Ever wonder where some of Colorado’s wineries get their grapes from, if they don’t have their own vineyard?? Look no further than Whitewater Hill Vineyards, which takes its name from the low hill on which the vineyard is located. In addition to making their own delicious wines, they have 37 acres of grapes growing on their property in the Grand Valley, and grow 10 varieties.
Owners, John Behrs and Nancy Janes have been growing grapes for 14 years and have been a winery for 8. They sell 70% of their grapes to other Colorado and Utah wineries. As you can see from the pictures below, their tasting room and vineyard sits in a beautiful area overlooking the Book Cliff Mountains and Mt. Garfield. They irrigate their vineyard from the surrounding Colorado River.
You will never meet two nicer people than John and Nancy. Nancy explains the work division…. “John grows the grapes, and I make the wine.” In fact they make 16 wines all from the Grand Valley’s grapes, of which 13 wines come from their own vineyards, making them Estate bottled wines! They make a delicious No Oak Chardonnay as well as a Barrel Select lightly oaked Chardonnay. My favorite was their Shiraz.
Definitely stop at Whitewater Hill Vineyards and enjoy not only their wines, but a breathtaking view of the Grand Valley region.