The Winery at Pikes Peak provides complimentary wine tasting of our 6 signature wines, while a quick snack and our relaxing garden room await you.
The Parliament Blend, named after the proprietors, is a unique blend of cabernet and syrah, always smooth until the glass is empty.
Our amazing Cabernet starts with a real kick and by the second sip, softens to a smooth sensation.
Balanced to the last drop, the Chardonnay is crisp and refreshing, with a hint of smoke.
Not too sweet, but not too dry, our Riesling is very easy to drink.
The Pinot Gris is a bit drier than most, with a slight hint of apple.
Last, but not least, our Rosie C, named after the matriarch of the family, Rosie Chamandy, is an exquisite blend of Merlot and Reisling. This rose hits both ends of the spectrum, some taste it sweet and some taste it dry.
Chill Switch Wines is a family-owned boutique winery in Cedaredge, Colorado. Winemaker Dave Aschwanden creates his wines with patience and old world techniques that allow the wine to develop its complex flavors naturally. We age our reds in french oak for 30 months, our whites between 18-30 months in stainless steel. Crafted exclusively from grapes grown in Colorado, all Chill Switch wines are made without adulteration: no freaky stuff. No color enhancers, flavorings, artificial aromas, stabilizers, clarifiers etc. Do you want a wine without all the adjustments and additions so common in most mass produced wines? Do you want a wine that is also vegan, that is without the animal based fining/filtering materials so often used? Then reach for Chill Switch
Great wines come from many places. Our first estate vineyards were planted in early 2000 and since then, Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery has been committed to a simple approach. Produce high quality wines using Colorado Estate grown grapes that appeal to a broad spectrum of wine lovers. This translates to growing the highest quality grapes possible using sustainable methods in the vineyard and applying passion and know how to turning those grapes into drinkable, approachable wines. Making that possible requires successful execution in all aspects of the wine making business. Good grapes come from the unique Colorado growing conditions or terroir, including close to the same degree days as Napa Valley, bright, high altitude sunny days and cool evenings. Taking solid grapes and making delicious wine also requires a capable facility, good equipment and knowledgeable wine making. Our scale offers the opportunity to hand craft each wine to insure adherence to our philosophy of high quality, approachability and broad appeal. We are a family owned and operated business that flows from a shared passion for the living thing that is wine. We thrive on offering to share our passion and offer hospitality to our guests and wine club members. Please be assured that you will always be at home when visiting Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery. Our Best Regards!
On August 1st, 2013 Jeff Carr passed the reigns over to the Barratt family from Texas. Allison, their eldest daughter, is the general manager and will eventually become the winemaker. Curt and Dee continue to reside in McKinney, Texas until their retirement, when they will move to the winery and help with day-to-day operations. Allison worked at a couple of wineries in Texas before moving up to Colorado.
Our focus is on producing the best hand crafted Rhône style wines in Colorado. We source our grapes primarily from the Central Coast of California. Reach out to contact us and schedule your private tasting. Of course the best bet is to pop by the tasting room in Littleton Colorado during open hours in person and experience the decadence and expressiveness of our hand crafted ultra-premium wines. This website is updated multiple times a week and is the best place for the latest info like open hours (they vary by season) and events.
We are an award winning family owned boutique craft winery, located in the beautiful foothills of Ken Caryl Ranch in Littleton Colorado.
Our passion for wine making is in Rhône style ultra-premium wines which we hand-craft with the utmost attention to detail. Our wine making accepts no compromise in ingredients or handling practices, resulting in beautifully decadent wines with heaps of flavor and attitude.
We source grapes from California’s Central Coast, as well as Walla Walla, WA, and even here in Colorado. The grapes we purchase are top-notch and arrive at our crush pad about 20 hours after pick. This allows us to focus on flavor, balance and ripeness of fruit lending to wines that exhibits the integrity that was put into them in the vineyard.
We practice sustainability by managing water, power and waste, as well as insuring any organic matter goes back to the earth rather than landfills. We donate our grape pumice to the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Arboretum location, which is a nitrogen rich compost enhancement.
We spent many years searching for a delicious cider. Since we could not find anything available to satisfy our discerning palate, we decided to create our own version of an exceptional cider. The search, which started as a hobby, became our true calling and passion. The excitement, dedication and fulfillment in making the best cider possible is the reason our “Wild Cider” is so terrific!
Our story begins in the fall of 2012, when we finally found the ideal spot for our cidery. The site in Firestone, Colorado consists of 14 acres of prime, agricultural land, located in rural, north Denver. The property is in the heart of what was once known as “the fruit basket of the West”. Seventy-five years ago, there were over two million fruit trees in Northern Colorado but in 1951 a hard freeze killed the entire cherry crop and decimated the rest of the fruit trees. Most trees were never replanted until we took over! In the spring of 2014, our hard-working friends and family came together to plant our new orchard of 1,100 trees. The orchard consists entirely of the specific English-cider, fruit varieties. These plants will provide the fruit for our cider and we will be able to reanimate our property as the“fruit basket of the West”.
First settled in 1919, our property has its own rich and intriguing story. It started as a dairy farm and the original farm house still remains on the property, along with the milk storage barn. In 2004, the property was redeveloped into a creamery which produced gourmet goat milk and cheese. During this redevelopment, a new production facility was constructed, and as it turns out…..it’s perfectly suited for cider production! Fortunately, the modern processing facility was in pristine condition and ready to begin its new life as a cidery. Before long, we had the new and improved facility ready to make our delicious cider.
For many months prior to opening our doors, we toiled over creating our final recipes. All our labor has coalesced in the production of the World’s Best Ciders. We are certain you will agree. We can’t wait for you to taste our phenomenal, award winning cider that is made with true heart and passion. ENJOY!