Denver may be known for its massive collection of craft breweries, but there are also plenty of wineries making a name for themselves in the Mile High City. From small boutique locations to larger-scale winemakers, Denver’s urban winery scene is one that must be sampled.
Take a tour of the capital city’s growing wine scene. All of the wineries in Denver and the surrounding metropolitan area have fun tasting rooms to sample their fine wine, and perhaps purchase a bottle to take home or gift to friends and family. Some even offer tours of their facilities. Hours vary by location, so be sure to check if they’re open before you pay a visit.
Here are among the best wineries in Denver, CO, in no particular order:
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
As one of Denver’s premier urban wineries, The Infinite Monkey Theorem is best known for its canned drinks and wine on tap. For those interested in sampling their wines, which can be done directly from the stainless-steel kegs it’s made in, head to the River North Arts District location.
Made in urban wineries in Denver the Eat Side of Austin Texas, most of the grapes are sourced from the Western Slope of Colorado and the High Plains of Texas, they bring in local flavor in every can. Options available include red, white, and rose wines as well as canned creations that range from ciders and wine to bellinis.
3200 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205 | 303-736-8376 | theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com
Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery
Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery, also located in Denver’s RiNo District, is known for creating sophisticated wines from vineyards in California, Oregon, and Washinton. With a roaring 20s flare, their tasting room is a great place to enjoy a glass or flight of wine. Boasting a full menu, those interested in pairing a meal with a glass with their meal will have plenty of options to choose from.
On-site tours of the facility are offered and take visitors through the winery. Offering three tour options, guests can enjoy the VIP tasting which comes with a custom labeled bottle, the signature tasting with charcuterie, or participate in the winemaker for a day tour blending session tour.
With a range of sampling and touring options as well as the ability to purchase bottles on-site, Bigby’s Folly Craft Winery is a great place to enjoy a meal with delicious wine.
3563 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80216 | 720-485-3158 | bigsbysfolly.com
A cozy, family-owned winery, Balistreri Vineyards has been creating delicious wines since 1998. While the winery has grown over the years, it still maintains its Italian roots as well as the original land where the family business got started by growing carnations.
Now producing up to 6,000 cases a year, Balistreri Vineyards only uses grapes that are hand-harvested and brought in from high-quality vineyards from Colorado and sometimes, California. Their wine is unfiltered and aged in American oak barrels, not using any sulfites to allow their wines to remain completely natural.
Choose from Colorado favorites including, the Colorado Petite Sirah, Colorado Little Feet Merlot, and the Colorado Malbec. The winery is open for wine tastings, tours, and lunch seven days a week.
1946 E. 66th Avenue, Denver, CO 80229 | 303-287-5156 | balistreriwine.com
Carboy Winery is a Colorado-based winery that works with other winemakers and vineyards from around the world to produce its brand of Carboy wines. Using grapes harvested from regions in Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington, Carboy offers a variety of wines to suit every pallet.
Unique to Carboy Winery is the ability to purchase a one-liter refillable growler that comes from their tap. Moreover, guests can discover 12 different wines in the tasting rooms, including the Carboy Merlot, Pinot Gris, Carboy Red Blend, and Carboy White Blend.
With locations in Littleton, Breckenridge, Palisade, and Denver, each tasting room offers a variety of winery experiences with tours, wine pairing tastings, and unique food samplings.
400 East 7th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203 (newest location) | 720-617-9410 | carboywinery.com
Deep Roots Winery & Bistro
Family-owned and operated, Deep Roots Winery & Bistro is a great place to enjoy a glass of wine paired with delicious food. Offering a bit of uniqueness and yet familiarity, the winery produces 19 different wines, including whites, reds, roses, and dessert wines – all made in-house by their wine merchants.
Guests can order wines by the glass or flight as well as sip on mulled wine. Food includes a menu of pasta, salads, artisan pizzas, cheese boards, and charcuterie boards. Enjoy a weekly happy hour and its Wine Down Wednesdays for different wine specials. Deep Roots Wine also offers discounts when purchasing a case or placing a bulk order.
1516 Wazee Street, Suite A, Denver, CO 80202 | 720-328-4786 | deeprootswines.com
Bonacquisti Wine Company
A funky urban winery in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood, Bonacquisti Wine Company has been pouring award-winning local, regional, and international wines to the city of Denver since 2006. Aimed at taking the elitism out of wine tasting, Bonacquisti serves up a variety of styles suited for easy drinking, including every-night-of-the-week blends and favorites like Vinny No Neck and Bella Risa.
Striving to educate others about winemaking, classes are offered that teach guests about the process of fermenting, crushing, bottling, and tasting wines. Hosting a variety of events, including their Fridays Uncorked (live music series) and Bring Your Own Vinyl Thursdays, the atmosphere of Bonacquisti is fun and vibrant.
Continuing with its music theme, Bonacquisti Wine Company hosts the only radio station in the world from a working winery.
4640 North Pecos Street, Unit I, Denver, CO 80211 | 303-477-9463 | bonacquistiwine.com
Kingman Estates Winery
With its vineyard located in the Grand Valley of the Colorado River, Kingman Estates Winery creates a variety of wines with unique characteristics of the region. Boasting three tasting rooms in Denver, guests can pick between the main location in North Washington, the Stargazer Fine Chocolate tasting room, and the Paisano Sausage Company tasting room on Washington Street.
While the wine tasting room is only open Saturdays and Sundays, they do offer private tastings for small groups, scheduled ahead of time. A unique feature of this winery is that they are the only Colorado wine company selling Colorado-based wine in a box, under their Big Hat Wines label.
800 East 64th Avenue, Denver, CO 80229 | 720-560-7270 | kingmanwine.com
Silver Vines Winery
A family-owned business located in Olde Town Arvada, Silver Vines Winery is a small-batch winery that has been in operation since 2011. Their award-winning wine is produced in their Arvada warehouse, where they house their barrels, tanks, labelers, and more.
Sample from varietals such as their Merlot, Chardonnay, Syrah, and even the Chocolate Delight – a blend of chocolate and red wine. Along with their wines offered, Silver Vines Winery serves up cheese platters and hosts events every week, along with live entertainment.
7509 Grandview Avenue, Arvada, CO 80002 | 303-456-5212 | silvervineswinery.com
Spero Winery is an award-winning family-operated boutique winery in Denver’s Berkley neighborhood. What began with three friends from Italy traveling the U.S. by way of Colorado is now a small-batch winery that makes its wine using grapes from Colorado’s Western Slope, Pueblo, and a few grapes from Lodi, California.
The winery offers a variety of whites and reds, plus four different dessert wines, including a sweet Muscat. The small tasting room is only open on Saturdays or by private appointment.
3316 West 64th Avenue, Denver, CO 80221 | 720-519-1506 | sperowinery.biz
Anyone interested in visiting an urban winery should head to Denver. With a handful of unique locations to choose from, no matter the mood, there will be an ideal place for you to visit. And being home to many wineries, if you’re looking to drink you’re way thru the state, consider visiting one of these top Colorado vineyards.
It’s time to raise a glass to these Denver wineries and discover what new tastes await you! Cheers!