According to the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, 85 percent of Colorado's vineyard acreage is planted in premium vitis vinifera varietals, with merlot accounting for nearly one-fifth of that amount.
Here is what Colorado vineyards are planting:
Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.6%
Cabernet Franc, 7.1%
Sauvignon Blanc, 2.4%
Pinot Noir, 2.3%