We all know why wine has suddenly become a hot commodity at restaurants and bars – more people than ever are drinking it and demanding new and interesting wines to choose from.
But there’s another reason. More farmers are growing grapes. Once the province of California, Oregon and New York state, farmers in the Southwest have gotten in on the party. Now grapes are cropping up in Utah, Arizona, Texas and of course, Colorado, said Nor List of Sutcliffe Vineyards in Cortez.
“Wine is a cash cow,” she said. “At $1,500 a ton for grapes, that looks pretty good. If you’re a farmer, you can grow grapes. It’s just fruit.”
About 98 percent of the grapes used in Sutcliffe’s wines are grown in Colorado and about 75 percent of them are grown on their estate outside of Cortez.
“We’re looking at planting more vines,” she added.