Top Wineries in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana

Wineries in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana showcase a diverse array of flavors from the region.

Bookcliff Vineyards has its winery and tasting room in Boulder, Colorado, picture
Bookcliff Vineyards in Colorado. 
John Garlich

Colorado Wineries

If you want to sip among grapevines, head south to Sutcliffe Vineyards, near Cortez in the Four Corners area, where cabernet and syrah meld in the sumptuous Down Canyon Blend. For a more urban scene, check out the offerings in the big cities.

a cluster of red grapes hangs on from a vine in one of Bookcliff's vineyards

Bookcliff Vineyards makes 12 red varietals. 

Courtesy Bookcliff Vineyards

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.

a woman pours wines behind the bar in the Ten Spoon tasting room

A stylish barn near downtown Missoula houses Ten Spoon's tasting room. 

Donnie Sexton

Montana Wine Tasting

Visitors to downtown Missoula do a double take when told that minutes away they can stroll into Ten Spoon Vineyards & Winery, where winemaking and tasting take place side by side in a stylish barn. Two of the 22 offerings—the citrusy Saint Pepin and blackberry-scented Range Rider—are made entirely from grapes grown in the Missoula Valley. Mission Mountain Winery in Dayton also has its own vineyard as well as a tasting room that overlooks magnificent Flathead Lake. A tangy, sweet riesling matches estate-grown grapes with ones from Washington and Idaho. Across the state near Miles City, Tongue River Winery employs grapes that weather the cold—St. Croix, La Crescent, marquette, frontenac—as well as other fruits from the northern plains. Wines poured in the no-frills tasting room range in flavor from delicate to robust.

Glassware from Jackson Hole Winery in Wyoming, picture

Glassware from Jackson Hole Winery in Wyoming.

Natasha Schroth

Wyoming Wineries and Vineyards

Set in Huntley on the Nebraska border, Table Mountain Vineyards & Winery makes wines from more than 10 kinds of estate-grown grapes, among them frontenac, frontenac gris, valiant, elvira, and marquette. Try the earthy red Cowboy Reserve with, say, a burger or steak. Jackson Hole Winery, at the foot of the Tetons in Jackson, uses California grapes to make a chardonnay and a red blend. Tastings (by appointment only in summer) take place in warm weather in a rustic barn overlooking Spring Creek; in cold weather, amid the barrels in the modest winery.


This article was first published in July 2016 and updated in February 2019.