In 2011, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former brewing industry leader who has been a huge supporter of local everything, declared the first week of June “Colorado Wine Week” to coincide with the first annual Colorado Urban Winefest.
It has grown to feature seven days of local wine celebration!
Check out the 2013 Colorado Wine Week commercial:
Past Colorado Wine Week Events:
May 31: Manitou Springs Wine Festival
25 Colorado Wineries will be pouring tastings of their wines as well as selling bottles of wine in the unofficial kickoff to wine week, set against the beautiful backdrop of Pikes Peak. Tickets available through Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.
June 1: Farm-to-Turntable Keg Wine Party
Infinite Monkey Theorem 3200 Larimer St. Denver, CO
Several top wines will be served from the tap during this food and wine celebration to officially kick off Colorado Wine Week. There will be music, five courses of passed food from top Denver restaurants, and plenty of keg wine! Ticket price includes food, entertainment and one glass of wine. A portion of the proceeds support Heroes Like Us, a chef-driven non-profit that fights childhood hunger.
June 4: Colorado Cocktail Competition
The Green Russell 1422 Larimer St., Denver
Joe Hines has been the king of terrior-inspired cocktail, winning the first two Colorado Wine Cocktail Competition. See if he can take home No. 3 against stiff competition from Denver’s top bartenders in this contest that features Colorado wine inspired drinks.
June 6: Governor’s Cup Wine Mixer
Hyatt Place Cherry Creek, 4150 East Mississippi Ave., Glendale
The Governor’s Cup is the most prestigious wine competition in Colorado. Meet several of the top winemakers in the state as they show off their gold-winning wines.
June 7: Colorado Urban Winefest presented by Alpine Bank
More than three dozen Colorado wineries will provide the wine to fuel the city’s best wine party. Entrance includes unlimited samples, food demos, Govino commemorative tasting glass, wine education, and more! Food trucks will be on hand to sell some seriously good pairings, too. Early bird tickets are now on sale!
$40 GA | $120 VIP
June 1-7: Sips and Snacks presented by the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board
Dozens of restaurants along the Front Range will offer unique Colorado wine and small plate pairings for $20 or less. Build a full meal at two or three of your favorite spots!