Colorado Wine Industry Development Board
The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board is a semi-independent state board in the Colorado Department of Agriculture created for the purpose of encouraging and promoting agricultural and enological research and experimentation to develop maximum yields and quality from Colorado lands suitable to the production of grapes for commercial wine production, to promote the marketing of wines and wine grapes produced in Colorado, to promote the responsible consumption of all wines, to promote the integration of the Colorado wine industry as a component of the state's tourism program, and to serve as a resource for the entire wine industry of Colorado.
The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board of directors represents the wine industry’s breadth both regionally and through its diversity of business models. The Board is composed of 5 winery, 2 wholesaler, 1 grapegrower, 1 retailer, 1 Colorado Tourism Office ex-officio, 1 Colorado State University ex-officio and 1 public ex-officio representatives.
The Colorado Legislature created the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB) as a Type I board under the auspices of the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1990 under the Colorado Wine Industry Development Act. Colorado Revised Statutes 35-29.5 provides the legislative purpose behind the CWIDB’s creation, it’s purpose, membership, make-up, funding stream and spending mandates.
- Colorado Administrative Organization Act of 1968 §1, defines a Type 1 Board (24-1-105 CRS)
- Colorado Wine Industry Development Act (35-29.5 CRS)
- Legislative Declaration (§101.5)
- Creation and Members (§103)
- Duties and Powers (§104)
- Use of Monies (§105)
- Colorado Wine Industry Development Fee in the Colorado Liquor Code (12-47-503 CRS)
- Colorado Wine Industry Development Fund, revenue sources described in (¶1), sub-paragraphs (b) and (c) CRS)
Click on the Wine Development Act link below for the full text of the statute.
The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB) operates in accordance with the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) (§§ 24-72-203 and 204, C.R.S.) and the Open Meetings Law (§ 24-6-402 C.R.S.). All meetings are open to the public unless an executive session is announced in accordance with the Open Meetings Law (see above link). Every effort will be made to allow remote attendance to all CWIDB meetings using electronic technology when available. In general, the CWIDB uses Uberconference to webcast meetings (click on the link and follow log-in instructions), which also facilitates joining a meeting by phone, 720.515.1880.
Agendas for meetings will be posted on this site no less than 24 hours before all meetings.
Signed minutes from previous meetings of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB) will be posted on this website once appoved by the board at the following meeting.
Recordings of meetings are also available upon request. Contact Doug Caskey, executive director, 303.869.9177, for more information.
The CWIDB operates in accordance with the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) (§§ 24-72-203 and 204, C.R.S.) and the Open Meetings Law (§ 24-6-402 C.R.S.). All meetings are open to the public unless an executive session is announced in accordance with the Open Meetings Law (see above link). Every effort will be made to allow remote attendance to all CWIDB meetings using electronic technology when available. In general, the CWIDB uses Uberconference to webcast meetings (click on the link and follow log-in instructions), which also facilitates joining a meeting by phone, 720.515.1880.
2014 CWIDB Meeting Minutes
2015 CWIDB Meeting Minutes
2016 CWIDB Meeting Minutes
2017 CWIDB Meeting Minutes
2018 CWIDB Meeting Minutes
2019 CWIDB Meeting Minutes
CWIDB Financial Documents include the annual production and market-share report for Colorado wine, Colorado Wine Industry Development Fund fiscal reports with revenue and expenditures, as well as the spending budget adopted by the CWIDB for each fiscal year that runs July through June.
Board member resources
Members of the CWIDB can find useful documents here, such as travel expense reimbursement forms, the CDA tax exempt form, and the EFT form required for direct deposit of payments from the state, that must be accompanied by a signed W-9 form.
This section contains an assortment of documents detailing the operating procedures and other policies adopted by the CWIDB and those from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Revision adopted by the CWIDB on January 13, 2019.
The monthly reports filed by Colorado wineries with the Colorado Dept. of Revenue create the foundation for this report. Those numbers do not necessarily represent wine sold or wine produced, as each winery may file the report at a slightly different time in the manufacturing process. However, the report does provide an accurate year to year comparison about the volume of Colorado wine.
CWIDB contact list, updated February 2019.
This is the annual overview of CWIDB activities presented during VinCO 2018.
Part of the funding for the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board comes from ” an excise tax of ten dollars per ton of grapes… [on] all grapes of the vinifera varieties or other produce used in the production of wine in this state by a licensed Colorado winery or vintner’s restaurant, whether true or hybrid.” (12-47-503(1)(c)). As the Department of Revenue has not defined the term “produce” many wineries pay this tax while other wineries do not.
This document is a request and recommendation to DOR to define the term “produce” for the purposes of the excise tax above to standardize and clarify when the tax is due and payable. We are not asking for any new taxes and will not be introducing legislation, as this is most likely a policy change that might not even require rule-making.
It is the CWIDB’s and DOR’s position, that cider producers are subject to the produce tax even though they are exempted from the other wine development fees. DOR Form DR 0442 requests a calculation on the grape/produce tax (line 19-3) for Hard Cider.