Colorado Wine Travel Guide
Colorful Colorado is known for its majestic mountains, world-class ski resorts and tons of breweries. But for all the wine connoisseurs out there, Colorado is also home to two designated American Viticultural Areas (AVAs, wine growing regions) and more than 80 wineries, many of which produce award-winning wines.
This Colorado wine travel guide is designed to help you explore Colorado’s wine scene. Be it downtown Denver’s urban wineries, to the wine country in the Grand Valley, which Trip Advisor’s listed as of the Best Wine Destinations, alongside Napa, Sonoma and Willamette Valley. And, to everywhere in-between.
Short History of Colorado Wine
- The Grand Valley along the Colorado River between Palisade and Grand Junction.
- The West Elks along the North Fork of the Gunnison River between Paonia and Hotchkiss.
Colorado Wineries and Wine Trails
In the last five years, wine production in Colorado has increased by 70 percent, and for good reason. The growing conditions are excellent! Colorado grapes grow in regions that range from 4,000-7,000 feet, making these vineyards some of the highest in the world – only below Argentina. With 300 days of sunshine blended with Colorado’s high altitude, the climate consists of warm days and cool nights, perfect conditions for growing grapes.
Colorado Wine Trails
Colorado is home to two designated AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), one is located the Grand Valley near Grand Junction, and the other in West Elks near Paonia and Hotchkiss. Tasting rooms, however are setup state-wide. From the downtown urban wine trail to Boulder, Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and up to Grand Junction and over to West Elks. The state of Colorado boasts 80 wineries across the state and 120 licensed grape growers.
To explore all the wineries see the following map, or visit Colorado Wine Industry Development Board.
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Where to Sip
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- The best wine in Colorado according to the Governor’s Cup Competition
- Weekend Wine Tasting in Denver
Where to Stay
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Colorado Wine Festivals and Events
- Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
- Telluride Wine Festival
- Breckenridge Wine Festival
- Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival
- Steamboat Wine Festival
- Colorado Mountain Winefest
- Great American Beer Festival (Ok, we know it’s not wine but it’s super fun!)
Meet the Makers—Colorado Winemakers
Interviews with winemakers who are shaping the Colorado wine region.
Colorado Wine Resources
Full List of Colorado Wineries
There are two official organizations that support the Colorado wine industry, but many other “unofficial” groups. For historical information, updated wineries and other industry updates visit the following.
- CAVE: The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) is a member-based, trade non-profit that exists to encourage and support enology and viticulture in Colorado. The group hosts two of Colorado largest wine events, Colorado Mountain Winefest and Colorado Urban Winefest.
- Colorado Wine Industry Development Board: A state entity that works within the Colorado Department of Agriculture to support the growth, promotion and awareness of the Colorado wine industry.