Spending some time last week in Breckenridge for Spring Break also allowed me the opportunity to try my first Colorado wine, the Laughing Cat Riesling from Carlson Vineyards. It also made me realize that I knew nothing about the industry there, so I did a little research.
Colorado is currently home to nearly 100 licensed wineries, spread across two American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and five total distinct wine regions. The 2 AVAs are the GrandValley along the Colorado River between Palisade and Grand Junction and the West Elks along the North Fork of the Gunnison River between Paonia and Hotchkiss. Colorado has an estimated 120 grape growers tending nearly 1,000 acres of vineyards, and more than 90 licensed commercial wineries and wine tasting rooms, and continue to win top awards at international, national and regional competitions.
The Colorado Mountain Winefest is the third weekend of every September and looks to be a fun time as well as a good opportunity to taste Colorado wines.
I know we'll be heading back to Breckenridge, so I know I'll be trying more Colorado wines, looking forward to it.
Find more information on Colorado Wines at Colorado Wine.
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