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The mountainous state with the capital Denver closes in the north of New Mexico and counts to the southwest of the USA, A viticulture was established here towards the end of the 19th century, but by the prohibition (1920-1933) completely shut down again and instead created orchards. It was not until 1968 that there was a new beginning. As AVA are classified the two areas Grand Valley and West Elks. Many of the more than 60 manufacturing operations are located west of the Grand Junction area of ​​the Grand Valley, some on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. About 75% of the vineyards are located at 1,400 meters above sea level, in Paonia (North Fork Valley), a vineyard is even 2,100 meters high. He is one of the highest of the world. The apt slogan of the Colorado wine industry is "More altitude, less attitude, analogously" more high-altitude, less cocky ". On the approximately 200 hectares of vineyards mainly European varieties are cultivated, the most common are Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer and Shiraz. Well-known producers are Aspen Valley Winery, Carlson Cellars, Canyon Wine Cellars, Cottonwood Cellars, Grande River, Mountain Spirit Winery, Old Town Winery, Pike Peaks Vineyards, Plum Creek, Shadow Mountain Cellars, Steamboat Springs Cellars, Stoney Mesa Winery, and Surface Creek Winery , Sutcliffe Vineyards, Terror Creek Winery, Trail Ridge Winery, Two Rivers Winery.

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