The 10 Best Wineries in Colorado!

Wine might not be the first thing you think of when you think of Colorado. However, the state is filled with award-winning wineries created with Colorado-grown fruits. The western slope of Colorado’s arid climate makes for the perfect place to grow grapes and peaches. If you are truly seeking the perfect Colorado wine, the wineries on this list are sure to deliver. Experience great tasting rooms and incredible flavors at these 10 best wineries in Colorado. 

1. Two Rivers Winery and Chateau, Grand Junction, CO

Located in Grand Junction just outside of the Colorado National Monument is Two Rivers Winery and Chateau. This family-operated winery offers six wines, most noteworthy are the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Two Rivers Merlot. This French-inspired winery has been pleasing guests since 1999. Enjoy the great tasting room and cozy lodging at the Two Rivers.

2. Carlson Vineyards, Palisade, CO

This Palisade winery is known for its award-winning Riesling and incredible fruit wines. Carlson Vineyards creates classic European wines on its small farm in the western slope. The grapes are locally grown and sun-ripened at an elevation of 4,700 feet. This vineyard has been a local favorite since 1988. 

3. Terror Creek Winery, Paonia, CO

Terror Creek Winery has the highest altitude, at 6,417 feet, of any winery or vineyard in the northern hemisphere. As you could have guessed, this winery in Paonia has a beautiful mountain setting. The winery is best known for its incredible Riesling, pinot noir, chardonnay and chalet wines. 

4. Sutcliffe Vineyards, Cortez, CO

Located in Cortez, Sutcliffe Vineyards creates handmade wines straight from organic ingredients. The obsession with top-notch ingredients have earned this winery national attention, being one of the most highly-regarded wineries in the Southwest. Guests will not be disappointed during a visit on the 12-acre vineyard. 

5. Balistreri Vineyards, Denver, CO

This family-owned winery located in Denver has award-winning wines that have been winning over customers since 1998. These handcrafted wines are made a barrel at a time in American oak barrels. The majority of Balistreri’s wines come from hand-picked Colorado grapes. Try Balistreri’s Colorado cherry wine, Syrah, Muscat or merlot. 

6. BookCliff Vineyards, Boulder, CO

BookCliff Vineyards in Boulder is an award-winning winery that offers over a dozen different wines varying from red to white to dessert wines. All of BookCliff’s wines are made from Colorado-grown grapes. Enjoy a variety of events at BookCliff, including chef dinners, wine pairings and barrel tastings. 

7. Maison la Belle Vie Winery, Palisade, CO

With an owner from France who gained knowledge from his wine-making family, Maison la Belle Vie Winery is sure to impress any wine snob. Translated as the “house of beautiful life,” Maison la Belle Vie Winery truly has a beautiful ambiance that’s matched by its beautiful wines. This Palisade winery has a 4.5-acre vineyard where the owner strives to grow only the best fruit for his wines. 

8. Hermosa Vineyards, Palisade, CO

Although not the biggest winery on this list, Hermosa Vineyards is sure one of the tastiest. Also located in the arid-desert of western Colorado in Palisade, Hermosa strives to create incredible wines from the finest fruits. Enjoy the vineyard’s most popular wines particularly the Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Cab Franc Rose. 

9. Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, Denver, CO

This urban winery in Denver approaches wine-making in a hip and unique way. Sure, Infinite Monkey Theorem might can their wines, but the flavor is still all there. All their wines are made from fruit grown on Colorado’s western slope. Yet the wine is made in an urban setting right in Denver.   

10. Snowy Peaks Winery, Estes Park, CO

Snowy Peaks Winery features incredible wines not only from their own stock but also from various wineries in the state. Located in the beautiful town of Estes Park, visitors to the tasting room can enjoy wines made from Colorado-grown grapes and food from Colorado artisans. Snowy Peaks even caters to parents by offering a kid’s playroom complete with juice tastings. 

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