranch Estate Distillery is unlike any other craft distillery in the world and is quickly earning the accolades to validate this. The company would love to share that experience with you by inviting you to Frey to view the beautiful property, walk the grain fields and see the distillery in operation. The farm ground and main house date back to 1918 and were recently selected to be on the National Register of Historic Places. A visit to Frey Ranch will include a tour of the distillery as well as tastings of their signature spirits, which include barrel samples of the
Frey Ranch is distributed in Southern Nevada by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and in Southern California by Wine Warehouse. To read more about Frey Ranch, its products and where to purchase them, visit www.freyranch.com.