It’s a growing paradise in the valley
The Grand Valley has everything it takes to successfully grow crops, but peaches and grapes especially thrive here and make the area a favorite with those who know their fruit and wine.
The Orchard Mesa and Palisade areas are full of local farmers producing fruits and vegetables and tours can be found at eight orchards and farms and six vineyards and wineries in and around Palisade in addition to the Palisade Brewery and Peach Street Distillers.
The Palisade area also hosts 75 percent of Colorado’s premium wine grape vineyards. The area is known for its chardonnay, Merlot, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc.
Most orchards and wineries offer tours and have products available for purchase on their grounds.
For those enthusiastic about their food and wine, an event not to be missed is Colorado Mountain Winefest set for Sept. 15–18 in Palisade. Go to http://www.coloradowinefest.com for information.
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Canyon Wind Cellars — 3907 N. River Road, Palisade. Founded in 1991 by Christianson family.
Carlson Vineyards — 461 35 Road, Palisade. Small farm winery, big on taste and quality.
Colorado Cellars Winery — 3553 E Road, Palisade. First Colorado winery to produce Colorado grape wines.
Confre Cellars — 785 Elberta Ave., Palisade Famous pomegranate wine.
De Beque Canyon Winery — 3943 U.S. Highway 6. Wines produces in traditional style of extended barrel aging.
Garfield Estates Vineyard and Winery — 3572 G Road. Tasting room open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grande River Vineyards — 787 N. Elberta Ave., Palisade. Has received more than 300 awards.
Graystone Winery — 3352 F Road. Port house with double gold and gold awards.
Meadery of the Rockies — 3701 G Road. Produces mead, honey wine, fruit wine and grape wine.
Plum Creek Winery — 3708 G Road. One of Colorado’s most award-winning wineries.
Reeder Mesa Vineyards — 7799 Reeder Mesa Road, Whitewater. Specializes in estate grown Riesling.
Two Rivers Winery — 2087 Broadway, on the Redlands. Great wine and views of Colorado National Monument.
Varaison Vineyards and Winery — 405 W. First St., Palisade. Tasting room with a Victorian atmosphere.
Whitewater Hill Vineyards — 220 32 Road, Grand Junction. Family owned and operated farm winery. Great views from the tasting room.