Colorado is home to more than 170 wineries, including cideries and meaderies, that have long provided Coloradans with a wide range of wine styles and wine-tasting experiences. In a time when tasting rooms are shut down, local winemakers are using innovation and creativity to not only deliver wine to their customers, but to deepen relationships with their loyal followers by providing virtual tastings, educational sessions, and behind the scenes experiences into the winemaking process. Colorado’s award-winning wine industry, adds nearly $300 million to the state’s economy annually and supports more than 1,665 jobs. The industry has sustained an average annual growth rate well beyond 10% over the last two decades. “Now more than ever it is important that we support our local winemakers, just as we are supporting Colorado’s restaurants,” said Doug Caskey, Executive Director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. “These devoted winemakers work hard year-round to deliver us high-quality wine, so supporting local and drinking Colorado wine is something we all can do for our community and for our sanity.” Here are the ways Colorado winemakers are doing their part to keep their industry moving forward:
Curbside Pick Up Stay in your car, and the wine will come to you! Be sure to call ahead or order online at these wineries across the state offering curbside pickup: Talbott’s Cider Co., Carboy Winery (buy 6 bottles and get 1 free!), Creekside Cellars (limited food menu also available), Sauvage Spectrum Wines, Williams Cellars (also free delivery!), Vino Salida, Spero Winery, Carlson Vineyards (delivery only), Red Fox Cellars, Restoration Vineyards (also free local delivery!), BookCliff Vineyards, Black Arts Cellars, Sutcliffe Vineyards (also free delivery!), Grande River Vineyards, Garfield Estates, Black Forest Meadery, Creekside Cellars (to-go menu features Antipasto platter and bottle combo) and Talon Wine Brands.
Free Shipping: These wineries are waiving their shipping fees to Colorado residents: Stone Cottage Cellars, Buckel Family Wines, Two Rivers Winery Bonacquisti Wine Company, Creekside Cellars and Decadent Saint. More discounts and specials can be found on winecolorado.org, the website of the wine industry’s private trade association, CAVE.
Industry Discount: For all food and beverage employees out of work, Carboy Winery is offering a special industry discount.
“We are personally reaching out to each of our club members by phone to check in on their health, thank them for their support, and offer them various 3-packs at 30% off to be delivered locally or shipped for 99 cents if the total order exceeds $75.00,” said Larry Oddo, CEO of Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City. Colorado wines are also available in local liquor stores and select restaurants - which can now sell wine to-go during this emergency. For a complete listing of Colorado wineries, visit www.Coloradowine.com. Shareable images of Colorado Wine can be found here.
This article is a press release from Colorado Wine Industry Development Board