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“Great scenery and local wine”

Mountain Spirit Winery
Ranked #16 of 47 things to do in Salida
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Owner description: We are a family-owned and operated boutique winery nestled in the high country of Colorado's Upper Arkansas Valley. Five acres of farmland, replete with apple orchards and an old homestead house, surrounded by 14,000-foot mountain vistas establish the ambience for creating Mountain Spirit premium wines, many of which are available nowhere else in the world.Garnering more than 50 national and international awards for their wines, winemaker Andrew Ritchie and owners, Terry and Michael Barkett bring educational backgrounds of clinical medicine, laboratory technology and computer science to the winemaker's art. We continue to push the limits of exploring new blends, while maintaining the traditional historic high standards inherent to the gentle art of winemaking.
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Knowledgeable, friendly, helpful employee. Great wine. Fantastic restaurant, sat on the deck listening to the river.

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Reviewed 5 May 2013

It's nice to not have to pay to taste wines you may or may not like. It's great to see a company offer the tastings for free to sell their product. The winery was a little out of the way from the main North/South route and is a little west of Salida. It was nice because we were the only ones there when we stopped so we didn't have to contend with the crowds in town.

They don't grow any of their own grapes. All were purchased from other locations and then the wines were made there on site. They have a very simple set up. When you walk in you can see where the wine is made and they have a small counter for tasting and that's about it. Nothing fancy.

We checked them out online before making plans to travel out of the way, but we like sweet wines and they offered a decent selection. We purchased 3 different wines to take home. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Even made good suggestions of what to do it town. We enjoyed the stop.

1  Thank Eric S
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

This lovely little winery is just a short drive outside of Salida and offers some great wine tasting! I like my wine and enjoyed a wonderful wine chat with the very knowledgeable Cellar Assistant. The Blackberry Chardonnay was a special treat--such fruit to the front!!! I also enjoyed the tasty Merlot Raspberry. Mountain Spirit fruit wines are all made with Colorado fruit. The Cellar Assistant also clued me in that in winter 2012 the winery will be unveiling an apricot wine. I wish I lived nearby so I could taste it and admire the beautiful color. What a treat also to talk with the owner and watch him begin a filtering process. I loved seeing him working in his Crocs! Wine making is such a sticky business! There is a also a Mountain Spirit Winery tasting room in downtown Salida where you can get a good taste of the lovely wine but the winery itself is the real deal.

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Reviewed 3 October 2012

Good value. Enjoyable experience. Makes me want to visit their winery. Convenient location for wine tasting in town.

2  Thank Wayne1954
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

Nothing but likes here....pretty hard to beat good wine at the right price! This was the first wine tasting we had ever had where they didn't charge you....To top it off the gentleman serving was very nice, and the wine was excellent! A must stop about half way between Salida and Monarch,CO.

2  Thank KimboMax
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