Colorado has approximately 120 grape growers tending nearly 1,000 acres of vineyards and more than 140 licensed commercial wineries – including approximately a dozen cideries and a dozen meaderies. These vintners produced 178,000 cases of wine during the 2017 fiscal year, which equaled $36 million in sales alone.

Colorado’s grape growing regions range in elevation from 4,000 to 7,000 feet and are the highest in the Northern Hemisphere and among the highest in the world, beneath only Argentina. We average more than 300 days of sunshine each year creating ideal growing conditions.

Colorado possesses two federally designated American Viticultural Areas (AVAs): the Grand Valley along the Colorado River between Palisade and Grand Junction, and the West Elks along the North Fork of the Gunnison River between Paonia and Hotchkiss. Together, these regions produce 90% of the wine grapes grown in Colorado. Wine grapes have also taken root in Montezuma (Four Corners), Fremont (Arkansas Valley), Boulder, Larimer (Front Range), Delta and Montrose (Western Slope) Counties.

Of Note: The Grand Valley made Trip Advisor’s list of the Best Wine Destinations in 2012.

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1. Riesling

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2. Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine grape varietal of the grape vine species vitis vinifera.  It is the most widely grown red wine grape variety in the world, and its wines were recently ranked as the most searched and sought after in the world. It can form a full-bodied, complex, fruit forward and dry wine when vinified correctly. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape has received most of its notoriety from being grown in the Bordeaux region of France.  Traditionally speaking, these wines taste of he ... Read More

3. Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white wine grape variety native to Burgundy, France. It's currently the most popular white wine grape varietal in the world and can have a diverse flavor profile depending where it's grown and if oak is used during the aging process. What Does Chardonnay Taste Like? There's no simple answer to this question. Chardonnay has one of the widest ranging tasting and aromatic profiles of any grape variety – both red and white. That's because the taste of Chardonnay is heavily influe ... Read More

6. Cabernet Franc

"Cabernet Franc is the lighter, laid-back, hippy father of the yuppie Cabernet Sauvignon.  Its bright in personality, and soft in its embrace." - Ashlee McRae Cabernet Franc likely originated in Basque country - where Northern Spain and Southwestern France meet along the coast of the Bay of Biscay. It settled into the romantic Bordeaux region of France in the 17th century, where it met its perfect match, Sauvignon Blanc.  Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc started off as neighbors bu ... Read More

7. Merlot

Merlot is a black and blue grape variety that produces softer, medium to full bodied dry red wine. It is currently the most extensively planted red wine grape variety in the Bordeaux region of France and the second most widely planted and popular red wine grape variety in the United States – just behind Cabernet Sauvignon. Classically vinified to be a dry red wine, Merlot grapes can have dramatic differences in flavor depending on the type of climate they're grown in. Many wine regions famou ... Read More

8. Viognier

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9. Pinot Noir

What is Pinot Noir Wine? Commonly referred to as the "noble grape" or "red burgundy," Pinot Noir is a blue-tinged grape variety that's classified under the vitis vinifera species of grape vine. This fussy grape makes a popular red wine and originates from Burgundy, France. While Burgundy continues to pump out some of the finest Pinot Noir wines in the world, high-quality Pinot Noir is grown and made today in many cooler climates around the world. In fact, a recent world-wide tasting ... Read More

1. Dry Red Wine

2. Dry White Wine

3. Red Blends

4. Varietal Reds

5. Varietal Whites

6. White Blends

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