Could Boulder Be the Next Star on the Colorado Wine-Country Map?

June 22 2009, 11:24 AM

You may have enjoyed a glass of Boulder Beer at some point. So how about a glass of Boulder wine? That might be possible if the efforts of a cooperative are successful at LaGazza Vineyard & Estates. The 40-acre vineyard aims to be Boulder County's first commercial venture, according to the Daily Camera, which writes that members will begin planting their first seeds this fall in the hopes of harvesting the first sweet grapes by 2013. But there are risks: It costs $2,000 to $3,000 an acre to maintain a vineyard, and Boulder has comparatively unpredictable weather, difficult soil, and a shorter growing season. Of course, Colorado's Western Slope has been making vino for years, as 5280 noted last year, identifying a number of viticultural stars. Meanwhile, Hanson's Jack Rabbit Hill, a small agricultural town outside Hotchkiss, was recently certified as "biodynamic"--a distinction given to just 50 winemakers across the country and a cut above certified organic, according to Summit Daily News. The Vail Daily, on the other hand, takes a look at Larkspur's Wine University in Vail, where studies in France's "Holy Grail" of wine are offered.

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