Winery owner among finalists for CEO award

Bob Witham, president and owner of Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction, was among the finalists for the CEO of the Year Award presented by ColoradoBiz magazine.

Witham was among nine finalists in the category for small businesses featured in the December issue of the Denver-based magazine.

Witham and his wife, Billie, started Two Rivers Winery in 1999 on 15 acres of property in the Redlands area of Grand Junction where some of the first winegrapes were grown in the Grand Valley before Prohibition. Since 1999, annual wine production at Two Rivers Winery has increased from 1,200 cases to 14,000 cases.

In 2002, the Withams opened the Chateau, a 13,000 square-foot facility to accommodate conferences, meetings, weddings and other events.

In 2009, the Withams acquired Amber Ridge Winery in Palisade in a deal that included more vineyard acreage as well as an additional production facility. While that facility is used for storage, it’s expected to eventually produce more than 6,000 cases of wine annually.