Winters grip is upon us here in Colorado and the temperatures it seems are often lately in the single digits. The tree’s are stark and barren and there is a foot or so of snow on the ground. It’s cold and outside not much warmth to be found. I intended to write this during the summer months but it never came to fruition. So I sit in the warmth of our home nestled close to the fire as I pull the fleece coverlet over my toes.
As I sit here and enjoy the warmth I find myself dreaming of wine and decide to pour myself a glass of the nice Cab Franc that was sent in my shipment of wine.Its my 3rd shipment that I have received. Enjoying the taste I find myself reminiscing of my visit to Mc Elmo’s Sutcliff Vineyards.
Situated in the backdrop of Ancient Canyons and the Sleeping Ute Mountain of Colorado you will find this little gem.
Roughly 36 acres of Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot are grown. The vineyards produce what wine that is what I have heard described as handcrafted in an old world style. This is not your large scale winery but a vineyard and winery created and developed with the careful and meticulous eye of it’s owner.
With a passion only others dream about you will find the owner John Sutcliff the winery’s namesake. When he speaks it is with such emotion and his desire for you to understand his dream is felt. He lives it, breaths, it and loves it and it is part of him and he is part of it. We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of wine tasting and conversation with this interesting gentleman.
From his welsh roots to his history of working in some of the finest restaurants he can be at times mesmerizing. He explains the history of the wine he makes and how it was not always this palatable. It was only when he brought in a winemaker by the name of Joe Buckle the beauty of Sutcliff Vineyards was released to full potential. Creating the wines they have today.
They wines are simply wonderful and influenced with the uniqueness of the Ancient Canyons and the winemakers themselves. It’s almost as if the Canyon has produced wines that are handcrafted with the spirit of west.
Not all the wines produced at Sutcliff Vineyards are developed from the canyon grapes. Some outsourcing is done and the choices are meticulously done to compliment Sutcliff’s unique style.
Throughout the summer various events happen at the winery and on a summer afternoon the drive is lovely. It is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. For those who would enjoy a meal. Call and schedule ahead and you will enjoy afternoon of delightful cuisine from locally sources items paired with delicious wine of course. Oh and take friends because wine is always better with friends.
If you are visiting Southwestern Colorado, take a moment and visit Sutcliff Vineyards make a afternoon of it. You can really spend more than an afternoon in the area. From Mc Elmo Canyon and it’s winery’s to Mesa Verde National Park the area is filled with not only incredible beauty but with the history of the Southwest. We have excellent Jeep trails, hiking trails, and wonderful fishing.
Come visit I would love to show you around. As always if you need help booking a hotel, trip, or anything else I am available. Or you can do it yourself with my booking site at TravelwithT.mtravel.com which is how I fund my blogging.
Cheers and I hope to see you at Sutcliff Vineyards and Southwest Colorado.!