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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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Colorado View all

  • Winter Park Winery

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

  • Whitewater Hill

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

  • Woody Creek Cellars

    Woody Creek Cellars, located in Woody Creek, Colorado, was founded in 2000 by Winemaker Kevin Doy...

  • Stoney Mesa Winery

    At Stoney Mesa Winery, wine is the product of passion and love for farming. Each bottle is hand ...

  • Alfred Eames Cellars

    Alfred Eames Cellars is located at Puesta del Sol Vineyards three miles south of Paonia Colorado ...

  • Debeque Canyon Winery

    DeBeque Canyon Winery is located in the Grand Valley Appellation in the heart of Colorado's fruit...

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Colorado on Snooth

  • 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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  • Infinite Monkey Theorem Malbec Grand Valley 2012

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    Red berries, cinnamon, pepper on the nose. Purple inky color.Not sure I can identify a distinct taste, acidic. 14.3%abvPut it at 2.5 until we taste a couple from Argentina and attending the Doña Paula VT Read More

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  • Debeque Canyon Winery Syrah Grand Valley NV

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    The wine looks Purple colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Cherry, Alcohol/Hot, Chocolate, and Tobacco. It tastes like Tobacco, and Chocolate. The body is Light/Medium. The wine has Narrow texture. The wine finishes Short. 15.9%alc Read More

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  • This makes me laugh, and realize we are pretty "normal"... ... our ... our case we live in wine dry Colorado so I will add not easily acquired wines to the list of special occasion wines.  We often have thoughts of let's buy two bottles not cases, and save one. Apparently collecting is a natural progression.  Time to remodel the basement : Read More

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  • Almost all of the grapes are in fact grown on the western slope.  Almost all of the wineries on the eastern slope are using grapes from the western slope.  There is one vinery in particular that is in the flood area.  St. Vrain, haven't seen anything in the news about them.  If I remember correctly when I spoke to them they grow on the western s... Read More

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  • I had not given any thought to this question, Mugwump, and, sure enough, you ... of the state down to about Colorado Springs.  I think most of the Colorado vineyards are farther to the west--the biggest city in that area would be Grand Junction.  There does not seem to be any "Breaking News" regarding flooding from that area, but, then again, ... Read More

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  • Does anyone have any understanding of what the impact of recent storms will mean for the 2014 vintage? Are they just totally wiped out? I can't find any information on this.  Read More

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  •  Ok, I know in the scheme of things we are just beginners, but don't ... pretty good grapes too? Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade Colorado.  September 19 thru 22nd. http://www.winecolorado.org/events/mountain-winefes Read More

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  • Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade Colorado.  September 19 thru 22nd.http://www.winecolorado.org/events/mountain-winefest/ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Festivals Across the US by 1283147Tbandcwfjourney 1283147 Tbandcwfjourney


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