Wineries

With its low humidity, warm days, cool nights and high elevation, Colorado has the perfect climate for producing premium wines. There are more than 70 wineries located on the Colorado Wine Trail, most offering tours and tastings. Colorado's wine country makes for a perfect escape.

Colorado's wine industry first took solid root in the early 1980s and has since grown almost exponentially. Since the formation of the Rocky Mountain Association of Vintners and Viticulturists was created in 1982, nearly 70 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms have sprung up in Colorado, and to the connoisseurs' delight, there's no end to their growth in sight.

Today, a governing body known as the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board handles much of the promotion and supervision of the wine industry as a whole. And under its stewardship, Colorado has found its place on the map for discerning palates throughout the world. In fact, of only 79 master sommeliers in North America, three live and work in Colorado.

Colorado is well versed in the aging of classic wines and the growing of local grapes, but the state's vintners also enjoy expanding on tradition and embrace a variety of blends and bouquets. Plums, peaches and cherries are among some of the fruits being creatively incorporated into the state's fermentations. For an aperitif, give one of these sweeter varieties a taste. Or, build your menu around their unique and sophisticated flavors and let the wine complement your entree.

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