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The Estate-Grown Wine Difference

When a wine is described as “Estate Grown” or "Estate Bottled" on a wine label in the United States, it means something very specific -- and actually something VERY SPECIAL!

The U.S. government sets these requirements for wineries that want to use the word "Estate" on their labels:

100 % of the wine must be made from grapes either grown on land owned by the winery or controlled by the winery.  Since most wineries source some or all of their grapes from other grape growers, other regions, or other states, this can be a tough standard to meet.
Colterris owns and farms 100% of it's vineyards                                  

The vineyards must be in an American Viticultural Area (AVA), which is a defined grape-growing region with boundaries that are recognized by the U.S. government.  An AVA has unique geographic features such as soil and climate that set it apart from surrounding areas.
      100% of the COlterris Vineyards are in the Grand Valley AVA
    
The winery and the vineyards must be located within the same American Viticultural Area.
      The Colterris Winery and Vineyards are both in the Grand Valley AVA
    
The winery must crush and ferment the grapes it grows, age and finish the wine, then bottle (or can) the wine on its own premises and in a continuous process. The wine cannot leave the premises at any time during its production.
       ALL Colterris and “Canterris” Wines are 100% “Estate Grown” in the Grand Valley AVA in Palisade, Colorado.