We own and lease several vineyards
the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) located
near Grand Junction, Colorado.
Production of grapes from our vineyards began in 1998.
In 2002 (an unusual year of problems at other vineyards)
we produced 13% of the total Colorado winegrape crop.
The high desert climate of warm summer temperatures,
low rainfall, and ample irrigation water creates unique mesoclimate
ideal for the growing of fruit crops.
Most of the peaches and grapes grown in
Colorado come from the head of the Grand Valley
near the town of Palisade.
As Galileo noted, "Wine is
sunlight, held together by water." With
plenty of high altitude sunlight and water, the Grand
Valley provides ideal conditions for the production of
Bacchus amat colles -- Roman
Proverb (Bacchus loves the hills)
Three of our vineyard locations are
on Orchard Mesa, a predominant fruit
growing mesa that rises about 200 feet above and
immediately south of the Colorado River. The elevation of
the vineyards is about 4820'.
The mesa has exceptional cold air drainage into the surrounding valley.
Whitewater Hill derives its name from the hill that abuts our
vineyards on the mesa.
This projecting hill from the Grand Mesa
divides the Grand Valley of the Colorado from the Delta /
Whitewater Valley of the Gunnison.
The oldest vineyard is the 31 Road vineyard, aptly named because it is located
on 31 Road.
The vineyard consists of seven blocks,
Cabernet Sauvignon (1995),
Low Riesling (2010-2013),
North Merlot (2000),
High Merlot (2003),
North Chardonnay (2003).
The Cabernet Sauvignon is the oldest planting and
was planted to the best soil and location on the property for
The block is cobblestone clay soil
and has excellent cold air drainage.
It has produced quality grapes every year since 1998.
The High Merlot and Merlot blocks are also limited
to top of the hill locations for better winter survival.
The Low Riesling and Chambourcin are more cold hardy grapes
and are planted on the lower and colder areas of the property.
The Chardonnay and North Chardonnay blocks have had limited
production in recent years and will probably be reduced in
size in the future.
|31 Road Cabernet Sauvignon
The next oldest vineyard is located on 32 Road, which is also the location
of our winery and tasting room.
The 32 Road vineyard consists of seven blocks:
Muscat Blanc (2000),
Cabernet Franc (2000),
Roadside Syrah (2003),
St. Vincent (2014)
The entire vineyard is cobblestone clay soil and has excellent
cold air drainage -- it is a premium site to the surrounding area.
St. Vicent is planted in the lowest and coldest corner of the vineyard.
The Weigel Vineyard was planted entirely to Riesling in 2005.
Only the best location and soil was planted on the property
and is a premium site.
It has produced quality grapes every year since 2007.
Irrigation water to the vineyards on the mesa is
provided from the Bureau of Reclamation Grand
Valley Project on the Colorado River where water is
diverted and pumped using gravitational hydraulic energy
up onto the mesa. The project operates two canals, a
lower canal known as Number 1 and an upper canal known as
||Orchard Mesa Irrigation District
Pumping Station and Power Plant (1/6/4)
For additional information on Colorado winegrowing,
please continue to Colorado Viticulture.