10 Unexpected U.S. Wine Trails
Trail: Grand Valley
Number of Wineries: 18
Distance: 55 miles
Description: Colorado’s grape-growing regions range in elevation from 4,000 to 7,000 feet and contain some of the highest vineyards in the world. The hot days and cool nights encourage grapes to retain acids and build natural sugars. Due west along the I-70 corridor is the Grand Valley, birthplace of Colorado’s resurgent wine industry and home to 18 wineries. Located along the Colorado River, they form a rough triangle with points at Grand Junction, Palisade, and Whitewater.
Where to Sip: Plum Creek Cellars, located in the small farming town of Palisade on Colorado’s Western Slope, is the state’s most award winning winery. Be sure to taste its stellar 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Where to Stay: Los Altos B&B is a charming inn with panoramic views; you’ll feel like you’re part of the mountains and valley.