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"Rocky Mountain HIGH"! Colorado’s grape-growing regions are among the highest in the world – from 4,000-7,000 feet. Quality grape growing requires an environment where there are hot days and cool nights. The high elevation vineyards ensure this here, with cool evenings maintaining acidity and hot days ripening the grapes. There are currently around 750 acres under vine, spread mostly between two viticultural areas, Grand Valley and West Elks. By 1910, there were more than 1,000 farmers with vineyards and the industry was booming. However, Prohibition wiped out the wine industry in these parts. Today there are nearly 60 wineries in the state, with more on the way. Vinifera varietals include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Hybrids are also cultivated here, as their winter hardiness makes them an ecological success. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Colorado View all

  • Hermosa Vineyards

    Located in the Grand Valley, Hermosa Vineyards is dedicated to hand crafting the finest wine fro...

  • Winter Park Winery

    Located in Downtown Fraser along US Highway 40, the Winter Park Winery prides itself on its wine,...

  • The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

    Several years ago, some simple Benedictine Fathers had a dream… a dream of a fine winery located...

  • Boulder Creek Winery

    From its modern laboratory to its traditional oak barrels, Boulder Creek Winery blends new world ...

  • Surface Creek Winery & Vineyards

    A small family winery owned by Jim & Jeanne Durr, Surface Creek Winery is located in a premier f...

  • L.J. & S.L. Rhodes

    Orchard Valley Farms was established in 1976 as a grower-supplier for wholesale fruit packinghous...

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  • Wow, I've never heard anybody rave about a Colorado PN.  OK, I've never heard anybody rave about any Colorado wine.  That's great to hear.  Sorry to report I do not see any trips to Durango in my foreseeable future, but we do have some ocassional visitors here from Colorado.Sorry to say I really don't know what you mean by "bitey."  :-(Have you ... Read More

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  • Most disappointing. Both that you don't drink much Syrah and that ... from ... from Arizona and New Mexico, Colorado and even Idaho, all of which I've tried in the interest of scienc Read More

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  • Son-of-a-gun, CB has the gravity issues similar to OT's.  Again, through the magic of software--voila.  (I once had a colleague who said he didn't believe in software, "You can't see it.  How can it exist."  And that, Jean-Paul is the sum of our philosophical discussion for today.)  Thanks for the pics, CB. There.  Blue on the top.I had another ... Read More

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  • Emark, rotate these images! If GregT has the batphone, is Emark like Alfred the Butler?  Or am I once again totally off the mark?  Bad pun, sorry.Anyone willing to try to make wine at that altitude and climate is determined, to say the least. Read More

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  • Passing through Palisade Colorado you find a little snow around the vines. Read More

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  • My achilles heel in wine exploration has always been money (as I am a man of ... ... like to have tried more Colorado wines. I have tried a number of excellent wines a few years ago when touring wineries in the West Elks AVA, noted for their Pinot Noirs, Rieslings, Gewurztraminers.  I've also had excellent Lemberger and Cab Franc from Colorad... Read More

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  • Hello fellow Coloradan.  Our adventures have been trying the Colorado wine and then trying a classic example of the same style, white or red.  My hobby is cooking, so of course I have to experiment with pairing. Read More

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  • New here. Live in Colorado. Enjoy many types of wine. Spent years only drinking reds until I vowed to methodically explore whites (and spent a year drinking almost nothing but...and enjoying the hell out of it!). Now I thoroughly enjoy NZ Sauv Blancs, dry Rieslings, Torrontes, Viognier, Alsatian Pinot Blancs and many other (generally dry) whites... Read More

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  • GRAND COCHON (10 Chefs, 10 Pigs, 1 Crown) on Sunday, June 20th at Hotel Jerome inAspen. It is a national event that promotes heritage pigs, local farms, great chefs, craft brews and boutique wineries. Tickets are available and can be purchased by calling 877-900-WINE or buying tickets online at www.stayaspensnowmass.com/GrandCochon

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