By exploring Colorado’s only other designated American Viticultural Area outside of The Grand Valley, you will encounter the high-altitude terroir of the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River.
The high vineyards present significant challenges to the grape grower, those same elevations offer the winemaker unique and very desirable wine characteristics.
Leroux Creek Vineyards owners quickly decided to relocate from Vail to the North Fork Valley, where they purchased 54 acres to pursue their dream of starting a vineyard and country inn.
Instead of merely stopping by the vineyard, you can linger on Azura’s property by staying a night (or a week) in the cozy, terracotta-tiled guesthouse that Ty Gillespie designed.
High above the North Fork Valley, the picturesque Stone Cottage Cellars uses only Colorado-grown grapes to create its distinctive wine.
Mesa Winds Pinot Meunier is a Pinot related at the genetic level to Pinot Noir, a black grape and Pinot Gris, a bronze grape.