Founded in 1987 when wine industry pioneer Stephen Smith, planted his first vines, Grande River Vineyards fermented its first wine in 1990. Until 2006, it was the largest grape producer in the state. More recently, the winery has produced 5,000 cases of wine per year.
Over the decades, GRV has chalked up a rich history as Colorado’s premier estate-grown wine producer. From its location at the base of the state’s western Little Bookcliffs mountain range near the Colorado River, GRV is poised for new growth and innovation.
Great Things are on the Horizon
Purchased by Richard and Jean Tally on June 17, 2021, GRV will continue to produce the iconic Bordeaux and Rhone reds and dry whites that have garnered medals over the decades. Thanks to the considerable skills of our European trained and certified winemaker Rainer Thoma, old recipes may be tweaked and a few new vines may be added to the mix.
So, buckle up! Great things are on the horizon for this iconic brand.
Discover Our Wines
While we establish our brand new Ten Acre Winery doing business under a time-honored GRV label, our Ten Acre Farm operation will continue to cultivate the tried and true varietials that have served us well: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot for the reds, and Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reisling, and Viognier for the whites.
Any of these varietals can stand alone, thank you very much, but wait until you taste the magic that happens when great grapes are expertly blended to create something really special. Of course, we will be aging some barrels of Reserve to enjoy down the road.
We will honor past Wine Club memberships and welcome new members. Exciting details are in the works to create special deals for your sipping pleasure. Expect news at some point in the Fall of 2021.
Consider the Possibilities
With our sister property, Wine Country Inn, next door, Grande River Vineyards is uniquely positioned to host your wedding, celebration or group meeting by providing the Event Planning expertise, the Culinary Team, and discounted rates on hotel rooms. Give us a call and we will customize your event down to the smallest detail. A positive wine experience and Guest satisfaction are our specialties.
It’s the Terroir!
If you start with classic varietals and play to your climactic strengths, you’ve got a winning formula. Our location contributes an exceptional natural mix with its rich mineral soil content, intense sunlight, Colorado River water and cool nights.
Get to Know Us
You can do a self guided tour of the demonstration vineyard immediately to the north of the winery, or arrange for a guided tour when the cellar is not abuzz with activity. By all means, sample the wines that make us proud, available daily in the Tasting Room with the expert guidance of our enthusiastic staff.
Looking to the Future
We’re bringing back the Grapevine concert series in the summer of 2022, so stay tuned for dates and artists.
We’ve got a few more surprises up our sleeves to keep life interesting. More to come in next few months.
Meet the Team
Dan Vice, our Business Manager and fearless leader, brings a lifetime of sales experience and show biz saavy to our operation. His friendly style will put you at ease and make you glad you came and stopped in.
Rainer Thoma, Vineyard Manager and Winemaker, has 20 plus years of tending vines and making award-winning wines in the Grand Valley AVA. His passion for his craft is our secret sauce for producing great wines.
Anne Tally, Social Media/Retail Manager, has a merchandising degree and retail experience to assist in stocking the Tasting Room with the items guests love to take home as well as telling us what’s going on, what’s new, etc., on the internet.
Richard and Jean Tally, as operators of Wine Country Inn next door, the Owners’ role is to identify the synergies between the two businesses and to keep things perking along. He has an degrees in Accounting; she, a degree in journalism and decades of experience in marketing.