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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

Popular Wineries in Colorado View all

  • Carlson Vineyards

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

  • Bookcliff Vineyards

    In 2008 we moved our winery to a new, larger location in North Boulder that allowed us to have ou...

  • Bonacquisti Wine Company

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

  • Desert Moon Vineyards, Inc

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

  • Two Rivers Winery

    Nestled between the gateways of the Colorado National Monument is our family operated winery. Alt...

  • Wine Boys, Llc/black Rock Vintners

    Our vision and mission is produce rich, fine, hand-crafted wines right here in Connecticut. At ou...

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