Winery and Vineyard

Memberships are $180 per year and are only offered to commercially licensed wineries and vineyards.

Allied Trade Partner

Allied Trade Partner

Memberships are $300 per year and are open to any other business or organization. This membership will include limited marketing and advertising within the industry as well as a listing on the CAVE website.


Individual and Family

Memberships are $95 per year and are open to any family or individual not associated with a business or commercial winery or vineyard.


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 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 the development and growth of the industry.

CAVE 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. VinCO was founded in 2011 as a trade event to bring winemakers and grape growers across the state together in an educational atmosphere.

VinCO Conference & Trade Show

Every January, CAVE coordinates the VinCO Conference & Trade Show. VinCO is the region’s premier grape growing and winemaking conference, bringing together top experts in enology, viticulture, and business to Grand Junction as well as networking, educational wine tastings, and an interactive trade show. CAVE’s purpose in hosting VinCO is to create a venue to discuss a variety of topics pertinent to our emerging wine region. As a CAVE member, you receive discounted conference registration and/or exhibitor booth registration for this event!


Colorado Mountain Winefest is the state’s premiere wine festival, receiving national acclaim from USA Today and the Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference! Welcoming thousands of wine enthusiasts from around the world each year, Winefest is an event not to be missed! Featuring unlimited sips of Colorado wine, live music, educational seminars and chef demos, a grape stomp, ice carving, and shopping from hand-crafted, artisan vendors. Taking place the third weekend of September in Palisade, CO, Winefest is CAVE’s largest fundraiser, bringing together thousands of wine enthusiasts from around the world to celebrate the latest vintages.


CAVE works hand in hand with a dedicated lobbyist who monitors on behalf of the Colorado wine industry, running legislation when it makes sense for our industry as a whole. Our dedicated and committed Legislative Committee meets regularly to keep a finger on the pulse of the ever-changing world of licensing, permitting, and regulation for our members. CAVE also works closely with our state viticulture extension specialist as well as our viticulture & enology department at CMU Tech, both offering additional education opportunities and training throughout the year.


Each year, our Amateur Winemaker Competition reaches dozens of aspiring winemakers across Colorado and beyond. The competition is judged by a panel of wine experts, educators, and winemakers who share their knowledge, expertise, and notes with entrants. Many amateur competition entrants have gone on to open successful commercially licensed wineries right here in Colorado.


Members of CAVE get access to a variety of benefits including:

  • Exclusive access to industry promotions and marketing efforts such as:
    -Print and digital advertisements promoting events and tourism in regional and national markets
    Monthly newsletters filled with important CAVE member and wine industry information
    Invitation to Colorado Mountain Winefest & VinCO
  • Representation on state and federal levels regarding issues impacting our industry
  • WineAmerica Membership
  • Access to discounts to attend educational opportunities and workshops
  • Opportunities to network with others in the industry at statewide events
  • Exclusive listings for buying and selling industry tools, equipment, grapes, and land
  • Ability to post upcoming events on our Event Calendar
  • Opportunity to vote for Board of Directors, run for the board, and participate on CAVE subcommittees as well as offer input and have a voice on CAVE programs and policy
  • Discounts on CAVE/Colorado Mountain Winefest merchandise (totes, wine glasses, posters, etc…).