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The Estate-Grown Wine Difference

100% Estate Grown, Bottled, and Produced

"from the Colorado Land"

The name COLTERRIS means “from the Colorado land.” ‘COL’ is short for Colorado and ‘terris’ is the ablative plural form of the Latin word ‘terra’ which means land or earth. Thus making Colterris mean “from the Colorado Land”. Our wines will always be produced 100% from our 188 acre estate located in Palisade, Colorado. Situated along the Colorado River, the favorable meso-climates and volcanic soils of our vineyard locations contribute to the rich color, intense fruit flavors and robust character that make Colterris wines truly unique.

The Estate-Grown Difference

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.

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.

The winery and the vineyards must be located within the same American Viticultural Area.

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. Wine cannot leave the premises at any time during its production.

 ALL Colterris and “Canterris” Wines are 100% “Estate Grown” and “Estate Bottled” in the Grand Valley AVA in Palisade, Colorado. 

Meet our Winemakers

Bo Felton - Winemaker

Raised in Colorado, Bo was introduced to wine by his grandfather—an avid home winemaker. Each vintage, after his grandfather had driven a van full of grapes from California to Colorado, Bo and his family would de-stem the fruit by hand and ultimately help turn it into wine. These early experiences left Bo with a fascination for wine, and planted the seed for his future career.

Bo studied ecology, population and organism biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After completing his degree, he moved to California where he landed a coveted winemaking position at Duckhorn Wine Company’s Goldeneye and Migration Wine division, and met his mentor Zach Rasmuson. “Zach taught me to be a steward of the vineyards and to respect the quality of the fruit in the winery.” Eager to gain international experience, Bo went to New Zealand to work a harvest at Rapaura Vintners. “Bo is a true talent,” says Zach. “He has vision, focus, a highly developed palate, and an innate understanding of winemaking. He also has a deep respect for his craft that is impressive for a young winemaker.”

Over the next ten years, Bo became intimately familiar with site-specific wines that show their cool-climate pedigree —a familiarity that allows Bo to make balanced wines. Combining experience gained on two continents, Bo practices a vineyard-driven approach to winemaking that accentuates the character and complexity of the growing conditions and geological locations of the vineyards which he brings to Colterris.

Justin Jannusch – Assistant Winemaker

With a background in Colorado winemaking with BookCliff Vineyards since 2006, Justin has over ten years of viticulture and vinification experience that make him a great fit for Colterris. He is a certified sommelier and has studied winemaking styles internationally. He received a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder before immersing himself in the world of winemaking and grape growing.

Justin has extensive and well-rounded experience supervising and monitoring the daily operations of the winery with an incredible attention to detail from harvest crush to racking, blending, bottling and tasting room operations. He is truly at home in Colorado organizing and hosting winemaker events, educational programs and consumer sales at Colterris. Justin has first-hand experience and knowledge of what it means to make wines “from the Colorado land”.

Colterris Vineyards

Theresa's Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

Arial Drone shot of Colterris Theresa's Vineyard

Theresa’s Vineyard contains 2 bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  The vineyard is a 19.22 acre site with six clones of 20,700 Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 2001, and one clone of 800 Merlot vines in 2011. Situated in the heart of the Grand Valley AVA, this unique vineyard site at 4,800 feet in elevation is protected by the foothills of the Grand Mesa and in close proximity to the Colorado River. The vineyards are professionally managed by High Country Orchards and Vineyards which continues to oversee the production of these wine grapes.  

Cabernet Sauvignon 
Clone 7 (10,300 vines) 50%
Clone 24 (3,000 vines) 15%
Clone 4 (2,900 vines) 14%
Clone 337 (2,900 vines) 14%
Clone 2 (1,260 vines) 6%
Clone 5197 (340 vines) 1%

Merlot
Clone ENTAV 348 (800 vines) 100%

Scott's Vineyard

Malbec & Cabernet Franc

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Scott’s Vineyard is a 10 acre vineyard site of which 6.7 acres are planted to Bordeaux varietals. The vineyard is currently planted with Malbec planted in 2012 and 2013 and Cabernet Franc planted in 2013 and 2014. Situated in the heart of the Grand Valley AVA, this unique vineyard site at 4,800 feet in elevation is protected by the foothills of the Grand Mesa and in close proximity to the Colorado River. The vineyards are professionally managed by High Country Orchards and Vineyards which continues to oversee the production of these wine grapes.

Malbec
Clone 595, planted 2013
Clone 4, planted 2012

Cabernet Franc
Clone 332, planted 2014
Clone 623, planted 2014
Clone 214, planted 2013
Clone 327, planted 2013

Katie's Vineyard

Cabernet Franc & Malbec

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Katie’s Vineyard is a 4.93 acre vineyard site of which 3.1 acres are planted to Bordeaux varietals. The vineyard is currently planted with Cabernet Franc planted in 1989 and Malbec planted in 2011. Situated in the heart of the Grand Valley AVA, this unique vineyard site at 4,800 feet in elevation is protected by the foothills of the Grand Mesa and in close proximity to the Colorado River. The vineyards are professionally managed by High Country Orchards and Vineyards which continues to oversee the production of these wine grapes.

Cabernet Franc
Clone 1, planted 1989

Malbec
Clone 9, planted 20

Vinelands Vineyard

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, & Chardonnay

Arial Drone shot of Colterris Vinelands Vineyard

The Vinelands Vineyard is 6 acre vineyard site of which 3 acres are planted Bordeaux varietals. The vineyard is currently planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay all planted in 1995. Situated in the heart of the Grand Valley AVA, this unique vineyard site at 4,800 feet in elevation is protected by the foothills of the Grand Mesa and in close proximity to the Colorado River. The vineyards are professionally managed by High Country Orchards and Vineyards which continues to oversee the production of these wine grapes.

Merlot
Clone Unknown, planted 1995

Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone Unknown, planted 1995

Chardonnay
Clone Unknown, planted 1995

Riverside Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, & Chardonnay

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Arial Drone shot of Colterris Riverside Vineyard

The Riverside Vineyard is a 19 acre vineyard site of which 16 acres are Bordeaux varietals. The vineyard is currently planted with Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1991 and 1998, Merlot planted in 1991 and 1998, Petit Verdot planted in 1991, Cabernet Franc planted in 1991 and Chardonnay planted in 1991. Situated in the heart of the Grand Valley AVA, this unique vineyard site at 4,800 feet in elevation is protected by the foothills of the Grand Mesa and in close proximity to the Colorado River. The vineyards are professionally managed by High Country Orchards and Vineyards which continues to oversee the production of these wine grapes.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone 8, planted 1998
Clone 7, lanted 1998
Clone Unknown, planted 1991

Merlot
Clone 3, planted 1998
Clone Unknown, planted 1991

Petit Verdot
Clone Unknown, planted 1991

Cabernet Franc
Clone 1, planted 1991

Chardonnay
Clone Wente, planted 1991

Cliffside Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Pinot Gris, &  Syrah

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Arial Drone shot of Colterris Cliffside Vineyard

The Cliffside Vineyard is a 10 acre vineyard site of which 6.7 acres are Bordeaux Varietals. The vineyard is currently planted with Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 2000 and 2001, Sauvignon Blanc planted in 2003, Malbec planted in 2011and 2012, Pinot Gris planted in 2003 and Syrah planted in 2003.

Situated in the heart of the Grand Valley AVA, this unique vineyard site at 4,800 feet in elevation is protected by the foothills of the Grand Mesa and in close proximity to the Colorado River. The vineyards are professionally managed by High Country Orchards and Vineyards which continues to oversee the production of these wine grapes.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone 337, planted 2001
Clone 4, planted 2000

Sauvignon Blanc
Clone 1, planted 2003

Malbec
Clone 595, planted 2012
Clone 9, planted 2011

Pinot Gris
Clone 146, planted 2003

Syrah
Clone 887, planted 2003

Caitlin Mahon
Caitlin Mahon
April 11, 2024
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Lance is the best! So knowledgeable about the wine and just lovely to speak with. The wine was delightful and the scenery was stunning. The grand Valley SB was my favorite. #LanceistheONE
Erin J. Green
Erin J. Green
March 1, 2024
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I have not actually been to this winery (yet), but I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude and let everyone know about the amazing staff here. You see, when I visited Colorado last Thanksgiving I bought a bottle of their wine from a local wine shop to bring home to Arizona as a souvenir, but once I got home my clumsiness got the better of me and the bottle shattered before I ever had a chance to try it. I reached out to the folks at the winery, and not only did they ship me a new bottle to replace the broken one, they made me one of the first customers to try a new variety they were releasing, which I must say is the best wine I've ever tasted, and I've had a lot of wines, haha. This company really shouldn't be ignored, because service like this is hard to find, and whenever I do return to Colorado this is one of the first places on my list to go visit. I truly appreciate the wonderful customer service from afar, and can't wait to see your space and what you come out with next!
Katherine Miswell
Katherine Miswell
December 30, 2023
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Took a wine tour here, Patrick was an amazing guide! I'm pretty much a wine newbie and I learned more than I thought I would! Thank you!
Greg Brophy
Greg Brophy
December 18, 2023
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Great winery. One of, if not, the best winery in Colorado. I like most of their reds. I stop in every time I'm in the area. 12-18-2023 update: their wine just keeps getting better. Plus, now that I have stored some of the red blends, I can say that it gets better over time. Their 2017 Coloradeaux is particularly good now.
Christopher Markl
Christopher Markl
December 12, 2023
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I visited on a whim last week and enjoyed some wine tasting and the views. Patrick was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wines I tried
Jen Taylor
Jen Taylor
November 18, 2023
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Patrick is AMAZING!!!! We have a uch sincere appreciation and gratitude for his personal touch, absolute magic and incredible host'ness for our team retreat. We were all blown away by the experience. A wonderful time had by all. Patrick, you work so hard and your passion is evident. Thank you for sharing it with us ✨
Greg Jackson
Greg Jackson
November 4, 2023
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Absolutely worth a stop at this winery. We had an amazing time with Annette, Kylie, Patrick. Their knowledge and the quality of the wines made this the highlight of our wine tour. Without a doubt. Make sure you try the white cabernet Sauvignon. One of the best wines I've had all year.
Laurie Simonds
Laurie Simonds
October 26, 2023
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The staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The wines were amongst the very best for this region. My favorite was the Savignon Blanc.
Rachel Waltman
Rachel Waltman
October 26, 2023
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Gem of the Grand Valley! Always worth a stop. Cups are a great souvenir, perfect for enjoying Syrah sips on my patio at home!
Heather Davis
Heather Davis
October 26, 2023
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Colterris Winery is such a beautiful location, set right in the middle of their estate vines with the cliffs in the background. The wines were fantastic, and the staff were super helpful. Got to meet the winemaker as well, which is always a great treat when visiting wineries!

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