Sipping the Day Away: Where to Wine and Dine in Colorado

Looking for something new to do with your significant other, family, and/or friends? Why not go on a little winery tour at one of the many fine wineries found here in Colorado. When most people think of Colorado, they automatically think of beer and why wouldn’t they? We are renowned for our top-notch breweries and best of the best beers that win awards and continue to be a staple of our state. But not everyone is a beer drinker and maybe the brewery scene just isn’t for you, a different place to spend the day is in the Colorado countryside sipping on a glass of Chardonnay. Below is a list of a few wineries that offer tours and tastings to enjoy daily, making it convenient to head up to any of them when you have time.

Creekside Cellars, Evergreen – open 11am-5pm daily – They have won many awards and for a good reason. Located in Evergreen, this great winery also doubles as an Italian café.

Balistreri Vineywards, Denver – open 11am-5pm daily – Located just ten minutes from downtown Denver, this family owned and operated winery has been winning awards for a while. Have a tasting, take a tour, or grab a bite to eat.

Grande River Vineyards, Palisade – open 9am-5pm daily – Nestled at the base of western Colorado’s Bookcliffs mountain range, this is a place with a view. Looking over mountains and Colorado, you can enjoy tastings and walks around the vineyard.

Swirl Wine Bar, Manitou Springs – open Mon-Thurs 4pm – midnight, Friday 3pm – midnight, Sat & Sun 12pm – midnight – While it is not a winery, it is a place you should visit if you like to sip on good wine and have good conversation. They also have an amazing kitchen that works to pair local goods with great wines, who doesn’t like that for a nice meal?

Stoney Mesa Winery, Cedaredge – open 11am-5pm daily – Started back in 1989 by the Neal family who purchased a 50 acre farm in Cedaredge, the winery was established in 1991 and has continue to grow and produce amazing wines to this day. Visit their tasting rooms at either the Stoney Mesa Winery or their other property, Ptarmigan Vineyards.

Four Leaves Winery, Durango – open Mon-Sat 12pm – 8pm, Sun 12pm-7pm – They like to call themselves your personal winery and here is why; they import grapes from all over the world then ferment, blend and bottle the wine right in front of you. Go and taste wine, customize a special wine or design personalized labels to put on your own bottles.

With so many great wineries in the state, make sure to check them out if you have some down time and need to take a break from your busy schedule. Grab your wife or husband, a group of friends or your co-workers and go enjoy some great wine. 

Photo By: @BrigetteModglin   

Photo By: @BrigetteModglin