It often comes as a surprise to Coloradans—even those who enjoy wine—that their state has the fastest growing wine industry in the United States. Most who have purchased Colorado wine probably have heard of a few wineries.well, that’s the proverbial drop in the bucket.

The industry has come a long way since 1990, when there were four wineries nestled in one location in the Grand Valley. Today, there are 45 wineries in Colorado and new ones are opening every year. They are scattered across the state, from McElmo Canyon near the Navajo Reservation to Loveland at the foot of the Rockies. You’ll find them in mountain towns like Aspen, at a former monastery in Canõn City and even in the city of Denver.

And they’re having a positive impact on our agricultural industry..

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