When you think about wine countries in the United States, places like Napa and Sonoma come to mind. The atmosphere there is breathtaking, the vineyards are plentiful, and the wine is delectable. But you don’t have to go all the way to California for amazing wine, magnificent views, and romantic vineyards.
One of Colorado’s best kept secrets is the Western Slope’s wine country. Nestled amidst the mountains of northwest Colorado, between Grand Junction and Palisade, vineyards, wine trails, and B&B’s dot the countryside. You might be thinking Colorado is known for breweries and hops, not vineyards and grapes.
Colorado’s wine country has untouched beauty, amicable locals, and the perfect weather to produce award-winning wine.
This week At Your Pace Freestyle Cycling Adventures is going to give you some insight into Colorado Wine Country and what makes it stand out as one of the top new destinations for wine tasting and bicycle touring in the United States.
In 2015 Juliann Adams, executive director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, said that the region has seen an increase in tourism and visitors. Over 23 different states were represented at the yearly peach festival (Chicago Tribune, 2016). The region, typically known for its peaches and weather, can now add wine to the list, making the Grand Valley a must for this year’s vacation list.
Whether you enjoy the taste of a newly opened bottle, enjoy learning about the process behind your favorite blend, or just love sipping a good glass of wine in the sunshine, the Grand Valley is sure to please.
With weather unlike any other part of the United States, Colorado makes an ideal environment for creating vibrant wines. Coloradowine.com described it best: “Our warm valleys and plateaus, watered by mountain runoff, are some of the best vineyards between the West Coast and the Mississippi River. Colorado boasts over 300 days of sunshine every year and refreshing mountain breezes to keep the nights cool and invigorating.” The Western Slope and the Grand Valley have the conditions necessary for growing world-class wine grapes that reflect in the robust and complex flavor profiles found in Colorado’s award-winning wines.
Over 100 Colorado wineries produce wine ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, all the way to unique orchard variations only known to the region (thegrape.com).
So next time you are in the mood for a good glass of wine, just cross over the Rockies and cycle to one of the 22 wineries covering less than a seven-mile radius in the Grand Valley.
Discover why Rocky Mountain Vineyards are this summer’s best vacation option! Book your Colorado Wine Country Self-guided Bike Tour now by calling us at 970-776-0181.