There are more than 60 member wineries in the state of Colorado, producing vino in all points north, south, east and west. The primary growing regions are located along the Western Slope, with about 80 percent of the production coming from the Grand Valley, growing everything from Cabernet Sauvignon to lessor known varieties such as Lemberger.
Colorado has two designated AVAs (American Viticulture Areas). The Grand Valley is the major one, with the West Elks AVA near Paonia being the other. There, high-altitude conditions result in a cooler climate ripe for Riesling and Pinot Noir. But grapes also grow down valley in Delta and Montrose counties and the Four Corners region.
Of course, wine is made far from the Western Slope growing regions, with winemakers making award-winning juice in Boulder, Denver and more along the Front Range and in the mountains.
So you are never very far from a CAVE member winery. So get out there and explore a new glass of wine.