In the 1970s, the wine industry experienced a boom and Colorado wineries exploded right along with the rest of the world. Colorado wineries have experienced tremendous growth in the last decade, but grapes have been cultivated in the Grand Valley since the late 1800s. The census of 1899 shows that Colorado produced 1744 gallons of wine and harvested almost 600,000 pounds of grapes.
Colorado is the last place that many people think of when they consider wineries. The high elevation and extreme winter weather would seem to make growing grapes impossible. However, the growers in Colorado have developed a technique that not only allows grapes to survive, but thrive under these less than ideal conditions. Since the late 1800s, grape growers in Colorado have developed methods to help their grapes survive and produce fine wines for the world to enjoy.
Some wineries in the area claim that the higher elevation and dryer air give their product a unique flavor that is not available any other place on earth. The Colorado wineries believe that the grapes that survive a Colorado winter contain all of the ideal characteristics of the finest wine making grapes.
Grande River Vineyards-Field Office
3724 F 1/4 Road
Palisade CO 81526
Plum Creek Vineyards Company
14139 3785 Road
Paonia CO 81428
Vineyard Management Inc
78436 US Highway 40
Winter Park CO 80482