3 Wineries You Should Visit Near Highlands Ranch, CO

Colorado might be famous for beer, but you can get much more than a great brew in the state. The area around Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb, is one of America’s most exciting new wine regions. The following quality wineries have helped the region get the attention of wine connoisseurs across the country.

Carboy Winery

Carboy Winery also relies on its partnerships with other wineries and winemakers around the world. It sources superior grapes, grape juice, and single-varietal wine, which it works with on-site to create the vinos it’s famous for. These include rose, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and some unique blends. Carboy Winery also serves light meals and snacks, such as antipasto boards, skewers, soups, and desserts.

Visit during happy hour, which runs between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to close, for some great daily deals.

Where: 6885 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
When: 
Monday–Thursday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday noon to 11 p.m. Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

Water’s Edge

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Water’s Edge, a family-owned winery in nearby Centennial, sources the best grapes from around the world for its sustainable, low-sulfite wines handcrafted entirely on-site. Casting a wide net for its grapes means Water’s Edge can produce a diverse range of wines, from popular varieties like Merlot and Chardonnay to the more unique Barolo and petit Verdot. Water’s Edge also produces fortified ports and innovative fruit wines.

Taste the wines at Water’s Edge’s tasting room, which opens its doors six days a week. The tasting room also serves charcuterie plates and a unique wine ice-cream! Visit the bistro for snacks and light meals, including soups, salads, and pastas.

Where: 2101 East Arapahoe, Suite 101, Centennial
When:
Tuesday–Thursday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday noon to 10 p.m. Sunday noon to 7 p.m.

Purgatory Cellars

Purgatory Cellars does things differently, as one of the few wineries in the country and the only one in Colorado using amphora winemaking techniques. Purgatory Cellars produces select wine in large clay pots, called amphorae, just as ancient winemakers did as early as the sixth century B.C. Now modern winemakers, especially those in Europe and the Middle East, and wine lovers alike are falling for the complex, orange-colored wines this method produces.

In addition to amphora wines, including chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Riesling, Purgatory Cellars also has regular barrel wines. The sweet dessert ice wines, made from grapes frozen on the vines, also make tasting at Purgatory Cellars unique. The winery’s meat and cheese board for two is the perfect accompaniment to its wonderful wines.

Where: 18921 Plaza Drive, Suite 100, Parker
When:
Monday–Thursday noon to 10 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday noon to 11 p.m. Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

Tasting wine is a wonderful way to unwind on vacation, but you must be responsible. Book one of Highlands Ranch’s hotels close to the vineyards; then organize transport so you can indulge without putting yourself or others at risk. Highlands Ranch has several wine tour operators, ride share operators, and taxis who will happily transport you between these fantastic vineyards and back to your hotel.

A visit to one of these wineries will make your trip to Colorado complete. Indulge your taste buds and senses as you explore the best of what Highlands Ranch has to offer you.

 

 

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