For all you “multitaskers,” here is a place where you can taste wine, pick your own fruits and vegetables and shop, all at the same time! Mountain View Winery produces a large selection of wine that is made from their own grapes as well as fruit and vegetables from their farm and the surrounding area. As owner, Wendy Young says, “we make wine out of anything people bring us.” An interesting wine that was sold out within a few months was a Strawberry Rhubarb wine!! Their wines vary from whites to reds to fruit and dessert wines.
Winemaker and owner, Mike Young makes a large selection of the standard wines, but it is his blends and fruit wines that sets Mountain View apart from the others. As an example, their Uncomprahge is a blend of cherries and Merlot and their Ash Mesa is a blend of apple wine and Chardonnay. Not being a huge fan of fruit wines, I was very impressed with their Chokecherry Wine…made from 100% Colorado chokecherries.
In addition to growing a variety of grapes….Barbara, Pinot Noir and Riesling, that are all acclimated to the Olathe weather, the Youngs grow a variety of fruits and vegetables on their 40 acres of land that has been in their family for over 50 years. If you are so inclined, you can “pick your own” fruits and vegetables in addition to sampling wine. Their vineyard is organic and they use Nigerian Dwarf goats as a natural weed control in the vineyard. Wendy says they are voracious eaters and eat everything they can.
Mountain View Winery has 3 tasting rooms….one at their vineyard/production facility in Olathe, one at Red Mountain Ranches in Cedaredge and their new one at Brenda’s Boutique in Woodland Park. You can also sample and purchase their wines at Farmers Markets in Montrose, Ridgeway and Gunnison. For the shopaholics out there, the tasting room in Olathe offers a wide assortment of locally produced products.