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

Rebecca Toy
February 23, 2023
Colterris Vineyard
Photo courtesy Colterris

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. Colorado has long been associated with craft beer, but over the last decade, the region’s vineyards have earned notable accolades. Now, a united effort by the state’s winemakers to navigate challenges and elevate—pun intended—their offerings seems to be paying off.  

“We can afford to be innovative because we’re not pigeonholed,” says Barbie Graham, sommelier and tasting room supervisor at Carboy Winery, which has tasting rooms across the state. “It really allows winemakers to focus on terroir.” 

Highlighted Wineries

Carboy, Colterris, The Ordinary Fellow, Bookcliff, Sauvage Spectrum, The Storm Cellar, Qutori, Infinite Monkey Theorem, and Noble Rot.

Photo courtesy Kai Makin Photography

For the state’s vineyards, go west. Grand Junction is a gateway for Colorado’s two AVAs—Grand Valley and West Elks—and is only an hour’s flight from Denver. Palisade alone has more than 30 wineries hemmed in by looming mesas and cliffs and fed by the Colorado River. The West Elk Mountains are just an hour away.  

With so much mountainous terrain to cover, choosing where to visit can be tricky. For advice, we turned to industry professionals for the best winery experiences from the Front Range to the Western Slope. 

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