That wine is from where?
A trip to 7 lesser-known wine-making regions.
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Colorado's Western Slope
Colorado is known for its mountains, skiing and many microbreweries. The western part of the state is home to one of the longest wine trails in the U.S. The towns of Grand Junction and Palisade are the perfect base for exploring one of the most unexpected vineyard paradises in the country, the Grand Valley AVA.
The altitude here is higher than most winemaking areas, but the dry climate brings good conditions for grape growing. The vineyards of Grand Valley sit between 4,000 and 7,000 feet above sea level. The soil and microclimates caused by the mountains and valleys in the region are said to imbue the grapes with rich flavors. Dozens of wineries are located in this area, and many also grow fruits besides grapes. Visitors are able to pick these other crops in season. This feature makes the Grand Valley AVA one of the few family-friendly wine tourism destinations in the world.