The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) is a member-based, trade non-profit that exists to encourage and support enology and viticulture in Colorado. CAVE — one of two organizations that supports Colorado wine — promotes the interests of Colorado grape growers and wineries in legislative and political matters, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and disseminates current information pertaining to optimum winemaking and agriculture practices for vineyards in the area. CAVE seeks to establish contacts and relationships with other associations, both regional and statewide, to further development and growth of the industry.
It produces two major Colorado wine events:
Founded in 1987, CAVE was originally known as the Rocky Mountain Association of Vintners and Viticulturists. The organization was created to give a voice to the growing winemaking industry in Colorado. In 2010, the name of the organization was changed to its current name, which allowed for the organization to be more inclusive of all wineries across the state, rather than a certain region. The Colorado Mountain Winefest began in September of 1992 as the main fundraiser for the organization. In 2011, a second event, the Colorado Urban Winefest was launched on the Front Range. VinCO began that same year as a trade event to bring winemakers and grape growers across the state together in an educational atmosphere.