Contrary to popular belief, winemaking is not a new activity in Utah. Namely, according to official records, the first wine made from grapes grown in Utah was introduced in the 1860s. This was actually the time when the first Mormon settlers came to this area. However, due to specific religious reasons, viticulture has stopped for quite a long time. Starting from the 1980s, Utah has witnessed the revival of winemaking. Today, there are dozens of vineyards throughout Utah and most of them are situated in picturesque mountain valleys making wine tasting in Utah an exceptional experience. The most popular grapes produced in Utah are Seyval blanc, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Riesling, and Merlot. Now let’s highlight the 5 best places for wine tasting in Utah.
The Hive Winery
The Hive Winery is not the biggest winery in Utah, but it sure has a unique offer. It is known for the honey wines and gluten-free wines. It’s located in Layton and it has won several awards for the best winery in Utah. Even though fruit wines that are offered in The Hive Winery are not usually used dinner wine, they can complement any meal and they can be used after or before you have a meal. The Hive Winery is offering a wide range of wines including Preacher’s Son Blueberry Honey Wine, Desert Sunset Peach Dry Oaked Wine, Blueberry Wine and Oaked Pioneer Red Black Currant Wine.
Iron Gate (IG) Winery
According to some experts, this is the finest winery and tasting room in Southern Utah. With years of experience behind them, IG Winery has managed to master the winemaking process. Today, they create world-class wines and many of them are sourced from vineyards in Washington, Oregon, and California. They also have a popular club for every wine lover out there. The winery is based in Cedar City and often organizes events like Christmas parties, Blue Moon Celebrations etc.
Castle Creek Winery
Situated about 15 miles northeast from downtown Moab, close to the Colorado River, Castle Creek Winery is the perfect place for those who enjoy good wine and natural beauties. The winery is located in a place that provides a fantastic view of the famous Colorado River. The first grapes for wine in this area were planted in the late 1970s. Castle Creek Winery has many different kinds of wines made from locally grown, tasty grapes like Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. They have managed to receive many awards for their wines.
Spanish Valley Vineyards and Winery
This is a relatively small local winery south of Moab. This family winery grows and produces Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling wines and Gewurztraminer. So, there are many fine dry wines and the best part is that you will get a chance to enjoy wine tasting at very low price.
Montezuma Canyon Ranch and Vineyards
The first vineyard on this ranch was planted back in 1974 and included the famous Utah black grape. Today, this ranch and winery have six different wine grape varieties. The winery was opened in 2007 and ever since then it is attracting hundreds of visitors every year.