Winemaking began in Western Colorado over a century ago, and has since grown into a thriving multi-million dollar industry. Of the 13 winning wines from the 2018 Governor’s Cup competition, 8 of them came from wineries in Palisade, CO. This small town located in the Grand Valley AVA offers three conditions that make its wine tasting experiences some of the best you can find in Colorado and in the nation.
First, its scenery. From the Grand Mesa overlooking the valley to the foothills of Mount Garfield gracing the small town with its unique veins, to being surrounded by the Colorado National Monument. Palisade has incredible 360-degree views that wine tasters and growers can’t get enough of.
Second, as mentioned earlier, Colorado’s weather plays a big role in growing superb grapes. The weather in Palisade offers slightly different, better conditions than some of the other vineyards in Colorado. Palisade typically has drier climates which helps to keep pests and diseases to a minimum. The combination of the radiated sun from the Bookcliffs and the nice breeze from the Colorado River create the perfect conditions for different wine flavors. Finally, Palisade ranges from 4,000 to 4,500 feet above sea level, which is slightly lower than other places in Colorado, providing the perfect conditions for wines like Syrah, Viognier, Rhone, and Cabernet Franc. The previously mentioned Grand Valley AVA is also responsible for producing 80% of the grapes cultivated statewide.
Third, the fruit, and especially the peaches! Palisade is not only abundant with grapes, but also juicy peaches and other fruit. These award-winning, and nationally-recognized Palisade peaches are often used to make unique peach wine that tastes oh so good! The fruit doesn’t end with peaches. Palisade and much of Colorado’s Western Slope produces many different types of fruits such as huckleberries, cherries, nectarines, and apricots that allow for numerous fruity wine options.