Introducing Denver’s newest winery: Desert Moon Vineyards. What’s that you say? Desert Moon has been around since 2002. Yup, but now it is reinventing itself on the Front Range. After years of operating the vineyard, tasting room and winery, Desert Moon shifted the latter two parts of the operation to Englewood.
With its grand opening May 1-2, Desert Moon will officially jump on the ever crowded Front Range wine wagon — and trail. Garfield Estates, Cottonwood Cellars and Verso Cellars have all opened up tasting rooms in the Mile High City recently, joining the growing number of full-scale wineries already in operation.
The thought seems that Denver has a whole lot more sophisticated wine palates than the Western Slope. Desert Moon picked its spot in Englewood near the Centennial Airport based on sheer demand. There just aren’t a whole lot of Colorado wine options south of Denver.
“By moving the winery to the front-range, we are able to build relationships with our community. southeast Denver needs its very own winery,” says Debra Ray, Desert Moon owner and winemaker.
The 2,000 square food tasting room will be the only public tasting room in the area, although Dithyramb Winery operates just around the corner out of suburban home and offers private tours.
Desert Moon will still tend to its 10 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines on Orchard Mesa in Palisade that were planted in 2002, offering tours and tastings by appointment. There’s talk of a satellite tasting room there, too. The farmhouse on the Palisade property is being renovated into a vineyard-style bed and breakfast.
Desert Moon;s winery has been in full operation since January, and it has taken several months to get the tasting room ready for the May 1-2 party that will feature wine tastings, tours, music and food.
Grand opening, noon, May 1-2, Desert Moon Vineyards, 12656 E. Jamison Place, #12, Englewood, 303-990-9463