When you think of great wines, you think of California, France, Italy, Spain, and Colorado. Colorado? Indeed! We may not have the best Cabernets or Pinot Noirs, but we do have some lesser-known varietals that will rival the best in the world. Colorado Cabernet Franc is floral and herbaceous to the nose and loaded with notes of dark ripe plum with a toasty oak finish (typically found in the Loire of France), Colorado Merlot is wildly unique, the skins develop an intriguing array of spice from being at high altitude, and Teroldego (an Italian red variety) has a superb deep black cherry note. A few other grapes to keep an eye out for include Syrah, Petit Verdot, Bordeaux blends, Rieslings and Gewurztraminer.
The Centennial State is home to 150 licensed high-altitude wineries where you can try the best that we have to offer. Every year the Governor's Cup is held to determine who has the best wine in the state. Interestingly, 7 of the 13 recent winners came from just 3 wineries: Bookcliff Vineyards (Boulder), Colterris (Palisade), and Carlson Vineyard (Palisade). The remaining winners were from The Infinite Monkey Theorum (Denver), Monkshed Cellars (Minturn), Snowy Peak Winery (Estes Park), Whitewater Hill Vineyards (Grand Junction), Colorado Cellars (Palisade), and Red Fox Cellars (Palisade).
You don't need to go very far to sample some of our fine Colorado wines. There is likely a local winery near you! With over 150 options, you could spend weeks touring our fair state, enbibing on our local grape juice in some of the most beautiful settings in the world. Here is a list of the "can't miss" wineries across Colorado.
Aspen Peak Cellars
Blue Mountain Vineyards -
Continental Divide Winery
Turquoise Mesa Winery
Winery At Holy Cross Abbey
The Winery at Pikes Peak
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Vino Colorado Winery at the Sweet Elephant
Four Leaves Winery
Snowy Peaks Winery
Whitewater Hill Vineyards
Sweet Heart Winery
Carlson Vineyards Winery
Want to find other wineries near you? Check out this handy dandy winery locator map.
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