Your Guide to the Best Palisade Wineries.
If you’re reading this post I can only assume you too are a lover of wine! Honestly what’s better than wine tasting on a hot summer day? One of my favorite places to do this is in Palisade, Colorado. Let me fill you in on the best wineries in Palisade!
Having gone to school in Grand Junction, Colorado, I was only about 30 minutes from this gorgeous wine oasis and I was sure to take advantage whenever I could. I have also returned every summer since graduating for a weekend stint because I love it so much. Not only is the scenery totally gorgeous but almost every winery lets you try 3-5 wines FOR FREE!
You’re also close to amazing hikes, the canyons in Glenwood Springs, and about 2 hours from Vail. I suggest staying one day in Palisade and then enjoying some of the surrounding areas!
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WHEN TO VISIT PALISADE
I find the best time to go is early summer or early fall. It can get really hot in the summer months!
WHERE TO STAY IN PALISADE
Palisade is very small, but neighbors the larger town of Grand Junction which is only about 20 minutes away. It’s usually a bit more expensive to stay in Palisade, but the options are so much cuter than a hotel in Grand Junction. Either option still get you close to wine, which is all that matters, right? Here are a few great options.
Wine Country Inn – This hotel is the best if you’re looking for something right in the heart of palisade. Once you arrive you won’t have to drive anywhere as almost all of the wineries are in walking distance! Average $150/night.
Palisade Wine Valley Inn – If you’re wanting to stay somewhere with charm and character, this would be it. This cute little bed and breakfast is in an ideal location and offers a delicious breakfast. Average $150 / night
Spoke and Vine Motel – This option might not look the cutest from the outside, but the rooms are modern and gorgeous on the inside! Rooms start at about $100 / night
In Grand Junction
We normally opt to stay in one of the hotels in Grand Junction and uber to and from Palisade for our wine tour. If you’re like us, you aren’t looking for something fancy because after a full day of drinking it won’t really matter where you sleep amiright? Here are a few options!
Grand Vista Hotel – Indoor pool and restaurant in the lobby – Avg $50/ night (This is where we stayed last time and it was totally fine)
Courtyard by Marriott – Another great hotel with all the amenities you might need! Avg $100+ a night
HOW TO GET AROUND PALISADE
Walk: Walking is fine if you don’t plan to go past the center of town.
Rent a limo: I’ve done a limo tour once and it was a ton of fun! This is great if you have a big group or event! It’s also great if you want someone to take the reigns and tell you where the best spots to go are!
Biking: This is hands down the best way to get around town! Rapid Creek Cycles offers low rates on bikes for your day in Palisade at only $37 for the day or $55 if you want to go electric. We went with the classic bikes and they were perfect. Thankfully Palisade is quite flat so you don’t have to worry about climbing hills when you’re a bottle deep into your tasting haha.
Rapid Creek will also give you a map of Palisade which outlines some of the best routes to take around town. We took their advice and loved a lot of the wineries we stopped at.
Alright now lets get to the good part… THE WINE!
THE BEST PALISADE WINERIES:
Almost every tasting room has a cute little shop where they also sell trinkets, jams and of course wines by the bottle. Most of these are open from 10am to 5 pm and offer between 3-5 tastings unless otherwise stated! I recommend doing your own tour, but there are guided tours you can find.
Varaison Vineyards – What I love about this winery is that they take the time to sit down with you and talk through each wine you’re tasting. They offer tips and techniques to correctly drink wine and help you understand how all of their wines are made.
Talon Winery – This tasting room has a whole lot more to offer than wine. With gourmet foods, wine accessories, gifts and fresh fudge made on the premises! You’ll find all of your classic wines here. My favorite was the white merlot.
St. Kathryns – Take only a few steps from Talon Winery and you’ll be in St. Kathryns. What I love about this winery is the fun flavors that they offer. Almost all of them fruity, which I love! Strawberry Rhubarb is a must!
Meadery of the Rockies – If you don’t know, mead is honey wine. And it is oh so delicious, if you like sweet wine of course. Also owned by Talon wine brands, but it is not right next to the other two. Their wine goes from sweet to sweeeeeeet. My favorite is the apricot honey wine!
Carlson Vineyards – One of the best Palisade Wineries IMO! The beautiful outdoor seating is perfect for sipping wine and they have cute cats that wander the shop.
MORE OF THE BEST WINERIES IN PALISADE ARE…
Garfield Estates Vineyard – The views at this winery are to die for and you can even walk through the vineyards! I personally loved their Viognier.
Graystone Winery – Graystone is a boutique-style winery that transports you straight to Tuscany. They specialize in port wine.
Maison La Belle Vie Winery – This is probably my favorite of the many wineries in Palisade for a few reasons. The outdoor seating area is large and prefect for a quick break on your tour, it’s also a great place for a snack as they sell amazing charcuterie boards. Which like, you have to have if you’re drinking wine right?? Stop here for a perfect mid-day snack.
Plum Creek – Another great one where you’ll find alll the classic wines you love.
Red Fox Cellars – I love this place because they have great wine cocktails as well as 8 rotating taps of wine and cider!
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PALISADE BREWERY AND DISTILLERY
There is more than just wineries in Palisade! Check out these other spots for more yummy drinks.
13 Brix Cider – If you feel like mixing it up a bit and taking a break from wine, head over to 13 Brix where they have some delicious forbidden fruit ciders. The ” Just Peachy” is my fave.
Palisade Brewing Co – This is a great place to grab a beer and a bite to eat out on their patio. Their pulled pork sandwich is incredible, but so is all of the food! They have happy hour daily from 4:30 to 6:30 and live music on the weekends!
And last but certainly not least is Peach Street Distillers – My favorite part of coming to Palisade. This distillery has everything you could ever want. Gin, vodka, whiskey, grappa, brandy, and more! The cocktails they create are otherworldly. And the best part is the cute cups they come in and the adorable patio that overlooks the mesas. It’s perfect.
If you have any questions or just wanna talk about wine, shoot me a DM on Instagram or leave a comment here!