(PALISADE, Colorado – July 18, 2015) – Locals call it the “million-dollar breeze.” It’s the breeze, they say, that makes this a growing wine destination in the heart of hops country.
The winds waft in over the Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat-topped mountains in the world and a key geographical feature here. Air flows between canyon walls, warming and then flowing out over wineries nestled near the Grand Mesa’s base. The 4,700-foot elevation, and the climate, which features sunny days, dry air and cool nights, create what local winemakers say are globally unique elements for their craft.
In a state known for breweries, people in Palisade want to make sure Colorado is squarely on the map when people want to visit wineries… Story by Alison Bowen/TNS, Chicago Tribune