With its vines in Palisade but its winery and welcoming tasting room in Boulder, Bookcliff Vineyards makes five whites and 12 reds, among them a blend of merlot, cabernet, and malbec dubbed Ensemble. Settembre Cellars, also in Boulder, uses Colorado-grown grapes—cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, riesling, sangiovese, syrah—to make wines that give a nod toward Italy. The winery and barrel room are visible through windows in the modern tasting room.
Balistreri Vineyards, in Denver, offers Colorado-grown riesling and viognier as well as a range of red and dessert wines. Sip in the spacious tasting room, then settle in for lunch—arugula salad, carrot gnocchi, or a brie grilled cheese sandwich. A casual attitude prevails at Bonacquisti Wine Company, one of Denver’s first wineries, where in the tasting room, you can fill a one-liter growler with red or white wine.