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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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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,...

  • Canyon Wind Cellars

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

  • Mountain Spirit Winery

    Mountain Spirit Winery opened in 1995 and is a family-owned and operated boutique winery nestled ...

  • 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...

  • Hermosa Vineyards

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

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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

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  • Cantena Malbec Catena Malbec 2006

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    Wine review by jennibartels


  • Casa Rondeña Viognier Grand Valley 2006

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    Wine review by morganlindsay


  • Beck-Hartweg Riesling Alsace Aoc Cuvée Prestige 2009

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    '09 Vin d'Alsace yellow straw hew, concentrated aromas of dried apples, guava and pear; abundant dried yellow fruit notes with wet rock minerality focused with racy acidity to a long, dry finish. A good and lean French riesling value for many food pairings. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • I stumbled onto this list of Top 10 U.S. Wine Destinations at a site called ... ... I am vaguely aware that Colorado had a wine industry, but I am surprised that this beat out, say, Columbia Valley.  Again, is this on the list because tourists are attracted to the area for other vacations?    &nbs Read More

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