Posted by Kristin Owens | Oct 31, 2018 | NOCO Food & Drink

It’s no secret: Beer is a favorite Colorado beverage for residents and visitors alike. But there’s another industry fermenting right under our noses. Colorado is chockful of wineries growing in both size and scale. From corner to corner, the state boasts 140 commercial wineries, producing 178,000 cases in 2017. Varietals range widely from Rieslings to Pinot Noirs.

Why So Unique?

Soil, climate, and elevation all contribute to the finished product sipped from our glasses. And there’s nothing quite like Colorado’s natural conditions. Colorado soil is similar to Burgundy in France—clay loam with limestone gravel and a caliche base—all the right elements for terrific vines, says Wink Davis from Mesa Winds Winery in Hotchkiss. Yet, this type of soil combined with our Colorado climate provides, “a different spectrum of flavors,” he says. The North Fork Valley is ideal for growing: not too hot and with nice cool nights.

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