CSU Western Colorado Research Center

Colorado State University’s Viticulture and Enology Programs are housed at the –
Western Colorado Research Center – Orchard Mesa,
3168 B 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81503

Dr. Horst Caspari
, State Viticulturist
970.434.3264 (x204)

Dr. Stephen Menke, State Enologist
970.434.3264 (x202)

More on the Western Colorado Research Center.

More on Colorado State University’s Concentration in Viticulture and Enology.

Summary of the 2016 CWIDB’s Research Survey of the Colorado wine and grape industry.


Economic Impact Studies

Industry Partners

CAVE | Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology

Colorado wine industry’s private trade association and the producer of –

The Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade

the third Saturday of every September in Grand Junction and Palisade, Colorado.

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WineAmerica, the national association of American wineries

The mission of WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy.
WineAmerica was founded in 1978 as the Association of American Vintners, a trade association of wineries with membership based in the eastern U.S.  By 1991, the association had expanded and merged with the National Vintners Association forming the American Vintners Association.  The association was renamed WineAmerica in 2003 to reflect its national role.
With more than 600 members, WineAmerica serves the interests of wineries in all 50 states by leveraging its formidable grassroots lobbying strength to benefit the entire industry.  Besides offering policy guidance and government affairs advocacy for the national wine industry, WineAmerica also provides member discounts for UPS shipping, TiPS responsible server training, ShipCompliant direct-to-consumer compliance services, and some of the best labeling and COLA advice available anywhere.

The Colorado Wine Board maintains a membership in WineAmerica’s State and Regional Association Advisory Committee.


Colorado Wine Industry Development Board

Wine Board Directors
Max Ariza
Public Ex-officio Representative
College of Culinary Arts Johnson and Wales University
Committee Assignment:
Tom Bueb
At-large Winery Director
Turquoise Mesa Winery
Committee Assignment: Quality, Research
Doug Caskey
Executive Director
Colorado Wine Industry Development Board
Committee Assignment: Marketing, Research, Quality, Outreach/Development
Dr. Horst Caspari
State Viticulturist
CSU Orchard Mesa Research Station
Committee Assignment: Research
Taylor Courey
Retailer Director
Coaltrain Wine & Liquor
Committee Assignment: Marketing
Dr. Tom Holtzer
CSU Ex-officio Representative
CSU Associate Dean of Ag and Deputy Director of the Ag Experiment Stations
Committee Assignment: Research
Neil Jaquet
Grower Director
Ambelos, LLC
Board Chairperson
Committee Assignment: Research
Doug Kingman
Eastern Slope Winery Director
Kingman Estates
Committee Assignment: Marketing
Jeff Knight
Wholesale Director
Southern Wine and Spirits
Committee Assignment:
Tom Lipetzky
Markets Division Director
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Committee Assignment: Colorado Agriculture/Government
Dr. Steve Menke
State Enologist
CSU Orchard Mesa Research Station
Committee Assignment: Quality, Research
Bret Neal
Western Slope Winery Director
Stoney Mesa Winery
Board Secretary
Committee Assignment: Quality, Research
Sue Phillips
Grand Valley AVA Winery Director
Plum Creek Cellars
Board Vice Chair/Treasurer
Committee Assignment: Research
Kyle Schlachter
Outreach Coordinator
Colorado Wine Industry Development Board
Committee Assignment: Research, Outreach/Development, Marketing, Quality
Ian Steyn
Tourism Industry Ex-officio Representative
Jellystone Park at Larkspur
Committee Assignment: Tourism
Ashley Vaughters
Wholesale Director
Old World Wine Co./Mistral Wine Co.
Committee Assignment: Outreach/Development, Legislative
Billie Witham
At-large Winery Director
Two Rivers Winery
Committee Assignment: Quality, Research