Educational Resources

This section is filled with information for winery owners, wine grape growers, winemakers, tasting room staff and others related to the Colorado wine industry.

CO Wine Industry Newsletter Articles and Information

The documents and information on this page were originally sent out to the Colorado wine industry in the email newsletters from the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board.

If you would like to be added to the Colorado wine industry emailing list, please contact or 303.869.9177.

FSMA Compliance for Wineries and Vineyards

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 made the most wide-ranging changes to the growing, production and manufacturing of food, which includes beverages such as wine and cider.  This section provided resources for both wineries, subject to the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule, and grape-growers, under the Produce Safety Rule.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule for Grape-Growers

FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food (Wineries)

Historical resources

Access documents about the history of the Colorado wine industry here.

Quality improvement

Access resources on how to improve quality in the vineyard and in the winery.


Access videos and presentations here.

Responsible Server Training

The CO Wine Industry Development Board offers the TIPS Responsible Server Training in both in-person and live-streamed versions.  Please contact Doug Caskey for more information on these trainings, or 303.869.9177.

Viticultural Resources

This section contains resources for Colorado grapegrowers.

Cultivar Camp

USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funded program to provide an educational networking series for the Colorado Wine industry focusing on specific wine grape varieties.

From the Journal of the Western Slope (Volume 11, Number 2).

A promotional booklet c. 1896 from the Commissioner of Immigration for Mesa County, Colorado detailing the bounty and advantages of the Grand Valley.

The Rocky Mountain Association of Vintners and Viticulturalists and The Western Colorado Business Development Corporation requested that Compliance Service of America provide this report on the various options for winery licensing that would create greater opportunities for winegrape growers to turn their crop into wine.

Brief overview of 2018 Legislation that might impact wineries.

An overview of how the Food Safety Modernization Act applies to wineries and how wineries can comply with the new rules.

Barb Gasper, Focus Research and Strategy, Inc., conducted the consumer survey of 500 Colorado wine drinkers in the spring of 2019 for the CWIDB.  This is her presentation of the survey results and some marketing recommendations from her time in product development at Coors Brewing and in the beverage alcohol industry.  Presented at VinCO 2020.

Compilation of rules from the Code of Federal Regulations regarding record keeping to comply with the Bio Terrorism Act.  Developed for the CWIDB by Scott Roy, Food Safety Solutions, LLC.  Edited and presented by Tamla Blunt, Colorado State University Food Safety Training Center.

Overview of the record keeping requirements for wineries under the Bio Terrorism Act to maintain traceability of products.  Developed for the CWIDB by Scott Roy, Food Safety Solutions, LLC.  Edited and presented by Tamla Blunt, Colorado State University Food Safety Training Center.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has entered into a cooperative agreement with the US FDA to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, “, which establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.”  This article from Morning Ag Clips reprints the announcement from the FDA and outlines the agreement with other states working with the FDA, however, Colorado is included.

The CDA has teamed up with CSU Extension to create a resource and information web page to answer your questions about the Produce Safety Rule and FSMA.

Information about exporting Colorado products through the CO Department of Agriculture.

The digital ID available on is a state-approved form of proof of identification and age for the purchase of alcohol.  Please read this document to learn how to validate the digital ID.

Colorado State University’s Colorado Climate Center partnered with the Colorado Wine Industry Development board to create a map of Colorado areas best suited for viticultural exploration. Three major considerations for aspiring Colorado viticulturists are 1. Severity of cold winter temperatures (particularly in the late fall and early winter), 2. Soil texture, and 3. Access to irrigation water.

Cabernet Franc Cultivar Camp with Masterclass tasting led by special guest Ashley Hausman Vaughters, MW.

Merlot Cultivar Camp with Masterclass tasting led by special guests Sally Mohr, MS and Max Ariza, CWE.

Riesling Cultivar Camp with Masterclass tasting led by special guest Morten Hallgren, winemaker/owner Ravines Wine Cellars.

Syrah Cultivar Camp with Masterclass tasting led by special guest Jeb Dunnuck.

Wineries must register with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) as food manufacturers.  The CDPHE is also the in-state contractor for FDA’s compliance efforts under the Food Safetey Modernization Act.  Find the link on this page to register as a food manufacturer, and note that a winery is only responsible for the $100 annual application fee and not any additional registration fee.  Contact Jon Strauss, with any questions.

Although this guide comes from the early days of grape growing in Colorado, the information is still critical to the decisions of where to plant grape vines and which varieties to select.

Colorado Grape Growers Guide