Wine group among grant recipients

An association of vineyards and wineries in Mesa County is among the recipients of federal grants awarded through a Colorado Department of Agricultural specialty crops program.

The Colorado Association of Viticulture & Enology received a $10,000 grant to increase visitor access to vineyards, winery tasting rooms and orchards in the Palisade area.

The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board also received a $10,000 grant to host the 2012 Drink Local Wine conference. In addition, Colorado State University received a $35,800 grant to conduct a market and economic analysis of Olathe sweet corn to determine if processed products are viable.