Colorado Wine AVAs: Grand Valley
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Grand River, Colorado AVA
covers about 32 thousand acres (13 thousand hectares)
in the western part of the state and is home to most of Colorado's wineries.
It encompasses some of the highest vineyards in the world going up to .
an altitude of 4600 feet (1400 meters) above sea level.
High altitude on wine production means stronger sunlight and a cooler, longer growing season, increasing the
wine's flavor. The multiple vineyards are planted in Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Grand Valley Colorado Vineyards
West Elks AVA
occupies about 48 thousand acres (approximately
19.5 thousand hectares) in western Colorado. It boasts the highest commercial winery
in North America at 6400 feet (almost 2 kilometers). Most of the vineyards here are
at high elevations.
Popular grape varieties include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer,
Riesling, and Chardonnay.
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