Grande River Vineyards

Grande River Vineyards

About

Grande River Vineyards make traditional Bordeaux-style wines using only the finest Grand Valley grown grapes. Our wine portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Meritage White, Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Meritage Red, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Desert Blush, Sweet Red, Semi Sweet, Late Harvest Viognier, and Tawny Merlot Port.

Location Description

Nestled at the base of western Colorado's Bookcliffs mountain range near the Colorado River.

Features

  • Producing world-class, award-winning wines in traditional styles.

Additional Information

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History

Grande River Vineyards, the fifth licensed winery in the state, planted its first grapes in 1987 and fermented its first wine in 1990. Until 2006 Grande River Vineyards was Colorado’s largest grape producer.

By 2006, grape growing was firmly established in the Palisade area. Grande River Vineyards owners, Steve and Naomi Smith, decided to downsize the farming operation and sell most of the vineyards to local fruit growers and concentrate on making great wine. The Smiths kept 10 acres of their original operation with about five acres of Merlot and Petit Verdot and lease back and farm about five acres of Syrah and Viognier.

Today, the winery is one of more than 100 Colorado wineries and produces 5,000 cases of wine per year.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Our whites are dry and fermented both in stainless steel to showcase the exceptional fruit flavors, and in oak barrels for just the right amount of flavor. Our reds are both Bordeaux and Rhone varietals made in a dry style to showcase the fruit, the terroir.

Awards

Grande River Vineyards is laden with hundreds of awards. Here are our most recent:

Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Bronze – 2014 Tastings World Wine Championships
Bronze – 2014 Colorado Mountain Winefest

Lavande Vin Blanc NV - (Lavender Infused Viognier/Semillon)

Bronze – 2013 Mesa County Fair

Viognier 2012

Silver – 2014 Colorado State Fair
Bronze – 2014 Colorado Governor’s Cup
Silver – 2014 Tastings World Value Wine Challenge (88 pts)
Silver - 2013 Tasters Guild International Consumer Wine Competition (83 pts)
Bronze - 2013 Beverage Testing Institute

Viognier 2011 (Out of Stock)

82 Pts. – 2013 Wine Spectator (1st review)
Silver – 2012 Denver International Wine Competition
Silver – 2012 Wine Lovers Consumer Wine Competition
Silver – 2012 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Silver – 2012 Governor’s Cup/AWS Colorado Wine Competition

Meritage White 2012

Silver – 2014 Mesa County Fair
Bronze – 2014 Colorado Governor’s Cup
Silver – 2013 Beverage Testing Institute (88 pts)
Silver/Medal of American Merit -2013 Jefferson Cup Invitational

Chardonnay 2012

Gold – 2014 Tastings World Value Wine Challenge (92 pts)
Silver – 2014 Mesa County Fair
Silver – 2014 Colorado Governor’s Cup
Gold - 2013 Tasters Guild International Consumer Wine Competition
Silver “Highly Recommended” - 2013 Beverage Testing Institute Wine Competition (85 pts)

Syrah 2011 (Out of Stock)

Silver/Medal of American Merit -2013 Jefferson Cup Invitational

Malbec 2012

Silver – 2014 Tastings World Value Wine Challenge 2014

Merlot 2012

Silver -2013 Beverage Testing Institute (89 pts)
Silver – 2013 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Bronze – 2013 American Wine Society- Governor’s Cup Wine Competition

Havin’ a Cow NV

Silver – “Highly Recommended” - 2013 Beverage Testing Institute

Cabernet Franc 2011

Best of Show Gold - 2014 Colorado State Fair
Gold – 2014 Tastings World Value Wine Challenge (93 pts)
Bronze – 2014 Colorado Mountain Winefest
Double Gold – 2013 Taster’s Guild
Silver – 2013 American Wine Society – 2013 Colorado Governor’s Cup Wine Competition
Bronze – 2013 Finger Lakes international Wine Competition
Silver – 2013 Beverage Testing Institute (87 pts)
Bronze – 2013 Finger Lakes International Competition

Sweet Red

Silver – 2012 Wine Lovers’ Consumer Wine Competition
Bronze – 2011 Colorado Cup Denver Wine Competition

Desert Blush 2013

Silver – 2014 Tastings World Value Wine Challenge (86 pts)
Bronze – 2014 Colorado Mountain Winefest

Semi-Sweet

Silver – 2012 Wine Lovers’ Consumer Wine Competition
Bronze -2012 Mesa County Fair Wine Competition

Late Harvest Viognier 2009

Bronze – 2014 Mesa County Fair
Silver “Highly Recommended” - 2013 Beverage Testing Institute Wine Competition (85 pts)

Tawny Merlot Port NV

Gold – 2011 Colorado Mountain Winefest Wine Competition
Silver – 2011 Tasters Guild Wine Lovers International Wine Competition
Bronze – 2011 Colorado Cup Denver Wine Competition
Bronze – 2011 Mesa County Fair Wine Competition

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Hours

Open seven days a week 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address

787 North Elberta Ave
Palisade, Colorado 81526
United States

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