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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Colorado View all

  • Desert Moon Vineyards, Inc

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

  • J. A. Balistreri Vineyards

    Balistreri Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery dedicated to making fine-quality wine....

  • Augustina's Winery

    Augustina's Winery is one of the older Colorado wineries now dotting Colorado's Front Range. Lice...

  • Alfred Eames Cellars

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

  • 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...

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  • Rocky Mountain Vineyards Great Catherine's Spiced Nectar Mead Usa Colorado

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    Sweet (as most mead is) with hints of cinnamon and cloves. reminiscent of apple or pumpkin pie spice. 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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  • No written review

    Forum post in the topic Colorado winter vines by 1283147Tbandcwfjourney 1283147 Tbandcwfjourney


  • 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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  • Nice pictures Read More

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

    Forum post in the topic Colorado winter vines by 1283147Tbandcwfjourney 1283147 Tbandcwfjourney


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! by 1283147Tbandcwfjourney 1283147 Tbandcwfjourney


  • 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

    Snoothrank:

    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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