For those readers who are not familiar with Colorado Wine Country,
several areas in western Colorado offer a mesoclimate and
alkaline soils conducive to the growing of self-rooted
vinifera grapes. According to Dr. Richard Smart, a
world-known viticultural consultant who has visited the area,
the climate of the Grand Junction area during the growing
season closely approximates LaMancha in Spain and the climate
of Paonia closely approximates the Yakima Valley in
Washington state. Both of these established wine-growing
regions are noted for their outstanding red and white wines.
My analysis in Colorado Terroir
presents a case for considering Colorado to have premium
Colorado offers a challenging climate to grow winegrapes
due to its continental climate. The Rocky Mountain Assocation of
Vintners and Viticulturists provides educational
materials for Colorado wineries and grape growers. See also Vineyard Aspect Selection In
As a result of the unordinary Colorado terroir,
the grapes from Colorado offer specific challenges to the winemaker
who is looking to create premium wines.
Please read our
Recommended Winemaking and Winegrowing Practices
With Colorado Grapes For Premium Wines.