Colorado Wines: The Next Big Thing
When it come to wine regions in the world, Colorado probably doesn’t come to mind. With places like Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, California, and France dominating, Colorado vineyards have some tough competition. Being new to the industry, Colorado wines find it hard to compete against wine regions that have been famous for many years.
Regardless of the competition, Colorado wines are up and coming. In fact, Colorado has an advantage. Since it’s so new, it might be more exciting than the Napa and Sonoma Valley wines that we are all too familiar with.
How Many Vineyards are in Colorado?
The amount of Colorado vineyards may seem sparse, but this isn’t the case. Colorado currently has nearly 60 vineyards throughout the state. The mountainous region, which allows for hot summer days and cool summer nights, provides an ideal growing atmosphere for flavorful, acidic wine. The altitude, with most growing occurring between 4,000 and 7,000 feet, makes Colorado wine regions some of the highest in the world.
What Type of Wines are Made in Colorado?
Colorado wines are nothing if not varied. Popular wine in the region include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel. Like every wine region, different vineyards specialize in different types of grapes. Most Colorado vineyards are particularly proud of their Cabernet and Merlot varietals.
Where are the Best Places to Visit to Experience Colorado Wines?
As stated above, there are several vineyards throughout the state. However, to have the best experience Colorado wines have to offer, Grand Junction and Paonia are particularly popular. These areas are home to several vineyards and are dedicated to the promotion and education of wine. Colorado might not lead the wine industry, but as more vineyards arise, Colorado wines might find a mountain of success.
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