Cradled between the Book Cliffs and the towering Grand Mesa and nourished by the Colorado River, Canyon Wind Cellars has the premier location in the Grand Valley AVA for growing Bordeaux grape varietals. One of the largest contiguous pieces of agricultural property in Mesa County, our property encompasses 50 acres- 35 of which are planted with grapes.
The benefit to having such an expansive property is that we can support our entire production, which means that we never source grapes from anywhere else, making us one of the few (or perhaps only) estate wineries in Colorado.
Two vineyards closely separated in distance, yet vastly different in the grapes produced, make up the Canyon Wind property. The tremendous versatility in these vineyards gives Canyon Wind Cellars the ability to create wine with depth and focus while never having to leave home.
Located at the eastern end of the Grand Valley AVA on top of a bench above the Colorado River, this picturesque site is home to our original vineyard planted in 1991. Currently this vineyard is home to two blocks each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and one block each of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Chardonnay. This location was chosen because of the great soils – a glacially reworked, river eroded plateau of the Mesa Verde Sandstone formation. The soil is sandy and filled with large cobbles ranging from fist size up to large grapefruit size and ranging in depth from surface level to six feet below the surface. The vineyard is irrigated with a state-of-the-art drip irrigation system and great drainage is provided by the sandy soil and cobble bar. All of these factors combine to make wonderfully fruit-forward wines with good tannin integration; and with our low-intervention winemaking approach, yield elegant wines aimed at accompanying great food.
Planted in 2001 and 2002, this vineyard lies directly across the road from the Riverside Vineyard. This vineyard was planted with two more blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, and one each of Syrah, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris. In 2010, the Tempranillo was pulled out to make way for the fifth Bordeaux varietal, Malbec. Being further away from the river, this vineyard has similar soils to the Riverside Vineyard but they are covered by an increasing depth of sandy soil mixed with some lighter clay. This increase in soil depth along with the inclusion of some clay allows fruit grown on this vineyard to show more concentration and brighter fruit than the Riverside Vineyard.