Posts Tagged ‘Black Bridge Winery’

Winery Visit – The Apple Shed

What has a wine tasting room, western art, a clothing boutique, holiday decor, jewelry, local products and a deli…The Apple Shed in Cedaredge. For 20 years this store has been providing both locals and tourists a unique place to shop. I first have to talk about the western art. Never in my travels have I seen a store with as much western decor…from art to furniture to accessories….this store is your one-stop shop!! And the prices range from $10-$13,000 for the art, so there is something for every budget.  The Apple Shed offers art, pottery and sculptures from many local and regional artists.

The new women’s boutique offers clothing, accessories, handbags and jewelry, of which many items are from local crafters. Additionally the store contains a culinary section and a holiday tree area.  Since you could shop in the store for hours, you can take a break and refuel at the Loading Dock Deli. Owner Connie Williams says, “the deli is all about good old fashioned food – healthy, hearty and good tasting!” During the summer and fall you can enjoy your meal on their outdoor patio.

In addition to managing the store, Connie is an artist herself and has several of her paintings available for sale. She has also been part of Delta’s “City of Murals” project. Her three murals are a tribute to agriculture, the Utes and clothing labels. The next time you are in Delta, take a few minutes to stop at each of the dozen murals along Main Street, they are incredible.

As you can see The Apple Shed offers something for everyone…so lets talk wine! Currently The Apple Shed is a tasting room for many of Delta/Olathe/West Elks AVA wineries. The tasting room provides you an opportunity to sample several wineries all under one roof. Connie and her husband, Dan, along with their son Ty and his family, own and operate a 180-acre orchard just outside of town. They grow primarily peaches and apples. About 3 years ago, they contacted Black Bridge Winery to assist them in organizing their own winery, and very shortly will be pouring their own wine under the Williams Cellars label.

Whether you want to wine or shop, The Apple Shed is a must stop while in Delta County.

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Winery Visit – Black Bridge Winery

So why do some grapes grow better than others? According to Lee Bradley, owner of Black Bridge Winery, “vines need a good view, and our Pinot Noir grapes have an incredible view of the West Elk mountains.” Now, I’m not sure if that’s true, but I must admit the view of the West Elk mountains is spectacular and their vines were filled with grapes! But the land of Black Bridge Winery was not always a vineyard, it was actually an apple orchard and owned by the Cyprus /Westmoreland Coal Mine. It was used as a railroad buffer and to maintain water rights. Lee managed the property for a while and then kept buying up the land…and that’s when things began to change.

Lee and wife, Kathy, removed the apple orchards and planted cherry and peach trees along with wine grapes. The Bradleys own 50 acres of land and have been supplying grapes to area wineries for many years. Eleven years ago they opened up a market, selling local produce and products, and included a tasting room for several area wineries. In 2004 the Bradleys took the plunge and became a winery themselves.

Black Bridge Winery has three estate-bottled wines – Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They also make two delicious red wine blends. According to Lee, due to the elevation of Paonia, the wines have more acidity. And let’s not forget about the warm days and cool nights of the West Elks AVA that help make their wines superb.

A stop at Black Bridge Winery, to sample some delicious wines, and Orchard Valley Market, to purchase some local fruit and products, is a must when traveling along Highway 133 through Paonia!

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