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Snooth User: mugwump718

Colorado wineries?

Posted by mugwump718, Sep 18, 2013.

Does anyone have any understanding of what the impact of recent storms will mean for the 2014 vintage? Are they just totally wiped out? I can't find any information on this. 


Reply by EMark, Sep 18, 2013.

I had not given any thought to this question, Mugwump, and, sure enough, you can't find any information.

However, the brunt of the floods seem to be on the Eastern slope--from the northern part of the state down to about Colorado Springs.  I think most of the Colorado vineyards are farther to the west--the biggest city in that area would be Grand Junction.  There does not seem to be any "Breaking News" regarding flooding from that area, but, then again, is there rain that is serious enough to affect the crop?

While it appears that most of the vineyards are not in the seriously flooded Eastern Slope areas, there are quite a few wineries there.  Now, are these facilities that crush grapes that have been trucked to them, or are they storefronts or tasting rooms that are located closer to denser populated areas like Boulder, Fort Collins or Denver?  I don't know.  Regardless, I would not be surprised if at least some of these facilities have been damaged.

Reply by Tbandcwfjourney, Sep 20, 2013.

Almost all of the grapes are in fact grown on the western slope.  Almost all of the wineries on the eastern slope are using grapes from the western slope.  There is one vinery in particular that is in the flood area.  St. Vrain, haven't seen anything in the news about them.  If I remember correctly when I spoke to them they grow on the western slope.  I say almost because I have heard of a couple of vineyards on the eastern side.  Although the western slope has not had "flood" events, they have had weather challenges this year.  Two April freezes that greatly impacted the peach crop, down 60% - 80%.  Over the last week there has been much rain, again not flood levels but steady rain and cooler temps.  What impact could those two events have on our wines?

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