The US state with the capital Carson City is located in the west of the USA. It is best known for Area 51 (top secret military testing ground), the atomic bomb tests with more than 1,000 nuclear explosions since 1951 and Las Vegas. Viticulture has only been practiced here for a relatively short time. There is no AVA except the State Appellation. The most important red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Frontenac and Zinfandel. The most important white wine varieties are Riesling, Gewurztraminer(Gewürztraminer) and La Crosse. Well-known producers are Churchill Vineyard, Pahrump Valley Winery, Sanders Family Winery and Tahoe Ridge Winery.