Carboy Wins Over Denver's Winery Scene
Looking for the perfect date night spot, girl's night out spot, business meeting in a hip spot, or just want to sip a great wine paired with delicious burrata/charcuterie at the bar? Enter Carboy Winery, a fabulously designed winery in Denver's hot Governor's Park neighborhood. Note to all you wine lovers: all three Carboy locations (Littleton, Denver, Breckenridge) are available for event rental/private parties as well. Check out their wine club!
What's a Carboy?
A carboy, also called a demijohn, is a stout glass container with a narrow neck. Available in many sizes, they are essential to winery operations. These vessels date back as early as 14th century Europe and in Colorado history they made their appearance during the gold rush. Predominantly used for fermenting and transporting small batches of spirits, beer, and wine. Winemakers specifically use carboys for experimenting in small batches and for topping off barrels in the wine cellar.
Photo by Heather Truhan, Art of Home Team
Carboy prides themselves at being hands-on with vineyards & winemakers from Colorado and other prominent wine regions around the world. They carefully select and source high quality wine grapes, juice, and single-varietal wine that is then brought to their on-premise winery and put through the delicate winemaking process: crushed and fermented, aged further, blended, then kegged and/or bottled to make their select brand of Carboy wines. They serve these wines in their unique wine bars/tasting rooms in Littleton/Denver/Breckenridge along with the tasty small bites. In addition, they offer a wine club, and distribute to local restaurants and wine stores to be enjoyed by the wine lovers far and wide.
Photo provided by Carboy Winery
Carboy Winery History
In 2014 a group of passionate winemakers and restauranteurs got together and embarked on an endeavor to create a négociant* urban winery in the Denver Metro Area. Their mission was to work with winemakers and vineyards from prominent wine regions to establish our brand of Carboy wine. In September 2016 they opened the doors to the Carboy Winery in Littleton, CO featuring 14 wines harvested from regions in California, Washington, Oregon, Italy, and France. In fall 2017 in addition to their out of state harvests, they harvested 7 varietals from western slope regions in Colorado. Unique to the market, at Carboy Winery you can purchase world class wine in a bottle, but also in a one-liter refillable Carboy growler... fresh from the tap. * A négociant is the French term for a wine merchant who assembles the produce of smaller growers and winemakers, and sells the result under its own name
Carboy Winery Locations
Denver/Gov's Park: 400 E 7th Ave (7th/Logan, by Trader Joe's) Map
Breckenridge: 103 N Main Street Map
Littleton: 6885 South Santa Fe Drive Map
You can also enjoy Carboy Winery on tap at Ullr Cafe at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge (photo below, right).
Photos by Heather Truhan, Art of Home Team
Colorado Wine Facts
(Courtesy of Carboy Winery)
There are over 150 wineries in Colorado
There are over 1,000 planted acres of grapes in the state
Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine every year! This high and dry elevation (4,000-7,000 feet - some of the highest vineyards in the world.) creates a distinctive terroir (terrain) for our grapes
Colorado’s climate consists of low humidity, warm days, and cooler evenings.
Colorado has two AVAs – or American Viticulture Areas – the Grand Valley AVA, along the Colorado River between Palisade and Grand Junction and the West Elks AVA along the North Fork of the Gunnison River between Hotchkiss and Paonia.
Over 85% of the grapes grown in Colorado are from the Western Slope
The first grapes were planted in Colorado in 1883 in the Western Slope
The most popular Colorado grapes are from the species of European grape Vitis Vinifera-
Reds: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc
Whites: Cardonnay, Riesling, Viognier
Warren Winarski moved from the Midwest to Napa and became the assistant wine maker to Robert Mondavi in 1966. In 1968 Winarski moved to Colorado “because the pioneering spirit intrigued him” and ended up making wine for the first commercial winery in CO since the prohibition, Ivancie Cellars. Dr Ivancie purchased grapes from CA and they made the wine in a basement in Denver. In 1973, Ivancie convinced six farmers to plant 20 acres of grapes in Colorado, that is now known as the Grand Valley AVA.
Before Winiarski every saw a grapevine in Grand Valley, he moved back to Napa and founded Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in 1970. In 1973 he produced his 2nd vintage of SLV Cabernet Sauvignon, which would be named best red wine at the blind tasting in Paris 3 years later.