Stacey, Retail Sales & Wine Club Director
October 24, 2014 | Terroir Tidbits | Stacey, Retail Sales & Wine Club Director

Wedding Bliss in Colorado Wine Country

A layer cake is a staple of most weddings, whether it be vanilla or a more exotic flavor, enrobed in buttercream or fondant, bedecked in whimsical decorations or fruit or flowers. But what they all have in common is multiple layers, and you can enjoy one after another! Canyon Wind Cellars’ setting for a wedding also has layers—the dramatic backdrop of the Grand Mesa, a foreground of our established Cabernet Sauvignon vines, family and friends all around, cool green grass underfoot, and a glass of our estate Colorado wine in hand (and some of that cake in reserve).

We just hosted our final wedding of the 2014 season at Canyon Wind Cellars this past weekend, everyone enjoyed themselves, and there were a lot of oohs and aahs during the sunset when guests were torn between looking at the gorgeous Colorado sunset or looking at its reflection emblazoned in red, pink, and orange on the Grand Mesa. Some prefer looking at the sunset’s reflection in their glasses of wine, which is another great alternative!

Having Canyon Wind Cellars available as a wedding venue is a relatively new venture for us. As newly minted second-generation owners of Canyon Wind Cellars, Jay and Jen Christianson couldn’t think of a better place to host their family and friends for their own wedding in June of 2010. Believe it or not, they had their wedding in our parking lot, and it was still so lovely that they realized the potential for many future beautiful weddings in our Colorado vineyard.

So they removed some of the Cabernet Sauvignon vine rows south of the parking lot in our Riverside Vineyard and created a space reserved just for weddings and special events. Yes, you can host your birthday party, family reunion, college graduation party, or business meeting at Canyon Wind Cellars! If you have visited our tasting room in Palisade, then you are probably familiar with our stone-walled courtyard and our big mulberry shade tree in front of the tasting room. That area can also be reserved for smaller weddings, events, and rehearsal dinners.

Many people choose to rent tents to shelter their party from the sun or in case of inclement weather, but the weather in Palisade is often very cooperative, especially in May, June, September, and October. There can also be something magical about sitting down to dinner under the stars after sunset. Some great ideas we’ve seen at weddings in our venue: arranging shuttles to drop off and pick up guests, arranging for a limo to drop off the bride and her bridesmaids in style, luminarias along the drive into the vineyard, lanterns along the path to the venue, a wedding that included a variety show performed by guests, and releasing doves that dramatically fly away after the pronouncement.

If you or someone you know may be interested in more information about a wedding or event at Canyon Wind Cellars, you can learn more by:

I would be happy to share the potential of our Colorado winery venue for your wedding or special event!


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