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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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

Popular Wineries in Colorado View all

  • The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

    Several years ago, some simple Benedictine Fathers had a dream… a dream of a fine winery located...

  • Mountain Spirit Winery

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

  • Debeque Canyon Winery

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

  • Colorado Cellars Winery

    Modern day Colorado winemaking began in 1974 when Colorado State University – with a grant from t...

  • Carlson Vineyards

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

  • Guy Drew Vineyards

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

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