The mountainous state with the capital Denver closes in the north of New Mexico
and belongs to the southwest of the United States
, Winegrowing was established here at the end of the 19th century, but by the prohibition
(1920-1933) completely shut down again and orchards planted instead. It wasn't until 1968 that there was a fresh start. As AVA
the two areas are classified Grand Valley and West Elks. Many of the over 60 manufacturing operations are located in the west in the Grand Junction area of the Grand Valley, some on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Around 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," more high altitude, less arrogance. European varieties are mainly cultivated on the approximately 200 hectares of vineyards, 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, Surface Creek Winery , Sutcliffe Vineyards, Terror Creek Winery, Trail Ridge Winery, Two Rivers Winery.