At their 11th Street facility, Verso invites guests to sample its Colorado-made vintages of cabernet sauvignon. Anniversary parties, wedding banquets, and corporate functions of up to 40 people learn about the finer points of winemaking with fun tastings and classes, while smaller private parties relax with small plates, appetizers, and drinks. Visitors can sip and mingle amid wine barrels, or relish in the experience of tasting wine twelve feet above floor level.
Winter Park Winery's vintners handcrafts their wine onsite, creating unfiltered reds and whites that range from merlot and cabernet sauvignon to chardonnay and white zinfandel. The winery's tasting room seats 20 guests, making for an intimate environment in which to sample varietals by the glass, bottle, or case. Visitors seeking more from their experience can sign up for Winter Park's wine club, which ships bottles or cases of the winery's latest offerings directly to subscribers' front doorstep or drawbridge.
Thanks to its impressive selection of varietals from more than 95 local wineries, The Wines of Colorado has been lauded as "one of the most unique wine shops in the country" by Wine Trail Traveler and featured in the Wall Street Journal. Inside, a mural of larger-than-life bottles lines one wall, and an adjacent room houses an expansive tasting counter that stocks a lineup of bottles filled with Colorado reds and whites, which are often compared to Californian vinos. Their food has received it?s fair share of recognition as well, earning numerous awards, including Best Creekside Dining from the Gazette in 2010 and 2011. The chefs sizzle up signature buffalo wine burgers and creamy dill mahi-mahi, which guests can enjoy on the pine-tree-lined outdoor patio as they sip wine mere steps away from the burbling Fountain Creek.
Desert Moon Vineyards, named after the founders watched a full moon rise over the Grand Mesa, inspires palates with wines grown in a 10-acre vineyard and nearby Colorado plots. In the arid Grand Valley countryside, the vino experts harvest cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah in small batches with sustainable farming methods, such as minimal spraying and hand picking.
Sourcing grapes from California and its native Colorado, Ryker's Cellars' winemaker transform the fruit into mature, complex wines onsite. Available in six styles, the varietals range from dry, pre-dinner riesling to cabernet, with a rich, spicy bouquet of dark fruit, currants, and leather. Visitors can sample each of the wines at the tasting room or purchase a bottle or case to shatter on their cars before embarking on long journeys.