The ripening wine industry in Colorado

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PALISADE, Colo. The recent drought and earthquake had many thinking Palisade wines would flood the western states, but instead Grand Valley wineries target in-state buyers to keep business booming.

They can ship their wine across the country, but pricey liquor laws are what is keeping Western Colorado's wine off the shelves of stores across the states.

Most of the wineries of the Grand Valley are smaller, boutique establishments that say their looking to saturate Colorado's wine market and grab people from the Front Range to visit their tasting rooms for a variety of reasons.

“I'm a Colorado native for one, and I think that it's important it's become so popular to have things that are grown in your state,” says Naomi Smith, owner of Grande River Vineyards.

Successful social media and marketing campaigns also account for the increased foot traffic to the wineries this year.

In just a couple weeks, visitors from China, Europe, and all over the US will be in town for one of the largest wine events of the Western Slope.

The Colorado Mountain Winefest will run from September 18th through the 21st.