Do you ever wonder how a winery chooses its label(s)? I do, because they are all so different, and some seem to catch our eye more quickly than others. In my opinion, Mountain Spirit Winery has one of the most beautiful labels! (see picture below). This Angel Blush label appears on their best selling wine, actually a fruit/grape blend that contains apple, pear and raspberry. Owners, Mike and Terry Barkett were the first winery in Colorado to produce a grape and fruit blended wine. This has now caught on, and several other wineries are producing this type of blend. Mountain Spirit uses no flavorings in their fruit wines, using only real fruit to blend with the grapes.
Mountain Spirit Winery was the 13th winery to open in Colorado – back in 1995. Mike and Terry received assistance and encouragement from many people, most notably was Jim Seewald, who was a pioneer in the early Colorado wine industry. Even though the Barketts have been producing wine for years, they still have their “day jobs” – Mike as a practicing surgeon and after 8 years, former President of the State Board of Health and Terry has changed her career in the computer science/lab technician area for managing the Mountain Spirit Gallery and tasting room in Salida.
I asked Mike what would be the 3 words to describe his wine operation, and he said, “Cleanliness, sterility and high quality.” I guess Mike and Terry’s clinical backgrounds are brought into their winemaking art! When the Barketts built their winery just north of Salida, they were the only ones with temperature controlled fermenting. This enables them to control each tank’s temperature to keep fermentation below 60 degrees, which allows for slower fermentation. Mountain Spirit Winery sits on 5-acres of farmland, and includes fruit orchards and an old homestead house. The surrounding 14,000′ mountains offer incredible views.
Stop by their winery to sample their wines, which have won over 50 national and international awards.