The rich mineral content of the soil, intense sunlight, the mountain breezes that keep the nights cool, high altitude, water from the Colorado River, and mountain runoff are just a few elements that make Colorado wine country’s growing conditions exceptional. Based on 100-year old tradition, Colorado today enjoys a reputation for producing a wide variety of high quality wines. From Riesling and Cabernet Franc to wines made from peaches, plums, and honey, Colorado wines consistently win top awards for their quality. Some wineries are proud of producing wines solely from Colorado grapes, from their own vineyards, or from vineyards from all over Colorado. Others import grapes and juice from California or combine the two. Most use traditional, handcrafted methods combined with modern technology, resulting in unique, distinct wines recognizable as made in Colorado.
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Balistreri Vineyards is a family-owned and operated vineyard, winery, and tasting room located about ten minutes from downtown Denver. Balistreri’s wines are produced totally naturally with no preservatives in an approachable, easy-drinking style. The winery combines traditional winemaking methods with modern technology, producing award winning handcrafted wines one barrel at a time. They use grapes fermented in their own yeast, and the wines are unfiltered, unaltered by sulfites, unrefined, and aged in barrels made of American oak. The winery currently produces about 6,000 cases of wine per year. Visitors are invited to visit their cozy tasting room, sample their wines, and take a tour of the wine cellar and winemaking facilities. The tasting room offers seasonally inspired dishes, small plates, and lunch.
1946 E 66th Ave, Denver, CO 80229, Phone: 303-287-5156
2.Bookcliff Vineyards Tasting Room
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Located in Boulder, Colorado, Bookcliff Vineyards produce a large variety of wines that range from robust reds and pleasant whites to sweet dessert wines. All their wines are meticulously crafted using 100 percent grapes grown in their vineyards in Palisade, Colorado. Some of their wines are aged using oak barrels and some using stainless steel. The Bookcliff offers a guided tour of the winery and wine tasting of their wines accompanied by chocolate and cheese. They also offer a virtual tour of the vineyard. The winery also offers a range of events, chef’s dinners, library wine tastings or Fridays and a wine and cheese experience.
1501 Lee Hill Dr UNIT 17, Boulder, CO 80304, Phone: 303-449-7301
3.Carlson Vineyards Winery
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Carlson Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard and winery located in Palisade, Colorado in the heart of Colorado's wine country. They are focused on producing premium Colorado wines. Considered pioneers of the Colorado wine industry since 1988, Carlson uses only sun-ripened grapes and fruit grown at the elevation of 4,700 feet on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The result is easy drinking, distinctive wine. Visitors to their winery and tasting room have the opportunity to taste all their wines from their award-winning Riesling to the unique T-Red Lemberger and everyone’s favorite sweet Cherry 'n Chocolate. They can relax and enjoy not only the superb wines but also the scenic vistas of the Grand Valley and Colorado River.
461 35 Rd, Palisade, CO 81526, Phone: 970-464-5554
Colorado Cellars Winery is Colorado’s oldest and largest winery and the winery with the most awards. Founded in 1978 and family-owned and operated, Colorado Cellars started its life as Colorado Mountain Vineyards and today includes Rocky Mountain Vineyards and the Orchard Mesa Wine Company. The winery makes wine from the grapes grown in their own vineyard. They also keep bees for honey wine and make and bottle all their wines by hand. They have a fermentation and storage capacity of more than 29,000 gallons and annually produce about 12,000 cases of more than 20 types of wines: port wines, fruit wines, meads, champagne, and varietal grape wines. They also produce dozens of wine-based food items. The original winery is located underground under a hill overlooking the Bookcliff Mountains.
3553 E Rd, Palisade, CO 81526, Phone: 970-464-7921
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COLTERRIS is a family-owned estate winery located in Palisade on Colorado’s picturesque Western Slope. Their wines are produced from 100 percent Colorado grapes grown in their estate vineyards in the Grand Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) where favorable climate, volcanic soils of the Grand Mesa, and the Colorado River waters contribute to the intense flavors and rich color that make Colterris wines so special. Colterris is known for combining traditional methods of trellising vineyards along the Colorado River with modern technology. Colterris has two wine tasting rooms, the Colterris Winery Tasting Room, which is open year round, and Overlook Tasting Room, which is open seasonally.
3907 N River Rd, Palisade, CO 81526, Phone: 970-464-1150
6.Continental Divide Winery
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Continental Divide Winery produces all of their wines in a custom state-of-the-art winemaking facility in South Park (Fairplay) at the altitude of10,000 feet, making it the world’s highest altitude winery. Such high altitudes minimize oxygen exposure during crafting and aging wines, which brings forward the true flavors of the fruit. Using a patented winemaking system in an almost zero oxygen closed-cell environment for the wine production further capitalizes on the high altitude location. The winery also uses snow and the extreme temperatures to control fermentation instead of commonly used artificial mechanical cooling. They have two tasting rooms, in Breckenridge and South Park (Fairplay).
505 S Main St Unit A-4, Breckenridge, CO 80424, Phone: 970-771-3443
Cottonwood Cellars is a family-owned traditional European-style winery in Olathe, Colorado that uses equipment imported from Italy. The winery is located on a 52-acre farm on California Mesa. Mesa’s mild climate is known for its great suitability for growing all kinds of fruit. The winery enjoys magnificent views of the San Juan Mountains, the Uncompaghre Plateau and the Grand Mesa. In business since 1994, Cottonwood today produces 3,500 cases of wine a year. Their “reserve” red wines are aged in American and French oak barrels for two years on average. The winery has a lovely large yard that can accommodate up to 150 people for all kinds of celebrations. Their tasting room is located in the 2,500 square-foot building with a piano, old barrels, and case goods.
5482 CO-348, Olathe, CO 81425, Phone: 970-323-6224
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Creekside Cellars is a Colorado winery located in the heart of the small mountain community of Evergreen, about 30 minutes from Denver. The winery opened its doors to the public in 2000 and in 2002 planted Vinelands, their own vineyard in Palisade, Colorado. Creekside Cellars is also an Italian café with beautiful outdoor deck overlooking Bear Creek. The café offers excellent wine from Creekside’s own winery and superb locally sourced food. It is a popular destination for a pleasant relaxed lunch of a Panini sandwich, freshly baked Foccacia and Ciabatta, or an antipasto platter, all perfectly paired with Creekside’s award-winning wines.
28036 CO-74, Evergreen, CO 80439, Phone: 303-674-5460
9.D'Vine Wine Manitou Springs
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D’Vine Wine Manitou Springs is a small boutique winery located in the renovated historic Spa Building in downtown Manitou Springs. The winery imports the highest quality grapes from different vine growing regions and uses them to handcraft, ferment, and blend them to create about 20 different kinds of wine on their premises. The charming wine tasting room attached to the winery is a great spot to enjoy some great wines with crackers, cheese, or chocolate. The winery offers their clients the ability to be part of making their own wine, starting with wine tasting to find out the kind of wine they like, wine-blending, and even creating personalized labels for bottles. The winery staff guides guests through the whole process. It can be fun and exciting activity for individuals and corporate parties.
934 Manitou Ave Suite 108, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, Phone: 719-685-1030
10.Four Leaves Winery
Four Leaves Winery is a boutique winery located in downtown Durango across the street from the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad station. The winery uses grapes imported from all over the world, ferments them, blends them, and bottles them on their premises. Guests are invited to visit their tasting room attached to the winery. The charming, cozy environment is great for learning about wines, purchasing them by the glass or the bottle, finding a perfect gift for wine-loving friends and family, or even making their own perfect blend with the help of the winery’s experts. They can even help design a custom labels for their wine.
528 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301, Phone: 970-403-8182
11.Grande River Vineyards
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Grande River Vineyards planted its first grapes in 1987 and in 1990 produced its first wine. For a long time, Grande River was Colorado’s largest grape producer. By 2006, the owners Steve and Naomi Smith decided to downsize the farming operation and kept ten acres of their original land with about five acres of Merlot and Petit Verdot. They lease back and farm about five acres of Syrah and Viognier. Today, the winery produces 5,000 cases of wine per year. Their wines have won more than 300 awards. Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of their demonstration vineyard and a complimentary guided tour of the crushing area, barrels, fermentation tanks, bottling, and tasting room.
787 Elberta Ave, Palisade, CO 81526, Phone: 970-464-5867
© Hermosa Vineyards
Hermosa Vineyards, a small family winery in Palisade owned and operated by Kenn Dunn, was established in 2001. The winery is dedicated to producing the finest wines from grapes grown in the high mountain area of western Colorado. The wines are produced in very limited quantities. Hermosa Vineyards is part of the Grand Valley AVA, an oasis in the high altitude desert. It is the heart and soul of Colorado's wine country. The vineyards in Palisade take advantage of hot sunny days, cool nights, and water melted from snow on the mountain peaks of the upper Colorado River Basin. This rare combination of environmental conditions allows local vineyards to grow some of the finest grapes in the world.
3269 3/4 C Road, Palisade, CO 81526, Phone: 970-640-0940
13.Kingman Estates Winery
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Located in Denver near several other Colorado wineries, Kingman Estates Winery is a true urban Colorado winery dedicated to producing superb wines using grapes grown in the best vineyards of Colorado. All of the grapes are crushed, processed, and pumped into the tanks right in front of the winery building. In a fairly small space, the Kingmans produce about 42,000 bottles a year. The winery is packed up to its high ceilings with racks of barrels, four tall fermentation tanks, and other equipment. Tables and chairs are tucked between all the barrels, offering a space where wine aficionados can sip different wines, discuss their merits with other wine lovers, and watch the whole process develop all around them.
800 E 64th Ave, Denver, CO 80229, Phone: 720-560-7270
14.Plum Creek Winery
Founded in 1984, Plum Creek Cellars was among the Colorado pioneer wineries producing fine wines exclusively from grapes grown in Colorado. Plum Creek produces limited quantities of wine, as they are dedicated to quality and not quantity. Plum Creek holds Colorado winery license No. 10, making it one of the oldest of the state’s wineries licenses. The winery has 55 acres of vineyards planted in the state’s premier fruit-growing areas – Palisade and Paonia – in the areas best suited for each variety. Grapes are harvested by hand at the optimum ripeness and maturity. Plum Creek currently has a capacity of over 70,300 gallons, with more than 340 American, French, and Hungarian oak barrels. Winemaking and bottling is done on the premises and the small, nicely decorated wine tasting room with antique furniture and Oriental rugs is attached to the winery. There is also a nice covered patio and picnic area for those warm summer days and evenings.
3708 G Rd, Palisade, CO 81526, Phone: 970-464-7586
15.Purgatory Cellars Winery
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Located in Parker, Colorado, Purgatory Cellars sources most of the grapes from Colorado vineyards, taking advantage of Colorado’s unique climate and elevation and focusing on vineyards from the Western Slopes and Four Corners to the Front Range regions of Colorado. Owner Marko Copic brings 20 years of Old World and Mediterranean-style wine making experience, combining it with modern wine making techniques. This results in a significantly different wine to the rest of Colorado viticultural scene. Purgatory Cellars makes and ages wine in amphora containers, the practice going back 5,000 years to ancient Greek and Roman history. The amphorae are made in the country of Georgia from special clay. It is infused with beeswax and then baked in a wood-fired kiln. This technique provides unique flavors and characteristics different from any other aging method. Purgatory Cellars make about 3,000 liters per year of at least five varietals.
18921 Plaza Dr #100, Parker, CO 80134, Phone: 303-600-8209
16.Snowy Peaks Winery
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Snowy Peaks Winery in Estes Park, Colorado is a small, family-owned and operated winery that uses 100 percent Colorado-grown grapes from the Grand Valley and West Elks AVA’s. The wine is handcrafted in small quantities in the wine making facility beneath their popular family-friendly tasting room. The tasting room features more than 30 different Colorado boutique wines for sampling and sales, including award-winning wines made in Estes Park. Visitors can also enjoy locally made artisan cheeses, crackers, sauces, and other gourmet foods that go great with the wine selection. The winery also offers tours of the wine-making facility beneath the tasting room, open year-round.
292 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517, Phone: 970-586-2099
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Spero Winery is a family owned and operated winery in Denver, Colorado that uses grapes from Palisade and Colorado Springs growers in Colorado and Lodi, California. Their wines have won hundreds of awards at domestic and international competitions, from Double Gold to Best-of-Show. Wines are aged for at least two years and often four years. Spero Winery produces high alcohol wines; most of their wines are above 14 percent alcohol. The wines are bottled in imported Italian bottles that have long, elegant necks. The tasting room and event space are located in the original Spero Winery, which has a few tables to provide an opportunity for visitors to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine with friends. The shelves behind the tasting counter are filled with wine bottles from many different Colorado wineries.
3316 W 64th Ave, Denver, CO 80221, Phone: 720-519-1506
18.St Kathryn Cellars
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St. Kathryn Cellars is a specialty winery in Palisade, Colorado producing wines from the pure juice of fruit from the orchard and berry patch: raspberries, Palisade peaches, strawberry-rhubarb, lavender, and more. Their wines are unique, flavorful, and authentic, and they’re made to taste just like the fruit of origin. The winery ferments the real juice of the fruit and not concentrate. Their pomegranate wine is 100 percent fermented pomegranate juice. Their most popular is lavender wine made with 100 percent Colorado Riesling infused with locally, organically grown lavender. St. Kathryn Cellars are open for wine tasting every day from 10 am to 5 pm and offer gifts, gourmet foods, wine accessories, home décor, and fudge, also made on the premises.
785 Elberta Ave, Palisade, CO 81526, Phone: 970-464-9288
19.Sweet Heart Winery
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Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, on the banks of the Big Thompson River two miles from Loveland, Colorado, Sweet Heart Winery & Event Center offers high quality hand-crafted wines in a unique rustic-chic setting. They use grapes from small-lot vineyards and wineries in California and Colorado. With careful crafting, aging, and bottling their wines in their winery in Loveland, Colorado, they ensure the wine that is authentic, unique, and distinct. Their wine tasting room is open to the public seven days a week. The rustic charm and classic elegance of the Sweet Heart Winery makes it an ideal location for weddings or any other celebration or event.
5500 W US-34, Loveland, CO 80537, Phone: 970-646-4314
20.Talon Wine Brands
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Talon Wine Brands is Colorado's premier producer of a full portfolio of award-winning wines that includes two wineries and a meadery. Talon Winery is known for its classic style and fruity wines made from the finest quality grapes available. Their unique methods preserve and even enhance the flavors of grapes grown in Western Colorado’s high altitude desert, unique climate, and mineral-rich soils. To learn more about Talon winemaking and taste their wines, guests are invited to make a reservation for a tour. All their wines, including Talon, St. Kathryn’s, and Meadery of the Rockies, are made at the same production facility located in Palisades, Colorado.
785 Elberta Ave, Palisade, CO 81526, Phone: 970-464-1300
21.The Sweet Elephant at Vino Colorado Winery
The Sweet Elephant at Vino Colorado Winery started as a small production of peach wines from the owners’ own orchard in 2014. It soon grew into 22 different kinds of wines almost all from Western Slope Colorado grapes, ranging from full-body reds and cool whites to unique seasonal fruit wines and even desserts. While the wines are today made at the new, expanded facility outside the Citadel Mall, their original winery location in Old Colorado neighborhood is today a charming combination café, lunch spot, wine-tasting room, and an event location. Their paint classes combined with complimentary wine tasting are particularly popular.
2502 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, Phone: 719-635-1555
22.The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey
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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, established in 2001, is located in Cañon City at the crossroads of the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Cristos. The pastoral property is part of The Holy Cross Abbey, a monastery established by Benedictine monks in 1924. The wine is hand-crafted by the winemaker Jeff Stultz, from crushing to bottling, in the production facility located on the property. The tasting room, located in a 1911 Arts and Crafts cottage, was voted Best in Colorado by Colorado Business Magazine. Besides the selection of award-winning winery wines, the shop offers a range of French and Portuguese pottery, olive oils, vinegars, French linens, books on food and travel, and wine accessories.
3011 US-50, Cañon City, CO 81212, Phone: 719-276-5191
23.Two Rivers Winery
Two Rivers Winery is a family-operated winery located on 15 acres of land in the Redlands area of Grand Junction, Colorado at the gateway of the Colorado National Monument. The winery and the Chateau are quickly becoming a popular spot for events, weddings, and celebrations. They offer wines of the noble varieties in their elegant, beautifully decorated tasting room. Guests are invited to take a guided tour of the winery, sample their award-winning wines, and enjoy truly spectacular views all around. The owners and the winemaker are usually on hand to answer questions and provide information about the winemaking process.
2087 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81507, Phone: 970-255-1471
24.Wines at Vail Winery
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Wines at Vail Winery is a character-driven, small mountain winery in Wolcott, Colorado, specializing in handcrafted, small lots from grapes sourced in California. After ten years of receiving numerous awards from the Colorado Mountain Winefest Amateur Winemakers Competition, Vines at Vail officially became a commercial winery in 2014. Located within the Eagle Ranch, the winery has a charming tasting room in the heart of the production facility. On warm days, guests can enjoy their wines on the beautifully furnished, comfortable patio with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
4098 CO-131 W, Wolcott, CO 81655, Phone: 970-949-9463
24 Best Colorado Wineries
- Balistreri Vineyards, Photo: Balistreri Vineyards
- Bookcliff Vineyards Tasting Room, Photo: Bookcliff Vineyards Tasting Room
- Carlson Vineyards Winery, Photo: Carlson Vineyards Winery
- Colorado Cellars, Photo: Ildi/stock.adobe.com
- Colterris Winery, Photo: Colterris Winery
- Continental Divide Winery, Photo: Continental Divide Winery
- Cottonwood Cellars, Photo: photosiber/stock.adobe.com
- Creekside Cellars, Photo: Creekside Cellars
- D'Vine Wine Manitou Springs, Photo: Walenga Stanislav/stock.adobe.com
- Four Leaves Winery, Photo: VioNet/stock.adobe.com
- Grande River Vineyards, Photo: Grande River Vineyards
- Hermosa Vineyards, Photo: Hermosa Vineyards
- Kingman Estates Winery, Photo: Kingman Estates Winery
- Plum Creek Winery, Photo: pedrosala/stock.adobe.com
- Purgatory Cellars Winery, Photo: Purgatory Cellars Winery
- Snowy Peaks Winery, Photo: Snowy Peaks Winery
- Spero Winery, Photo: Markus Mainka/stock.adobe.com
- St Kathryn Cellars, Photo: St Kathryn Cellars
- Sweet Heart Winery, Photo: Sweet Heart Winery
- Talon Wine Brands, Photo: Talon Wine Brands
- The Sweet Elephant at Vino Colorado Winery, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey, Photo: The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey
- Two Rivers Winery, Photo: poplasen/stock.adobe.com
- Wines at Vail Winery, Photo: Wines at Vail Winery
- Cover Photo: Steven Miller/stock.adobe.com