Beginning in 1998, we transformed a homestead hay farm in McElmo Canyon into vineyards and built our straw bale winery and home. Our mission is to make distinctive premium wines from our vineyards and offer a memorable experience for visitors to our winery in this enchanting corner of Colorado.
McElmo Canyon is the southwest arm of Montezuma Valley on the Colorado Plateau, west of the Rocky Mountains, and was an ancient ancestral Puebloan trade route and historical fruit-growing region in Colorado. McElmo Creek runs through this narrow 21-mile long valley from Montezuma Valley on the east to the San Juan River in Utah on the west. The Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and legendary volcanic Sleeping Ute Mountain rises to nearly 10,000 feet south of our farm. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument begins below the rim rock on the north and Mesa Verde provides spectacular vistas to the east.
We sited the vineyards and buildings carefully on our 155-acre farm to preserve the high desert piñon and juniper landscape and riparian wildlife areas along McElmo Creek. We avoid numerous ancestral Puebloan sites. Conscientious land stewardship, thoughtful growing practices, and thrifty use of natural resources allow us to maintain the continuity of agricultural endeavor in this fragile place.