High Country Orchards co-owner Theresa High will introduce her first wine this weekend at Colorado Mountain Winefest.

High has been in the peach and cherry business on East Orchard Mesa for years, but she said she always dreamed of having a vineyard and a line of wines.

She planted cabernet, cabernet franc and Bordeaux grapes on a 19-acre plot near the orchard that her husband christened “Theresas Vineyard.” In July, she began bottling 1,084 cases of a 2008 cabernet sauvignon under the brand name Colterris Wines after the wine aged for 18 months in oak barrels. The brand name comes from “Col,” short for Colorado, and the Latin term “terris,” which means “from the land.

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  | by Emily Anderson, Grand Junction Sentinel