Feature

Bottled in Colorado

October 2000

In case you haven’t heard, there’s something big brewing in Colorado. Right under your nose, Colorado has become one of the hottest new wine-producing states in the country.

Barely 20 years old, Colorado’s wine industry has grown like untrammeled vines in recent years. In fact, no other state can claim a similar wine-production growth rate. This growth is reflected in the quality and diversity of the wines, which are gaining national recognition. For those willing to search them out, these mostly boutique wineries offer hidden treasures for every palate.

Few people are aware of the depth and breadth of Colorado wine, or even where the grapes are grown and the wines are made. In the past two decades, the industry has gone from ground zero to a seemingly endless stream of new wineries. The oldest existing winery in Colorado, now named Colorado Cellars, opened in 1978 just south of Palisade. In 1990 there were five wineries in the state; now there are 28?– and more are on the way.