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Weekend Getaway: Colorado's Grand Valley Wine Region

The heart of Colorado’s wine country lies in the lush soils of Palisade and Grand Junction, stretching across the Western Slope’s Grand Valley in an idyllic vacation destination.

This Colorado mountain desert region rests at 4,700 feet, with sun shining nearly 300 days a year and cool nights creating the model microclimate for growing balanced and flavorful wine grapes. As more Colorado vintners polish the fickle art of wine production, the rest of the country is starting to take notice. In fact, TripAdvisor named Palisade, Colorado in their “Top 10 Best Wine Destinations in the U.S.,” marking the only noncoastal wine region on the list. Air Charter Service also recently featured Colorado in their take of the Top US Wine Tours to experience — the region is clearly a favorite.

The Grand Valley Wine Region and its dozens of wineries, in-depth wine tours and welcoming tasting rooms are a wonderful respite for those seeking a luxury weekend getaway. Travel around the oldest and largest AVA (American Viticulture Area) in Colorado and learn about histories, traditions and innovations from experienced and dedicated wine lovers.

Area vineyards are producing impressive Rieslings, Gewürztraminers, cabernet francs and merlots, along with cabernet sauvignon, Shiraz and additional German-inspired wines. Bountiful local orchards lend to an abundance of mead and amazing fruit wines.

Hop from traditional vineyards to boutique wineries by car, limo or bicycle to taste a wide range of varietals. Some wineries rent cruiser bikes so you can pedal and tour at your own cadence. You may just discover your new favorite wine was grown in Colorado. 

Grand Valley wineries also host spectacular year-round events, including the Hear it Through the Grapevine Concert Series, Wine Into Winter, Barrel Into Spring Wine Tasting weekends, and special wine dinners. Don’t miss the popular Jazz Among the Grapevines Summer Concert Series presented by Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction.

With successful vineyards come elevated culinary experiences. Dine at sophisticated bistros and savor modern American dishes designed around seasonal locally grown produce from Palisade and Grand Junction family farms.

When you’re not busy wining and dining, tour downtown Grand Junction’s art galleries and shops, stop in to Palisade’s locally owned coffee shops and bakeries and visit pick-your-own fruit stands and markets. Set out on an adventure to hike and bike the gorgeous Colorado landscape or raft the scenic Colorado River.

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