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Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room

461 35 Road, Palisade, CO 81526
970-464-5554
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Ranked #4 of 18 activities in Palisade
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Wineries
Activities: Wine tasting
Owner description: While we take the art of winemaking seriously, we like to have fun too. A favorite since 1988, we're known for pioneering Colorado wines made from... more » Owner description: While we take the art of winemaking seriously, we like to have fun too. A favorite since 1988, we're known for pioneering Colorado wines made from local grapes and fruit, with names like Laughing Cat, Cougar Run, and a Dinosaur series. Carlson Vineyards, a small farm winery, produces premium wines in the heart of Colorado wine country above the town of Palisade, at an altitude of 4700 ft. Grape wines: Riesling, T-Red (Lemberger), Sweet Baby Red, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. Fruit wines: Cherry, Plum, Peach and Pearadactyl (Pear-Apple). Relax and savor the scenic vistas of the Grand Valley and Colorado River too. Located on Palisade's Fruit & Wine Scenic Byway around mile marker 6 on East Orchard Mesa. « less
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Palisade, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A must stop for wine tourists. Great history, wonderful wine, super owners and staff. 100% positive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

My wife and I just finished our trip through Colorado Wine Country and this was the most memorable winery we came across. Since it was the off season, we were the only ones in at the time. We had made no prior reservations before our visit. The staff was incredibly friendly. They set up the wine in order of tasting,... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Took my dad here after thanksgiving to sample some wines. They were having an open house so we were able to try a few different ones. They do lean towards sweet wines which are not normally my cup of tea but I did like most that I tried. Everyone here was very nice and we had a nice afternoon here.... More

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Denver, CO
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was by far the best stop we made during our visit to Colorado Wine Country. The staff is warm, friendly and willing to present and discuss the wines, regardless of how busy they may be at the time. They know their wines insdie and out. They get to know what you like or dislike in wines before they start... More

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This vineyard is a neat stop when touring the Palisade vineyards. As the third oldest winery in the state of Colorado, they have a history if making a good product. During several years of no grapes after prohibition the owner experimented with other fruits to make wine. This tradition is still carried on today. We recommend the peach and cherry... More

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colorado springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Really good wines, very friendly staff, and one of the employees stopped labeling bottles and took a good fifteen minutes to explain the process to us and show us the rooms where the wine is made. This is a quality operation with a generous tasting room...you gotta go!

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I'm from Denver and any time we drive through the Grand Junction area we stop at Carlson to taste and ultimately get some wine. They have a great selection, including some fun stuff. Make sure you try the cherry wine with the chocolate glass! I always pick up a bottle or two because it is a hit at every party!... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Stop here for fab fruit wines! Try the Fat Cat Muscat! Friendly staff pours from the top of a lengthy list on down. I really didn't want to start at the top;) as I wanted to try those that interested me more and I was more apt to purchase. Since Carlson is known for fruit wines, that's what I wanted... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Cool winery, glad we stopped. They predominantly served fruit wines and sweeter wines, which are not quite our style.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This was probably our favorite place, not only because the wines are amazing and have some unique flavors, but because the employees were so nice and fun! They were joking with us and gave us a run down on every wine they had, and they had A LOT to taste. They also have a beautiful backyard that you can sit... More

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