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Colorado Wines: What We're Making

A closer look at what types of grapes are growing around Colorado.
Barrels of wine at the Plum Creek Winery
Barrels of wine at the Plum Creek Winery
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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:

Merlot, 19.3%

Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.6%

Syrah, 15.4%

Chardonnay, 11.3%

Riesling, 8.5%

Cabernet Franc, 7.1%

Viognier, 2.9%

Gewurtztraminer, 2.4%

Sauvignon Blanc, 2.4%

Pinot Noir, 2.3%

Other, 10%