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Snowy Peaks Winery
by
Kathy Sullivan

Summary: Snowy Peaks Winery & Tasting Room is located in Estes Park, a tourist town just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy a stop here to taste and purchase Colorado wines and gourmet foods.

Snowy Peaks WinerySnowy Peaks is owned and operated by Erik and Candice Mohr. The winery is located a short distance from the tourist center of Estes Park and the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Snowy Peaks offers local residents and tourists a delightful alternative to stopping for something to eat in a restaurant. In addition to the wine tastings available, Snowy Peaks has cheese, sausage and crackers to purchase. Small tables in a nearby section of the tasting room provide a place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine with light fare.

Snowy Peaks WineryThe winery facility is located below the tasting room where Erik uses French and American oak barrels. Erik uses mostly Colorado grapes grown in the Grand Valley and West Elks AVAs. Currently the winery produces 1100 cases and hopes to continue growing.

Snowy Peaks, a family friendly tasting room, provides a children’s area with toys and games to keep children happy while parents taste wines. Located in the “No Wine-ing Zone” children may taste juice.

 

Snowy Peaks WineryThe tasting room located on the first floor is bright with yellow walls and orange trim. An assortment of items other than wine are available to browse and purchase. Colorado produced gourmet foods are available. Browse the selection of olives, pasta sauce, bruschetta, Raspberry Wine Sauce and more. Consider purchasing picnic items to take with you on your way into Rocky Mountain National Park.

Snowy Peaks wines are only available in the tasting room. We tasted several wines while talking with Candice.

Snowy Peaks WineryWhite Wines

Oso White 2007 was a blend of 48 percent Cayuga, 33 percent Riesling and 19 percent Viognier. It offered an aromatic nose with citrus and tropical fruit. The taste reminds one of apricots and citrus. The finish was crisp and semi-sweet that dried on the aftertaste. Notice the unusual label. The label is the constellation Ursa Major, seen in the night sky throughout the year in Estes Park.

Riesling had a residual sugar of three percent. The aroma provided honey and citrus while the taste was smooth and fruity. This wine was semi-sweet that dried on the aftertaste.

Orange Muscat produced from grapes in the Grand valley AVA offered an orange and floral aroma. The taste was smooth with a great balance of sugar and acid.

Snowy Peaks WineryRed Wines

Cinsault 2006 offered a spice and black cherries aroma and taste. The finish was crisp with mild tannins. This wine would pair well with many types of food.

Mourvedre 2006 had a mineral and earthy aroma with a taste of pepper and blackberries. The finish was crisp with tannins.

Erik created Élevé 2006 by blending Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Viognier grapes. The resulting aroma was black berries, licorice and earthiness. The taste was fruity and the finish was crisp, with tannins and fruit.

Whether you are visiting the town of Estes Park or on your way in or out of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Snowy Peaks tasting room is a friendly place to stop and take a relaxing break.

Snowy Peaks Winery
292 Moraine Ave.
Estes Park, Colorado

GPS: N 40° 22.395’ W 105° 31.417’

 

 


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