The High Vineyards of Colorado

Wine Enthusiast / June 5, 2017

by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

While Colorado may be best known for mountain and river sports, the state enjoys renown for other resources: fine cattle ranches, organically raised lamb, artisanal cheese and wine from more than 140 licensed producers.

The wine industry got its start in 1890 when Gov. George A. Crawford planted Colorado’s first grapevines near Palisade, in the western part of the state. After a nine-year gradual climb to 1,744 gallons of wine, 1916 legislation effectively halted wine production four years before the start of Prohibition.

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