Another winery near Cortez is Guy Drew Vineyards, who along with Sutcliffe Vineyards is nestled in the McElmo Canyon. The winery is located about 4 miles from the intersection of Hwy 160/491 and G Road. I point this out because you need to keep an eye out for the WINERY sign on the right/north side of the road. Once there you are warmly invited into Guy and Ruth Drew’s home, which is also their tasting room. Guy and Ruth are very welcoming, friendly and ready to answer any questions you might have.
Guy and Ruth left the corporate Denver world in the late 1990s and built their straw bale house, winery and facilities. And remember, that’s a STRAW bale house, not a HAY bale house….big difference we were told!! Guy took us on a tour of his state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Here, Guy is producing delicious wines at affordable prices and winning many awards in the process.
In his two winemaking buildings he has stainless steel tanks, oak barrels and a new type of maturation container that takes up less room than nine oak barrels. His wine bottling, labeling and corking machine allows Guy to complete the process himself. Guy uses both corks and screw tops for his wines. His crush machine is very impressive, and the crushing speed can be controlled depending on what variety of grape he is crushing.
We sampled several of Drew’s wines both in the bottle and still maturing in the tanks. My two favorites are his Unoaked Chardonnay and Meritage (pronounced like heritage).