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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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Winter Park Winery

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

  • L.J. & S.L. Rhodes

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

  • Carlson Vineyards

    At Carlson Vineyards, wine is not treated as the nectar of snobs. All it takes is one step into t...

  • Canyon Wind Cellars

    Our family-owned Canyon Wind Cellars is named for the taste-enhancing crisp mountain breezes t...

  • Whitewater Hill

    Whitewater Hill Vineyards produces classic varietal wines at our farm winery overlooking our vine...

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