Trip Advisor: Palisade ranks among top wine destinations

Palisade ranks among the top 10 destinations in the United States for wine enthusiasts in the results of an annual awards program announced on a popular website offering travel reviews and advice.

Palisade ranks ninth in the list of the top 10 wine destinations in the U.S. as part of the 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards announced by TripAdvisor.

“The wine world continues to realize what we’ve known for years: Colorado makes world-class wines in some of the most beautiful settings anywhere,” said Doug Caskey, the executive director of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. “It’s unpretentious wine country with Colorado attitude and altitude.”

Palisade sits in the middle of the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area, a wine-growing region that accounts for about three-quarters of the vineyards and a quarter of the wineries in Colorado.

A brief story about Palisade on the TripAdvisor website at www.tripadvisor.com also mentions the use of locally grown fruit in making wines.

In addition, the website includes four Palisade winners as “don’t miss” attractions: Carlson Vineyards, Hermosa Vineyards, Meadery of the Rockies and Plum Creek Winery.

Sonoma County and Napa Valley rank first and second, respectively, in the list. Three other wine-growing regions in California also made the top 10: Paso Robles, Temecula and Plymouth. The Willamette Valley in Oregon, Walla Walla area of Washington and Finger Lakes and Long Island ares of New York also made the list.

TripAdvisor ranks among the most popular travel information websites in ranking hotels on how well they’ve been reviewed by customers.

Caskey said the TripAdvisor ranking of Palisade comes at a time when several other national magazines feature stories about the area.

The October issue of Men’s Journal includes a story about a bicycle trip along the Palisade Fruit and Wine Byway. An article in Smithsonian Magazine about wine in unexpected places points out that Colorado grapes grow at high elevations.

The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board promotes and helps market wines and wine-related tourism and also supports research in growing grapes and making wines.