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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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Varietals Produced in Colorado View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Malbec

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

Popular Wineries in Colorado View all

  • Desert Moon Vineyards

    Immersing yourself in a moment, whether it's a summer evening barbeque with close friends or danc...

  • Bookcliff Vineyards

    In 2008 we moved our winery to a new, larger location in North Boulder that allowed us to have ou...

  • Creekside Cellars

    A hobby begun in the early 1980s turned into a family business for Bill and Anita Donahue and the...

  • Guy Drew Vineyards

    We found this beautiful property southwest of Cortez after searching for several years while main...

  • Cottonwood Cellars

    Cottonwood Cellars is a family owned winery with a vineyard, Cottonwood Vineyards. The Owners are...

  • L.J. & S.L. Rhodes

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

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  • Bananas!Kathy - one piece of advice I'd give is that restaurants are ... I ... ... I included Merlot from Colorado, New Jersey (!), Hungary, Bordeaux, Washington, Long Island, Barossa, Napa, and I don't remember where else. Most were undrinkable to the point of being almost poisonous. Nobody who was there will ever forget that tasting.&nbs Read More

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  • An interesting weekend - had a little gathering to send a good friend off to Colorado Springs as his new job took him there. The day after a large tree branch fell while I was walking the trail and nearly was driven into the ground.  Blood everywhere, back of the head cut, neck, back and left shoulder bruised all to h__l.A few stitches, a night ... Read More

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  • EM - I'm feeling the desire for a Ridge Zinfandel, but that would mean a ... ... been to Shriever AFB in Colorado Springs - is your friend working there?  Ah, I still have good memories of days from when I worked for a living.  Sorry to hear about that tree trying to take you out.  I suggest you go back and get that branch and drag it home an... Read More

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  • North of Taos, NM on the Colorado state line. Elevation 7,800 ft. Being in the Rocky mountains, the spring frosts and short growing seasons knock out most perennial fruit efforts each year. Grapes have secondary and tertiary buds that help overcome this if they get hit. Because of our good sunshine, we get to mature a crop. I am not so sure abou... Read More

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  • Interesting paper, Fox, which took me quickly back to that time, but it really ... ... he's gone on within Colorado to work on how fertilizers can be used to enhance aquaculture productivity for tilapia and the like. Somehow he seems to have some legal connections, too. Can't tell without further research if he's a lawyer himself or is a cons... Read More

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  • St. Kathryn Cellars Red Blend Grand Valley Blueberry Bliss NV


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    Wine review by Frankie67

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being so kind to me ... either Washington State or Colorado in a couple of years when my husbands contract is up. The peace of the corn fields we live smack in the middle of can be very nice ( if you try and put the evils of roundup ready Monzanto soybeans and corn out of your head) . ... Read More

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  • Forgot to mention the variation of adding an optional step between the ... for ... ... for now if you're in Colorado or Washington, or if in California and other states everyone has a prescription. Get some purple-dripping hydroponic and have everyone take a couple of ice bong (to protect the taste buds and throat) hits. The next couple of ste... Read More

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  • Boulder Creek Winery Merlot Blend Murphy's Choice NV


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Thank you for posting, Jon.  It is nice to read optimism. I'm not sure ... ... off" facility in Colorado that was normally unstaffed.  The problem was that stuff that people dropped off was being blown around (presumably, into the neighborhood) by wind.  The second one was in Paso Robles, where it looks like the hauler did not renew their cont... 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

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