Sure, you’ve heard of California Wine Country, but what about Colorado Wine Country? Yes, it does exist and just happens to be flourishing! Denver is home to several urban wineries that import their grapes from Italy, California and some that grow them right here, in local Colorado soil.
We curated a list of our favorite wineries in the area, so grab your favorite wine-loving friends and hit the trail — we promise you’ll find plenty of new favorite spots along the way.
Photo courtesy of Balistreri Vineyards
Balistreri is a family-owned and -operated winery located just 10 minutes from downtown. Their wines are all created by hand without the addition of sulfites or other chemicals, winning several prestigious awards throughout the years. Served alongside lunch and small plates, this Denver staple is the perfect spot to relax any day of the week!
Bonacquisti Wine Company is an urban winery located in the quaint Sunnyside neighborhood. Locally owned and operated by Winemaker Paul Bonacquisti, a second generation Italian American, Bonacquisti produces some of the best regional and international wines in the state. Plus, their funky, industrial warehouse space covered with locally made art for sale is the perfect spot to taste their easy-drinking, award-winning wines.
Photo courtesy of Carboy Winery
In September 2016, Carboy Winery opened its doors with the promise to bring high-quality, delicious wines to Denver. They do that by working directly with vineyards and winemakers from all over the world and sourcing premier grapes, juice and single-varietal wine. When you visit this unique winery, not only can you take home one of their world-class wines in a bottle, but you can also fill up a one-litter Carboy growler right from the tap.
This family winery and bistro pairs fragrant, handcrafted wines with a curated menu filled with items like brie, panini and decadent desserts. We recommend visiting their LoDo tasting room during their “Wine Down Wednesdays” happy hour special from 4-7 p.m. for 10 percent off of all wines and 15 percent off small plates. Or stop by any evening, Tuesday-Saturday, after dusk for a special screening of a silent film while you sip your vino.
Photo courtesy of the Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
The Infinite Monkey Theorem is an urban winery in the RiNo Art District. They source their grapes predominantly from the Western slope of Colorado, resulting in top-notch, well-respected, deliciously accessible wines. In fact, their wines are so accessible, you can even get them in canned form at several different locations around Denver and Austin!
The Kingman Winery started with a dream, 10 acres and a bar in the Grand Valley of the Colorado River. The dream was to create Colorado Wines that are equal to, or better, than the wines from other great wine regions around the world — which we can say that they definitely do! You can stop by their cozy tasting room every second and fourth Friday and every Saturday and Sunday or pick up a bottle at a Colorado wine retailer near you.
Photo courtesy of Silver Vines Winery
Located in Olde Town Arvada, this sophisticated winery offers a wide range of handcrafted wines from their bestselling Grandview Reserve to the equally delicious and tantalizing Chocolate Delight. Settle in their upscale, yet casual space with a cheese plate and some great friends or stop by on Sundays at 10 a.m. for one of their wine-fueled yoga classes!
Spero Winery is a family-owned and -operated boutique winery located right here in Denver. Spero’s was founded by Clyde Spero, who has been making wine his entire life after learning the art from his father who came to America from Potenza, Italy when he was just 13. You can get a free taste of their award-winning wine every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Photo courtesy of Turquoise Mesa Winery
Friendship has always been the backbone of this Broomfield-based winery. Started by Tom Bueb and two other families, Turquoise Mesa Winery works to not only create great wine but also to form real friends in the community. Over the past five years, their wines have consistently won gold, silver and bronze medals from Tasters Guild International, Denver International and Governor’s Cup wine competitions!
Wild Women Wine is a small winery and tasting room located in the heart of downtown Denver. They import the highest quality crushed juice from California’s Central Valley and then ferment, blend and handcraft all of their wines in their urban winery facility. As an added bonus, not only can you taste their mouth-watering creations in their taproom — you can make your very own with the help of an experienced vintner! Gather your family or friends for a private bottling party where everyone gets the hands-on experience of bottling, corking, foiling and labeling your own personal bottle of wine.
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If you’re a Denver wine lover, let us know some of your favorite spots to grab a glass in the comments below!