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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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Colorado View all

  • Stoney Mesa Winery

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

  • J. A. Balistreri Vineyards

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

  • Colorado Cellars Winery

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

  • Surface Creek Winery & Vineyards

    A small family winery owned by Jim & Jeanne Durr, Surface Creek Winery is located in a premier f...

  • Desert Moon Vineyards

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

  • Bonacquisti Wine Company

    Denver's Urban Winery located in a funky industrial condo. Winery & Tasting Room Hours Thursday ...

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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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  • Cru Vin Dogs Golden Retriever Chardonnay 2006

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    Wine review by DanHoskins


  • Anemoi Boreas By Christianson Cellars 2009

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    Velvety smooth blackberry and lavendar nose. Nice complex oak. Mouth is full. Big tannins. Red Fruit and earth in finish Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Anemoi Zephyrus Grand Valley 2010

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    An interesting light/med-bodied wine, with flavors of herbs/spices/and figs Read More

    Wine review by Sara Weinbrom


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