Grand Valley
Grand Valley is one of two AVAs in the state of Colorado; much of the AVA is near the Colorado River. The climate is moderate and most vineyards are planted as high as 4700 feet above sea level. Winters are not cold, so growing seasons are long, making this an excellent zone for achieving ideal ripeness in the grapes. There is a mix of varieties planted here, from Riesling to Cabernet Franc to Syrah. While most wines are $20 and under retail, some of the local Cabernet Sauvignons are priced above $20; a testament to the ripeness of the fruit and structure of these wines. Successful examples of Port are also produced in Grand Valley; in all there are seven wineries located in the appellation. (Wine/Appellations)