When you drive up to Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction, you might think you were in France rather than next to the Colorado National Monument! The several buildings that incorporate Two Rivers include the tasting room, The Chateau – a country inn, production facility and owners, Billie and Bob Whitam’s personal home, all surrounded by vineyards. Thirteen years ago, the Whitams, who are both Colorado natives, moved back to Colorado from Texas. Using Bob’s construction knowledge and Billie’s accounting skills they bought land to build patio homes. After a little research they decided to grow grapes, made a business plan, and the rest is history!
Two Rivers is a family-owned and operated winery, utilizing the skills of Bob and Billie, their two children and spouses as well as winemaker Tyrel Lawson (who has opened up his own winery – Kahil Winery) and their tasting room manager, who make up the core team. The Whitams operate Two Rivers like a well run business….strategize, implement, track and celebrate. (I think I’d enjoy the “celebrating” part the best!!) They are actually spearheading that philosophy to all of Colorado’s wineries who are interested.
The vineyards consist of 11 acres of grapes in Grand Junction and 6 acres in Palisade. Their estate-bottled wines include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They have a state-of-the-art production facility, which includes a new bottling machine that bottles 36 per minute and uses 3 people instead of 8. You can see from the pictures below their huge barrel storage room and the amount of wine they are producing….about 14,000-16,000 cases per year, making them one of the largest wineries in the state.
After tasting wine you can spend the night in The Chateau. It consists of 10 upscale rooms and includes an outdoor pavilion. If you need a place for a corporate event or meeting, a wedding or a social gathering, this is the place to rent.
When you stop at Two Rivers Winery and sample their delicious wines, make sure to view all the beautiful paintings and murals. The murals are the creative genius of Lee Bowerman.