Created: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:03:00 MST
Updated: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:17:12 MST
PALISADE, Colo.- Like fine wine, Colorado wineries age well over time. Now one local winery is receiving state wide recognition.
The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board hosted its 4th Annual Governors Cup Colorado Wine Competition.
Out of 183 wines from 26 wineries across the State, the Canyon Wind Cellars in Palisade was best in show, winning the 2014 Governors Cup for the Petit Verdot.
“A lot of very famous wine makers and judges in the wine industry come out to judge our wines so it’s a great competition to get an inside look at what people are thinking,” said Jay Christianson, Owner of Canyon Wine Cellars.
Canyon Wind Cellars is a family owned winery that’s nestled along the Colorado River between the Book Cliffs. The owners credit their award winning wine to its unique location.
“Thankfully, the winds that come out of the canyon keep our weather a little bit more moderate. We’re at less risk when there are freezes and it keeps the grapes and vineyard a lot happier,” said Jennifer Christianson, Owner of Canyon Wine Cellars.
The award winning wine will not only be sold across the country. The wine will be used for educational purposes at Colorado Winemaker Roundtable Discussions to improve overall quality of Colorado wines.
“Petit Verdo is one of the blending vandals from Bordeaux originally. A little less known and little less famous, but really a great wine. A bit bigger, a bit more concentrated pretty uncommon to find on its own which is what this is,” said Jay Christianson.
If you’re interested in trying out this award winning wine, it will be available next month at the winery.