Katie Kelly Bell | Conde Nast Traveler
One of the joys of a visit to Napa or the Willamette Valley is the ability to pop from winery to winery with ease. Now, several American cities can claim their own cosmopolitan versions of wine country, with multiple tasting rooms and working wineries concentrated in downtown areas—many within an easy walk or ride from each other. For the cost of a day’s parking you can sip and stroll your way through wine country without leaving the city. Here’s where you can do it.
The Mile High City’s casual style of socializing is in full swing at counter-culture wineries such as Infinite Monkey Theorem, where wine lovers can sample kegged, bottled, and canned versions of Colorado’s up-and-coming wine regions. For true Denver terroir, visit Balistreri Wine, where the family converted its city flower farm into a vineyard. After racking up awards both instate and out, they continue to craft a wide selection of natural wines, all available at their tasting room. Colorado meets Italy at Bonacquisti Wine Company’s where winemaker Paul Bonacquisti, a second generation Italian-American, crafts small batch wines, including a Sangiovese, from Colorado vineyards.