Vail Wine Classic

Your Guide to CO Wine Festivals in 2024 (Thirst Colorado)

Alexandria Fox relies on Colorado mead and wine festivals to share (and sell) her locally made mead. Fox is the owner of Dragon Meadery, an Aurora craft meadmaker that is only open by appointment. The mead is also carried in select bottle stores, restaurants and wineries on the Front Range, but Colorado wine festivals allow her to reach eager new customers.

Winemaker Portioning Wine for Blending

Colorado Amateurs Making Great Wine on a Smaller Scale (The Daily Sentinel)

There is no shortage of wine competitions across the country, but the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology’s annual Amateur Winemakers Competition isn’t just about the awards for home winemakers. It’s about learning to make better wine. Amateur winemakers and the contest judges all gathered in a conference room at the Grand Junction Convention Center during this year’s VinCO conference in January to hear the winners announced, but also to get feedback from the panel of judges.

Retail Wine Shelf

Retail Wine Shop Owners Revel Sales Dip (Denver Post)

One year ago this month, Colorado’s Proposition 125 went into effect, allowing grocery stores across the state to sell wine.
Local wine and liquor stores said the impacts were immediate, as customers shifted their spending elsewhere. Clif Louis, owner of Cherry Creek’s The Vineyard Wine Shop, said his sales over the last year are down 36% compared to before the change.

Colterris Vineyard

The Best Colorado Wineries to Visit Right Now (Wine Enthusiast)

Elevation is everything in Colorado. The state boasts an average altitude of about 6,800 feet above sea level, making it the highest contiguous state in the United States. It follows that wineries in the Centennial State are similarly elevated—in both the literal and figurative sense.

Clear Fork Cider

Colorado Cider Scene is Ripe with Innovation, Experimentation (ThirstCO)

The year is 1860. Thousands of miners are pouring into Colorado each week, perhaps pausing on arrival after an arduous journey to look out upon the Rocky Mountains. But these miners aren’t here for the scenery. Instead, they are hoping to get lucky, find gold, and strike it rich

Restoration Vineyard Named 2023 Winery of the Year

Each year, The Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE) presents an Award of Excellence for Winery of the Year. This year, Restoration Vineyards in Palisade earned the distinction. “We are honored to be recognized by our peers, many of whom have inspired us. It’s great to be contributing towards increasing the visibility of Colorado wine,” says Gary Brauns, owner and “chief restoration officer.”

Celebrating Colorado Wine & Spirits (Wine Lady Out West)

You know what’s wild? For all the wine “holidays” and dedicated months celebrating specific wine regions, there is no Colorado Wine & Spirits month (yet)! Having lived in Denver for nearly a decade, and having tried numerous wines and spirits from across the Centennial State, I’m on a mission to bring more awareness to the many fine producers from there.

High-Tech Wine (CMU Now)

Colorado Mesa University’s Viticulture & Enology Program has received a $50,000 grant from ETS Laboratories in St. Helena, California, marking a significant boost for western Colorado’s winemaking industry. The grant, to be distributed in annual installments of $10,000 over five years, will extend ETS Laboratories’ sophisticated analytical services to CMU Tech and, by extension, the Colorado winemaking community.

Scroll to Top