People have wondered how we ended up in the wine business. After all, John is a civil engineer by profession having worked in the construction industry building large office buildings. And, Ulla, with a Ph. D. in computer science has worked in the high-tech industry developing software systems. It was our mutual love and appreciation of wine that got us into the wine business. In the late 70’s and early 80’s we attended numerous wine tastings and organized them for friends. Soon after we started growing grapes in our backyard near Baseline and 22nd Street in Boulder, which cultivated our passion for wine even more.
We discovered Palisade on one of our backpacking trips driving to Moab in the spring of 1994. Palisade is a picturesque, quaint farming town and back in 1994 peaches were the dominant crop. 1994 was the year we also attended the Colorado Mountain Winefest where we participated in a seminar on grape growing in Colorado presented by the state viticulturist.
One thing led to another and we connected with a real estate agent looking for suitable vineyard land. In 1995 we found what we were looking for and purchased a ten acre peach orchard.
It is important to us to grow our own grapes so we can control the quality from source to finished product. We are also proud that all our wines are made from 100% Colorado grown grapes.