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The agricultural lifestyle is beckoning with the Garfield Estates vineyard and winery for sale in Palisade, Colorado. Known for its award-winning varietal wines, Garfield Estates is a boutique winery on 13 well-irrigated acres in Western Colorado’s prime fruit and wine region. The estate has all the assets for a successful vintner, including a remodeled 2,000-square-foot farmhouse, beautiful tasting room and event venue, cold storage facility, outdoor patios, and state-of-the-art winemaking equipment.
Award-winning grape varieties produced in Palisade—Colorado’s wine country
Palisade, Colorado has an unusual terroir that favors cultivation of beautiful fruit and wine grapes. Long known for its peach orchards blanketing the mesas surrounding the town, Palisade sits at an elevation of about 4,700 feet at the mouth of DeBeque Canyon on the Colorado River, with towering sandstone cliffs to the north and east of town. Summer days are hot and nights are cool, and the Colorado River provides ample irrigation water. The temperature extremes and fertile soil cause fruit and wine grapes to pack a robust flavor, with foodies from all over the world praising the fruit and wine that comes from the region. The Garfield Estates winery is ideally situated below the base of its namesake, Mt. Garfield, the dominant geological feature in the Grand Valley.
Vineyard and winery for sale with an excellent set of improvements and equipment
The Garfield Estates winery is set up for the new owner to live comfortably, make great wines, and entertain guests. The home is a historic 1924 farmhouse that has been recently remodeled with a new kitchen and new flooring. The ground floor has approximately 1,600 square feet of living space, including a master bedroom and bath and two other bedrooms and a full bath. The basement has about 400 square feet of finished space and 784 square feet of unfinished space. The highlight is the winery building with its beautiful tasting room. The wine bar has a wrap-around custom concrete countertop and several adjacent tables, with high open-beam ceilings and a charming atmosphere and a handicap-accessible restroom. It seats up to _____ inside, and the outside patio seats up to _____. It has a pergola roof that can be opened or closed, depending on the weather. Upstairs there is another wine bar and seating for another 20-30 people. Domestic water is provided by the Ute Domestic Water Company and natural gas and high-speed internet are available at the property.
The winery has a state-of-the-art set of equipment, complete with 2,000-gallon and 750-gallon stainless steel fermenting tanks; mechanical grape crusher and de-stemmer; pneumatic grape press; custom bottling machine that can cork 56 cases an hour; modular 550-gallon and 350-gallon tanks; wine bottle labeling machine that can label an entire pallet of 56 cases of wine in 1.5 hours; and 2 outdoor 1,500-gallon open top fermenting tanks that are ideal for making red wine.
Event center, wine club, wedding venue for sale—Grand Junction income-producing property
The Mt. Garfield Estates winery has several income streams. The winery is known as a popular venue for weddings, corporate meetings, wine club socials, live music evenings, and weekend tastings. The liquor license allows them to serve alcohol for public events, and they have hosted many weddings on site. The seating is perfect for groups up to 75 people or so. The Mt. Garfield wine club has over 200 members, with members stopping by to enjoy tastings and take home several bottles of wine for future occasions. The owners frequently book live music acts during the summer months, where guests stop by to enjoy the music, sip a glass of wine, and lounge in the shady part of the outdoor seating area. Additionally, Mt. Garfield Estates is one of seven members of the Grand Valley Winery Association, which hosts a series of wine tastings and get-togethers over the course of the year. It provides a valuable stream of income and new business for the members. The winery also participates in several wine festivals every year, which accounts for a good chunk of the annual income, and then of course their wines are distributed to restaurants and liquor stores.
Colorado vineyard with established vines, excellent production, excellent reputation
The Garfield Estates vineyard has 11 acres in red and white grapes, with an average production of 2.5 tons to the acre. The majority of the vines are at least 20 years old. Phylloxera is known as a debilitating fungus that attacks certain varieties of wine grapes in the US, but the majority of the Garfield Estates vines have been grafted from root stock that is resistant to phylloxera. White wines produced by Garfield Estates include Lagniappe Blanc; Viognier; Sauvignon Blanc; Albariño; and Fumè Blanc. Red wines include Zweigelt, a hardy Austrian variety; Cabernet Franc; a red blend called “G Road”; a Syrah; and a rosè that is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Sweet wines include a white blend, a Moscato, a Muscat Vin de Glace; and a Vin Au Chocolat. Retail prices range from $18 to $26 a bottle. The winery produces about 1,200 cases of wine a year, with the potential to produce more. In some years, the vineyard actually produces more grapes than the winemaker can keep up with. Currently there are 800-900 cases in reserve available for a new owner to jump-start their marketing campaign.
Excellent water rights on Western Colorado vineyard for sale
The Garfield Estates winery is blessed with abundant irrigation water for its vineyard. The 11 acres in cultivation are entitled to 55 acre feet of Palisade irrigation water, an old priority right that is available well into the fall. There is practically no way to apply 5 feet of water to each acre of land. The vines are watered by a state-of-the-art pressurized irrigation system using a pump to pressurize the water through a sand media filter system, then into a series of 11 zones delivering water to the vines through a drip spray system.