The travel site TripAdvisor said Tuesday one region in Colorado ranks among the best spots in the country for wine aficionados.
One of the 2012 Travelers’ Choice Wine Destination awards, which are picked from the traveler reviews and opinions posted on TripAdvisor, went to Palisade. Part of the Grand Junction area and known for its peach harvest, Palisade ranked No. 9 on TripAdvisor’s list of the top wine destinations in the United States.
TripAdvisor had this to say about Palisade:
“The wine business in Colorado was booming in the early 20th century—until Prohibition wiped it out. Many vineyards were replanted with fruit trees.
But in the 1970s, winemaking returned to Palisade, and the region now produces 75% of Colorado’s wine grapes.
Furthermore, in what is truly delicious irony, many wineries make fruit wines using local stone fruit in addition to traditional grape vintages.”
The list of the top 10 U.S. wine destinations can be viewed here.
California dominated the list, taking five of the spots. At the top was Sonoma County, Calif., followed by California’s Napa Valley. Before travelers chose Palisade, they named as their other favorite wine destinations Willamette Valley, Ore.; Finger Lakes, N.Y.; Long Island, N.Y.; Paso Robles, Calif.; Temecula Valley, Calif.; and Walla Walla, Wash.
Plymouth, Calif., was No. 10 on the list.