If you’ve never been to Cedaredge or haven’t been there in a while, its a great little town that has a lot to offer. And one of the “must stop at places” is Stoney Mesa Winery. Just a few minutes southwest of downtown, it offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. On their patio you can sip some of their delicious wines and also enjoy a BYOLunch. Afterwards ask owner, Bret Neal for a tour of the vineyards, winery and entire operations.
Bret is a second generation owner and winemaker. For over 2 decades the Neal family has been growing grapes on their properties in Cedaredge, Grand Junction and Palisade. In 1982 they planted Riesling, which if not the oldest vines, are the second oldest Riesling planting in Colorado. As Bret says, “Riesling is King at Stoney Mesa.” For the past 10 years this has been their most planted grape. It is a strong grape that can survive the cold winters, and produces a consistent, quality grape year after year.
Stoney Mesa also produces Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a Blush wine. Additionally, the winery produces two blends…a Blanca del Mesa (a blend of Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris) and Rojo del Mesa (a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Merlot). Bret wanted to try something new and to create a new line of wine, which would forge Stoney Mesa’s future, and so produced these two blends, and also introduced a new label.
With only a small portion of their 50-acre property in Cedaredge devoted to grapes (a good portion is leased to a cattle rancher), Stoney Mesa’s future in the wine business is a definite, and for that we should be thankful!