When you think about it, the process of growing grapes for wine is a lot like a good marriage. Both require careful work and time to grow. Both weather seasons of change and unexpected storms. And the fruits of both only get better with age. That’s just one of the reasons why a winery makes the perfect setting for a destination wedding (alongside gorgeous vistas and amazing wines, of course!) But you don’t have to fly to Tuscany or Bordeaux – or even California – to say “I do” among the vines. Colorado has it’s very own flourishing wine country and Colorado winery weddings are one of the hottest destination wedding trends!
In fact, winemaking in Colorado started more than a century ago. However, many of the early vineyards were uprooted and replaced with orchards. Today, the industry is flourishing in our state again, with over 140 producers building a reputation for premium wines like Riesling and Cabernet Franc. While there are wineries across the state, many are based on the Western Slope.
Colorado winery weddings enjoy the benefit of the most romantic settings and our unparalleled natural beauty. And they are often a fraction of the cost of a destination wedding in California or Europe! Our climate is also fairly stable, so outdoor weddings are a good bet, especially between late June and early October. Plus, of course, beyond enjoying wine tastings, guests can also enjoy Colorado’s other attractions. For example, hiking, kayaking, and shopping at our exclusive boutiques.
Here are just a few of the venues offering beautiful Colorado winery weddings:
- Amy’s Courtyard (Palisade): Located on the grounds of Maison la Belle Vie Winery. This venue boasts scenic views of Mount Garfield and the surrounding vineyards, as well as a rustic chic barn.
- Colorado Wine Country Inn (Palisade) – A charming Victorian-style hotel in the heart of Colorado wine country. You can choose between a ballroom or covered outdoor pavilion with the feel of a vintage carriage house for your reception.
- River Garden Winery (Fort Lupton) – The region’s only waterfront vineyard venue, with unique wines and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains.
Not an oenophile? Colorado also has a thriving craft beer industry and a brewery or distillery makes for a wonderfully unusual venue. Some you may like to look at include Phantom Canyon Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, or the historic Briar Common Brewery in Denver.
Even if you don’t ultimately choose to have a winery wedding in Colorado, be sure to include some of the local beers and wines on your menu. It’s a great way to give your guests a taste of what our state has to offer!