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The Essential Wineries and Meaderies of Northern Colorado

You may know Fort Collins is the Napa Valley of craft beer, but did you know we have our own little wine country right here, too? Crafted from grapes, fruit and honey, our local winemakers and blenders are creating some of the state’s best wines, and many are also working on the mead renaissance to bring back the world’s oldest alcoholic libation.

We rounded up the essential wines and meads made right here in Northern Colorado so you can track down sprawling vineyards, small family meaderies, and beautiful tasting rooms. Keep reading to learn more about each one and find your new favorite.

 

Blendings at The Preserve

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Blendings at the Preserve Fort Collins wineries

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Located in Fort Collins and open to the public, this unique wine bar and hands-on winery pours a regularly rotating selection of some of the state’s, the country’s and the world’s best wines alongside their own unique blends. They also invite patrons to blend their own custom wines so you can learn about unique wine tastes, experiment with blending, and get your creation bottled with your own custom label. For full details, hours and reservation information, click here.

 

Blue Mountain Vineyards

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Nestled against the foothills of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Rocky Mountain National Park, Blue Mountain Vineyards is a small, local operation producing wines as jaw-dropping as their natural landscape. When you visit the winery for an open or private tasting, you can taste signature blends, reds and whites, and you can also explore extensive gardens cultivated on site by the team.

 

Hunters Moon Meadery

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Using honey from their own hives (they have more than 60!), the family team behind Hunters Moon crafts honey wines with natural ingredients like wild Rocky Mountain huckleberries, organic lemons and spices like whole cloves and saffron. They brew in small batches from five to 260 gallons so their flavors—like Earl Greg with Earl Grey Tea, Kona Mikala with Kona coffee, and Moon Dance Cherry with Rocky Mountain Bing Cherries—are excellent every single time. To see this operation in action, you can even book a private tour of the meadery!

 

The Infinite Monkey Theorem

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The Infinite Monkey Theorem Fort Collins wineries

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The story of this urban winery starts simultaneously at 4,500 feet in Colorado and inside a Denver warehouse. Today, the team makes wine in similar urban warehouses in the River North Art District of Denver and East Austin with grapes sourced from the Western Slope of Colorado and the High Plains of Texas. Strongly representative of their communities, you can taste these wines in Denver, Austin and, now, Fort Collins! Opened in February 2019, their Fort Collins tasting room inside The Exchange brings their characteristically unpretentious attitude (and their iconic monkey logo, of course) right here to Northern Colorado.

 

Laughing Leprechaun Meadery

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Run by Guy McConnell—of Grimm Brother Brewhouse fame—Laughing Leprechaun Meadery has been generating buzz in Loveland for a few years now. Made by fermenting honey with water, Laughing Leprechaun mead includes ingredients like Cranberry Blossom honey, Mesquite honey and coffee to create flavors people already love. The team is also getting all their bees in a row to open a brick and mortar location in Loveland. For updates on the mead and the meadery, follow the team on Facebook here.

 

Lost Scout Mead

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Using honey sourced directly from local beekeepers and honey suppliers, Lost Scout Mead is a Fort Collins team making sessionable mead. When they open their Old Town tasting room in 2019, you can finally get a taste of their light and drinkable, cider-like beverages, and because these have a lower ABV than traditional mead, you can taste a wide variety, ranging from sweet to dry and herbal.

 

Mechalore Mead Works

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Mechalore Mead Works Loveland Colorado wineries

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Found in awesome flavors in shops throughout Northern Colorado, Mechalore Mead Works is a small mead operation run by Adam Thompson. With each new release, this family team impresses even more, and you can join the Mead Club for guaranteed access to regular seasonal releases. To see the newest releases, follow the team on Facebook here. And here, you can see who sells Mechalore Mead Works near you.

 

Miracle Stag Meadery

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Miracle Stag Meadery Loveland Colorado wineries

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Cellar Master and Meadmaker Árpád László Kovács founded Miracle Stag Meadery in Loveland in 2012 with the purpose of making mead of the highest quality. Proud of our bountiful surroundings, Laz uses several Colorado ingredients to create nine different meads representing five different styles. If you have questions about mead, Laz is your man and Miracle Stag is your meadery. To find out where you can purchase these bottles, click here.

 

River Garden Winery & Vineyard

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Bob and Mary Stahl planted their first vines as an experiment in 2005 to see if they could grown grapes in Eastern Colorado. Today, those vines are thriving and are still producing the grapes that go into River Garden wines. Each one is crafted by hand in small batches and you can taste all of them at the tasting room open on Saturdays in Fort Lupton. For more information, click here.

 

Snowy Peaks Winery

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In the Snowy Peaks tasting room, you can enjoy samples of their award-winning, handcrafted wines as well as select wines from some of Colorado’s best boutique wineries. It costs just $8 to sample five wines and each Snowy Peaks selection is made from grapes grown here in Colorado, including Merlot, Syrah, Viognier and Riesling. For more information on the food menu, the kids’ playroom and more, click here.

 

Sweet Heart Winery

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Sweet Heart Winery Loveland Colorado wineries

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Built from the belief that wine draws us together, Sweet Heart Winery is an intimate winery headquartered in the Sweetheart City. This family team kicked off their garage hobby in 2010 and has grown the operation into an eight-acre winery and event center. Using grapes from both California and Colorado, they craft wines that reflect all the love and dedication put into them. For information on visiting the tasting room, click here.

 

Ten Bears Winery

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At Ten Bears Winery, the small, local team grows their own Colorado grapes, the winemaker selects only the best, then they produce smooth, flavorful, handcrafted wines using French Oak Aging and their exclusive Winter Hibernation Process. This dedication has resulted in nearly 30 different wines and ciders ranging from whites and rosés to red and dessert wines. You can get a taste for Ten Bears in the remodeled tasting room, open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. For full details, click here.

 

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