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.

This presentation gives an overview of how the CWIDB markets Colorado wine as an agricultural product, touches on Colorado terroir, gives a brief history of wine in Colorado, including Prohibition, and a quick look at the three-tier system of beverage alcohol distribution implemented as a result of Repeal.