Winery Visit – Kingman Estates Winery

Kingman Estates Winery’s wine is just “Marv’lous”….that is their Marv’lous 1680, which is their most popular wine, and a blend of Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. According to owner Karen Kingman, adding Riesling to a red wine blend is a European technique that helps to soften the tannins in the red grapes, and also intensifies color. The reason 1680 is added to this label is, that is the number of bottles that were produced in their first batch of this blend.

Kingman Estates Winery is a “new kid on the block” in the Front Range area. Located near I-25 and 58th Avenue exit, they are easily accessible to anyone who wants to join them at their tasting room on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  It is there you can sample their 6 wines….Chardonnay, Riesling and Viognier, their whites, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and their Marv’lous red blend. During the 2012 Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade, Kingman received a “Best of the Fest” silver medal for their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon!

Owners Karen and Doug Kingman began their winery venture during a vacation to the Four Corners area, specifically McElmo Canyon, where they met Guy Drew, of Guy Drew Vineyards. Their plan was put on the back burner for 2 years while Doug took online classes through UC Davis and conducted personal research. In 2011 they purchased 10 acres and a barn in the Grand Valley, and started the thought process of growing grapes and making wine. But the following year the Kingmans decided metro Denver would be a better spot for them, and  within 3 weeks sold their property and began the process of opening up their winery and tasting room.

Doug currently has Merlot aging in oak barrels, and is planning a late 2013 release. A Bordeaux blend is possibly in their future, so stop on by Kingman Estates Winery to see  for yourself what’s happening!



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