The rich mineral content of the soil, intense sunlight, Colorado River water and cool nights are just a few elements that make the Colorado wine country’s growing conditions exceptional.
The buttes & mesas surrounding Grande River Vineyards radiate warmth down to the vines to ripen the crop to perfection in late August through October and protect the vines from severe winter freezes and spring frosts.
Grande River Vineyards was licensed in 1991 as the 5th winery in the state. They planted its first grapes in 1987 and fermented its first wine in 1990. Until 2006, Grande River Vineyards was Colorado’s largest grape producer.
By 2006, grape growing was firmly established in the Palisade area. Grande River Vineyards owner, Stephen Smith, decided to downsize the farming operation. He sold most of the vineyards to local fruit growers to concentrate on making great wine. He kept ten acres of the original operation, with about five acres of Merlot and Petit Verdot, and leases back and farms about five acres of Syrah and Viognier.
In June of 2021 the winery and it’s vineyards were purchased by Jean and Richard Tally, who own Wine Country Inn next door. In January of 2023 they welcomed their daughter, Anne Tally as a co-owner. Today these two properties form Colorado’s only wine destination resort.
Just off I-70 at Exit 42. Join us for our concert series and special events.
Located south off I-70 at Exit 42, driveway is under big sign.
From Hwy 6, 1 mile north on Elberta Ave.
Just east of Wine Country Inn.
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Meritage White (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend)
- Meritage Red (Bordeaux variety blend)
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Sauvignon