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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Colorado - Wines with Altitude

Colorado is known for its mountains, but the fertile valleys and vineyards are equally enticing. Colorado’s abundant sunshine, warm days, cool nights and low humidity provide the perfect conditions for wine grapes that feature the complex character and chemistry required to craft award-winning wines.

From rich Chardonnays to robust Merlots to wines made from cherries, peaches, plums and honey, Colorado wines enjoy a well deserved reputation for top quality. Colorado’s grape growing regions range in elevation from 4,000 to 7,000 feet and are amongst the highest vineyards in the world.

Colorado's wineries are spread all over the state. You can plan a trip to almost every part of Colorado and find a wine trail to follow. Just look for the blue information signs with the “Colorado Wine Trails” logo. The wine routes will bring travellers along some of the most scenic and spectacular roads in Colorado.

The largest concentrations of vineyards are found in the Grand Junction region, along the Colorado River and in the West Elks region (Delta County), along the Gunnison River. The federal government has designated these two regions as American Viticultural Areas (AVA).

Some of the wine festivals taking place in Colorado in 2010 are:

June 5: Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival
July 24: Castle Rock Wine Festival
August 7: Vino and Notes Wine Festival, Woodland Park )
August 27 - 28: Mesa Verde Country Wine & Art Festival September 16 - 19: Colorado Mountain Wine Fest, Palisade
November 3 - 7: Denver International Wine Festival

For more information about top events in Colorado, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Colorado at www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-colorado.html

For more information on Colorado Wines visit www.coloradowine.org