Hence our name, Spoke and Vine welcomes all wine lovers! We are perfectly located at the hub of over 20 local wineries—19 of which have tasting rooms. Take a look at this guide for all vineyards and wineries that Palisade has to offer.
“In recent years, the vineyards here have produced award-winning varietals and blends, making Colorado a rising star in the wine-making universe. More important, it’s given active travelers yet another reason to visit this outdoorsy state, a place where you can push yourself to the physical limit by day, and then relax with a good meal (and an even better glass of wine) at night.”
—New York Times
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We’ve been on a mission to sample every winery in the area, and as you can imagine, some of the details are a little fuzzy (especially those that come later in the evening). We recommend self-guided bike tours, which are a snap using the handy color-coded wine and orchard map. Thirsty cyclists can follow bright blue “Colorado Wine Trails” signs marking the way.
DeBeque Canyon Winery
On the day we signed up for this motel-revival gig, a man named Bennett, DeBeque’s owner, strolled across the street to greet us with, naturally, a good bottle of wine. Some say his wines are the best in the region. He’s certainly our new best friend, and the friendliest vintner around.
DeBeque Canyon Winery is named for the lengthy canyon through which the Colorado River flows from the mountains into the broad Grand Valley of western Colorado. The winery is well known for full-flavored, oak-aged wines, especially Bordeaux and Rhone varietals as well as premium white wines and rich blended ports. Their wines have won national awards, especially the Claret, a Bordeaux-style blend.
The tasting room is charming. Old wooden floors, warmly stuccoed walls, comfortable seating—and good AC! If you're lucky, you'll also spot our favorite local food truck outside, Katy Q’s BBQ. View website.
Red Fox Cellars
This place is pure fun. We always have a good time when we visit. Along with delicious wine, they also serve wine cocktails. Who knew this was a thing?! Well it is, and the drinks are TASTY. View website.
Colterris has two locations: one by the river and one on the E 1/2 Road. Both offer a great venue for wine tasting. The team is knowledgeable, and the wine is some of the best in the Valley. For expansive views, visit the Mesa location; and for a more intimate experience with the grapes, visit the river location (it’s where the magic happens during crush time). View website.
Maison la Belle Vie Winery
Maison la Belle Vie is French for “House of Beautiful Life.” The grounds and tasting room will not disappoint. After tasting their wines, treat yourself to a charcuterie board to pair with your favorite bottle. Our favorite is their Petit Verdot, but definitely try their Vin De Peche, a Muscat fortified with peaches, a family recipe that has been handed down through generations since the late 1800s. They host special wine-paired dinners, so be sure to check their website for details. View website.
From Sunset Magazine, “We love Carlson Vineyards, where the tasting room is a shaded shed overlooking the vineyards, and owner Parker Carlson could be the one filling your glass. Try the tropical-tinged Laughing Cat Gewürztraminer.” View website.
This is one of the newer vineyards in Palisade, but don’t let that dissuade you. The friendly owners are meticulous in their craft, and the quality of the wine shows their passion. The tasting room is small but well done. The property is stunning with a newly remodeled barn and vintage Mercedes Benzes parked around the property. Very cool place that we highly recommend. View website.
Meadery of the Rockies makes an array of honey-based wines, all starting with pure, raw, orange blossom honey. Their “bee-loved” tasting room also serves up honey-themed gifts and honey-flavored local foods. The Meadery is a hive of activity where all their wines are created, aged, and bottled. Stop by the tasting room or call ahead to arrange a tour that takes you “bee-hind” the scenes. View website.
This is a must-stop if you like port, so naturally it’s always on our list. The tasting room is reminiscent of the old buildings in Tuscany. The team is knowledgeable and welcoming. View website.
Palisade Brewing Company
Micro-style beers brewed with local ingredients. After a long day in the saddle, down a Dirty Hippie, Hula Hoppie, or one of their seasonal beers. Palisade peaches give a fine finish to an IPA. You’ll find typical bar bites here. Note that if it can be smoked, they smoke it! (We’re talking meats, of course.) View website.
Peach Street Distillers
From fruit to glass, every spirit this distillery makes is handcrafted right here in Palisade with local fruits and grains, often upcycling local fruits that some foolishly deem “too ripe” for market. They're the oldest locally-owned distillery in Colorado serving up vodka, gin, whiskey, brandy, grappa, and many more fine spirits. Sit and sip inside or grab a table on the patio alongside the fire pit and let the day slip away over a few cocktails. If Bloody Mary’s are your thing, you MUST try theirs. You can choose a classic vodka or pick from one of the many house-infused vodkas. So good. View website.
Talbots Hard Cider Tap Room
This family-run business serves delicious ciders. Jeff is not even a fan of ciders, but he really enjoys their selection, which is not extra-sweet like many other ciders. They also have one of the best farm stands in the area. Definitely plan to stop in.
For more hot sips, we mean tips, about local wineries, check out this guide.