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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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Colorado View all

  • Woody Creek Cellars

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

  • Cottonwood Cellars

    Cottonwood Cellars is a family owned winery with a vineyard, Cottonwood Vineyards. The Owners are...

  • Debeque Canyon Winery

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

  • Boulder Creek Winery

    From its modern laboratory to its traditional oak barrels, Boulder Creek Winery blends new world ...

  • Spero Winery

    We are a family owned and operated, premiere boutique winery located in Denver, Colorado. Becaus...

  • Surface Creek Winery & Vineyards

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

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