Wednesday, 11. June 2008
Colorado’s unique climate and elevation makes for some interesting vineyard practices. While we were visiting wineries in the Grand Junction area of the state, we noticed intense winds in the morning. Later in the day the wind would reverse direction. These strong winds are the result of the quickly changing area temperature. Yesterday while visiting Canyon Winds Cellars we discovered that the average rainfall is about 9 inches per year. While flying from Denver to Grand Junction, the rock formations and nearby land looked exceedingly dry. However, upon approaching Grand Junction, the area appeared to be an oasis among the red-brown area. One of the good points for the dry area and viticulture is that, unlike the East Coast which tends to suffer from high humidity, the humidity in Grand Junction is low and this eliminates many additional vineyard sprayings each year. Yes, Colorado does produces good wines.