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Colorado really does have it all, from scenic mountain views, numerous recreational activities, a bustling city to yes, even vineyard tours. This state can grow grapes and in some of the highest known vineyards to ever exist. Ranging from 4000 to 7000 feet above sea level, warm days and cooler evenings create a perfect environment for grapes to mature and then retain its acidity to produce a great bottle of wine. Colorado wine country, located on the Western Slope of the state, is where most grapes grow. The Grand Valley AVA is a prime area to grow Syrah, Viognier, Rhone, Bordeaux, and Cabernet Franc grapes. The West Elks AVA is home to more white wine grapes such as Riesling and Pinot Gris, but also has red wine grapes of the Pinot Noir variety. Although grapes can also grow throughout other parts of Colorado, harsher winters and warmer summers prove as a more difficult area to grow grapes.