The high-country desert soil, and the warm days and cooler nights create the environment that has encouraged some 20 wineries to
settle in the Grand Valley so close to Grand Junction. You can do a driving tour stopping at several of the wineries. Or, you can rent a bike in Grand Junction and follow one of the bike trails through the region. (Rapid Creek Cycles rents bicycles , including electric ones so you won’t have to work as hard.)
The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board has information about the many wineries in this region, and driving directions for reaching them. From the Wineries in Grand Valley page you can link to the different wineries websites. Before heading to a specific winery, call and check that the hours for tasting and touring are still accurate.
Visit Grand Junction also has a good list of wineries.
If you like to bike and want a self-guided two-day package, with lodging at a winery, visit At Your Pace
One of the best times to explore this region is in the fall, when the grapes are being picked and the cities are hosting lively wine festivals.
The annual Colorado Mountain Winefest in mid-September is chock-full of events.
The long weekend starts with wine and food pairing dinners in restaurants in Grand Junction and has several scenic wine country bus tours. At the weekend’s “Festival in the Park” in Palisades, you can sample from 50 wineries and even try grape stomping. Tour de Vineyards is a popular bike tour of the wineries the same weekend.
The dinners and special tasting and events in Grand Junction, and the bike ride, often book up far in advance. The best lodging fills up quickly.