The 10 Best Things to Do in Palisade, United States

August 5, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. It is part of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,692 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Palisade

1. Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room

461 35 Rd, Palisade, CO 81526-9518 +1 970-464-5554
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 135 reviews

Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room

While we take the art of winemaking seriously, we like to have fun too. A favorite since 1988, we're known for pioneering Colorado wines made from local grapes and fruit, with names like Laughing Cat, Cougar Run, and a Dinosaur series. Carlson Vineyards, a small farm winery, produces premium wines in the heart of Colorado wine country above the town of Palisade, at an altitude of 4700 ft. Grape wines: Riesling, T-Red (Lemberger), Sweet Baby Red, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. Fruit wines: Cherry, Plum, Peach and Pearadactyl (Pear-Apple). Relax and savor the scenic vistas of the Grand Valley and Colorado River too. Located on Palisade's Fruit & Wine Scenic Byway around mile marker 6 on East Orchard Mesa.

Reviewed By Orlando H - Commerce City, Colorado

The best place to relax and visit while having a glass of wine. After you're done tasting, you can buy a glass (or bottle) and enjoy it in their backyard covered by trees (which is a good thing because it was well into the 90s), lush grass, and plenty of comfortable seating. The owners were very pleasant, and didn't make you feel rushed to make a purchase just to send you on your way.

2. Hermosa Vineyards

3269 3/4 C Rd, Palisade, CO 81526-9529 +1 970-640-0940
Excellent
84%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Hermosa Vineyards

Palisade Vineyards and Winery

Reviewed By Sarah M - Colorado

What great location, tasting and service! We went here with a pretty large group and was lucky enough to score a huge table and our service was not lacking despite our crowd. I believe it was during the week though which always helps in this town. the gentleman who helped us was patient regarding the fact that not everyone in our group was as familiar with wines as some of us. The scenery is beautiful and it was really nice being in an outside area but feeling like I was on a friend's back patio. Their wine was well priced for the purchase and their reds are delicious! Full-bodied and a wonderful aftertaste without being bitter at all.

3. Meadery of the Rockies

3701 G Rd, Palisade, CO 81526-8614 +1 970-464-9288
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Meadery of the Rockies

As Colorado's first and most bee-loved meadery, Meadery of the Rockies makes an array of honey based wines. We start with pure, raw orange blossom honey, then ferment it. We also craft fruit wine and honey wine blends. They're blends of mead and fruit wines such as blackberry, strawberry and peach. We also carry fortified dessert wines. Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks known to man and has a rich and interesting history. Stop by our tasting room in the heart of Palisade, CO to learn more and have complementary tastes of our mead.

Reviewed By THSMTHS - Glendale, Arizona

We had stopped here a few years ago and picked up a few bottles of a wine called King Arthur. It is made of honey and they feel it is close to what they drank during the time of King Arthur. This visit we found...MoreGreetings THSMTHS, Thank you for your kind words. Glad to know that even though we've re-branded our honey wine, you still enjoyed it. Please come and see us next time you visit the area. Cheers! Colleen

4. Maison la Belle Vie Winery

3575 G Rd, Palisade, CO 81526-8701 +1 970-464-4959
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Maison la Belle Vie Winery

Maison La Belle Vie (French for "House of Beautiful Life") was planted 8 years ago. The first vintages from the estate winery, were introduced in 2006 and included Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Rosé and Muscat; a dessert wine that is traditional in the Loire Valley in France. Maison la Belle Vie has now added 3 Reserve wines, a Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot all aged for 4 years as well as the famous Vin de Peche; a Muscat, fortified with peaches - a recipe from John's family that has been handed down through the generations since the late 1800's. A new addition is a hand crafted walnut liquor that is simply delicious.

Reviewed By JacksGal - Denver, Colorado

We came here on rented bicycles one afternoon. Really enjoyed the tastings and the positive energy and attitude of the staff. We enjoyed them and the cab sav and marichel Foch (probably misspelling) so much that we decided to come back after 6:00 when we...MoreThank you for your wonderful review of Maison La Belle Vie Winery. Your comments regarding our staff, food & wine, and the winery atmosphere are very much appreciated. We hope that we can serve you again in the near future!!

5. Talon Winery

785 Elberta Ave, Palisade, CO 81526-8805 +1 970-464-9288
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Talon Winery

Talon Winery & St. Kathryn Cellars offers a full range of traditional locally produced wines. We make reds, whites, dessert wines and blends. Our location is right next to the highway, so we're super convenient. Aside from wine, we offer a large selection of excellent gifts for your friends and family. You can also learn about Colorado's fascinating wine producing history with our Colorado Wine History display. Finally, we are home to the Colorado Fudge Factory, which makes a tantalizing array of constantly changing flavors of fresh fudge. Since our sister winery, St. Kathryn Cellars, is in the same building, it is like visiting two tasting rooms in one.

Reviewed By FishinTexan - Grand Bahama Island

Our 2nd year in a row to visit the Grand Junction area. We needed some wine for evening sunset watching. We stopped here to see what they offered. Not into to fruit wines, we were looking for blends or traditional grape varietals. We tasted a few and settled on a blend. Nice friendly staff, lots of food and wine samples.

6. Peach Street Distillers

144 Kluge Ave, Palisade, CO 81526-9758 +1 970-464-1128
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Peach Street Distillers

Reviewed By Orlando H - Commerce City, Colorado

We stopped at this distillery by mistake because we were actually looking for the brewery down the street; shame on us. The only friendly service we received was from the guy at the door asking for ID's. The bartender was more worried about listening in to a conversation her fellow bartender was having with someone else then to even acknowledge us. Now wouldn't you think if it's your own distillery, you would want to at least talk about your product? Not her. Basically what would you like and have a nice day. The place was packed with very little seating. There was more places to sit outside but when the temperature is in the 90s and there is no shade and the service was bad and the drinks were marginal at best....did I forget to mention we stopped in here by mistake.

7. St Kathryn Cellars

785 Elberta Ave, Palisade, CO 81526-8805 +1 970-464-9288
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

St Kathryn Cellars

Located in the heart of Palisade wine country, St. Kathryn Cellars offers complementary tastings of a wide array of fruit wines such as Pomegranate, Peach Passion and Elderberry, that use 100% fruit juice. They are fermented like wine, but most don't use a single grape! St. Kathryn Cellars is connected to Talon Winery and the Colorado Fudge Factory. Come give fruit wines a try!

Reviewed By Rita B

Well, I have to say up front that I am not a fan of most fruit wines. But, I do find this winery to be a good source of wines for some of my friends.The winery itself has a charming, picnic-worthy lawn, a large tasting...MoreHello Rita B- Thank you for taking the time to write a review and encouraging people to stop in, visit us and check out our gift shop. Please come and see us again sometime soon! Cheers! Colleen

8. Suncrest Orchard Alpacas

3608 E 1/4 Rd, Palisade, CO 81526-9360 +1 970-464-4862
Excellent
86%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 41 reviews

Suncrest Orchard Alpacas

Reviewed By GiseppeGord

Suncrest has a small gift shop to purchase yarn and other finished products. Tour of yarn machining room conducted by pleasant staff person. There are about 40 Alpacas that you can see. Pleasant drive to orchards seeing the valley and other orchards, vineyards.

9. Varaison Vineyards and Winery

405 W First St, Palisade, CO 81526-8784 +1 970-464-4928
Excellent
80%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Varaison Vineyards and Winery

Reviewed By Courtney L - Denver, Colorado, United States

The complementary tasting walks you through about 6 different wines with instructions on how best to taste a white vs. red. what certain wine terms mean, and what fruit notes to look for. I didn't love the wine itself (too sweet/fruit forward), but my boyfriend did - and to each her own - but the tasting was the most informative in town!

10. Grande River Vineyards & Winery

787 Elberta Ave, Palisade, CO 81526-8805 +1 970-464-5867
Excellent
46%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Grande River Vineyards & Winery

Grande River Vineyards...Gateway to Colorado's Wine Country and Colorado's Premium Winegrowing Estate offers tours and wine tasting daily of our European varietal wines made in the traditional style from Colorado grown fruit. Hours 9:00am to 5:00pm daily (362 days per year). Just off I-70 at Exit 42 in beautiful Palisade, Colorado. Stop in and see Colorado's Solar Powered Winery and taste a few of our award winning wines!

Reviewed By Susan M

Beautiful building. Computers were down but staff worked quickly to process customers. Friendly hostess for wine tasting. Large selection. However, glasses were not rinsed between tastes, a minor infraction, but makes a difference. Tasty wines. Our favorite was Sweet Red Wine 2015. Will make a lovely fruit Sangria.

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