Two Rivers Winery buys Amber Ridge, will double output

Two Rivers Winery announced Wednesday it will double its production with the recent purchase of Amber Ridge Winery in Palisade.

Production has increased from 2,000 cases when Two Rivers Winery opened in 2000 to 12,000 cases last season. Two Rivers owner Bob Witham said he projects output to increase to 24,000 cases with the new acquisition.

The Palisade location will serve as a production facility, while the flagship location on the Redlands will be open for visitors who want to taste the wines.

Witham said the economic slump will not scare him and his wife, Billie, from reinvesting in their business. This purchase is a calculated growth, he said, then joked about not wanting to sit on his assets.

Witham said some business owners might say it’s a poor time to expand, but he and Billie view it a bit differently. He said it’s a good opportunity for a small business like theirs to go out and set an example that it’s not all “doom and gloom” right now.

“We feel pretty assured with hard work and confidence we will be able to move forward,” Witham said.

Witham said Two Rivers Winery currently employs 10 people, and two more will be hired because of the acquisition.

Palisade town manager Tim Sarmo was excited about the news, saying, “We’re thrilled. This is huge news to Palisade.”

He believes Two Rivers Winery will help create a link across the Grand Valley.

“I love the chardonnay, and they are going to double their production,” Sarmo said.


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