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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 21 Activities in Palisade
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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Westminster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We liked everything we tasted! This was our third or fourth annual visit. We love the cherry & peach wines which are made from cherries or peaches (not grapes with cherry flavoring). They usually have written recipes for great ways to enjoy the wine. ie: chocolate covered cherry wine & hot peach cobbler in a mug. Yum

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

They spent extra time to let us know about their wines. They made a laugh and offer a really nice outside seating area! I don't have a huge palate for their wines, due to my big bold love for reds. but really enjoyed some wines I didn't think I would like!

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Gillette, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

If you love fruity wine this is the winery for you. The owner/winemaker is so friendly and loves to tell stories! Every time we go to the Grand Junction area, we come away with a case of wine!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We have visited various wineries in the valley and Carlson's remains one of our absolute favorites. The people are extreme friendly and informative. Enjoy tasting all of their wines and be sure not to miss the Sweet Gertz, Sweet Baby red and their Laughing Cat Reisling!

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Friendly winemaker/owner and a bit of a storyteller meets you at Carlson. He is modest about his successes in wine but just look at the pictures of him and news articles on the wall. Be sure to try his cherry cordial. You are in for a surprise and will take home the most unique of dessert wines and recipes and... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This was our first stop of four different wineries in the Grand Junction/Palisade area. We have been to California in Sonoma and Napa before so we went in with moderate expectations since Colorado is relatively new to wine. Carlson may not have the fancy tasting room but the family does an outstanding job of answering questions about their wines. Oh... More

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Loveland, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was the 4th stop on our wine tour so I really am uncertain how many of the wines I really liked by then after tasting so many, but I did buy the sweet gewurtztraminer which was very good (look for the blue bottle). The tasting part was so much fun, our pourer, Garret had a wonderful sense of humor... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The wines were delicious, the gentleman who told us about the wines was very friendly and helpful, and the outdoor sitting area is beautiful. We would definitely recommend spending some time here!

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Palisade, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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