After 10 minutes at Balistreri, you'll forget that you're only a few miles from downtown Denver. Founder John Balistreri is descended from Sicilian immigrants who worked as truck farmers in the North Denver area, and he and his family are continuing the tradition of sharing the fruits of the land. They use only hand-harvested grapes to make their wines, one barrel at a time. Balistreri is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. for tastings, tours and lunch.
The name alone lets you know that you're in for a unique experience. This counterculture winery is operated by a self-described "mad scientist" in Denver's trendy RiNo Art District. Even purists who are put off by the winery's single-serving cans are won over by the taste and quality of their products. In addition to the taproom, Infinite Monkey operates a cozy nook on the third floor of the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Visit the website for hours.
Stop in at Redstone Meadery and learn why the honey-based wine is known as "nectar of the gods." While Redstone began in 2001 with its signature Black Raspberry Nectar, they have since added flavors including apple, boysenberry, passion fruit and raspberry. The tasting room opens at noon Monday through Saturday, while 30-minute tours are offered at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Despite the sassy name, both men and women are welcome at this 10-year-old winery in the heart of downtown Denver. Along with the winery's handcrafted signature varieties, Wild Women offers an interactive experience where an experienced vintner helps you create your personal batch of wine. You can also order customized wine labels that may be affixed to any bottle sold at the winery. Wild Women's tasting room opens at noon Tuesday through Sunday.
"Artisanal meets accessible" at Bigsby's Folly, a full-production urban winery housed in a restored historic building in the RiNo District. Founder Chad Yetka, a real-life rocket scientist, turned his passion for wine into a thriving business, while his wife Marla makes use of her passion for people by running the Roaring '20s-inspired tasting room. Bigsby's Folly is named after Chad and Marla's beloved golden retriever, making it a true family endeavor. The tasting room is open seven days a week. Visit the website for hours.
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