Wine Tasting at Colorado Wineries
When you think of Colorado the first thing that comes to mind may be skiing, mountain biking and/or hiking. Wineries may not be at the top of the list but surprisingly Colorado has a growing wine industry. Most Colorado wineries are centered in the Grand Valley around Palisade, Colorado. Only a 15 minute drive from Grand Junction, it is a great location and provides many opportunities for day wine tours, tastings and picnics on the vineyard grounds.
The oldest existing Colorado winery is Colorado Cellars Winery. Producing a large selection of various wines, the tasting room is open six days a week for visitors to stop in and try their award winning selections. Meadery of the Rockies, also located in Palisades, is Colorado’s only meadery making honey wine, known as ‘the drink of the gods’ which was very popular during medieval times. Mead contains no grapes, but instead is made of orange-blossom honey.
There are three Colorado wineries located in Grand Junction, Two Rivers Winery, Whitewater Hill Vineyards and Reeder Mesa Vineyards. The Colorado Wine Room is just west of Grand Junction and offers tastings of over 25 Colorado wines.
Wine tours are available through local companies. Maps and additional information on Colorado wineries is available from the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau.