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Colorado | Biodynamic Overview

AVA Essentials

• Colorado is home to 100 wineries scattered across a wide variety of microclimates. 


• Most of the wine growing regions are also home to fruit orchards


• Estate wineries with biodynamic vines: 1


• Biodynamic estate vineyard acres: 18


• Biodynamic case production (estimated):  1,600

Wineries

Tasting Rooms | Events

Biodynamic Vines | Acres

• Jack Rabbit Hill: 18 

Biodynamic Vines | Varieties

• Chardonnay

• Malbec

• Merlot

• Pinot Meunier

• Pinot Noir

• Riesling

Biodynamic Vines | Cases

• Jack Rabbit Hill: 1,600

Jack Rabbit Hill | Colorado AVA | Hotchkiss

Winery Overview

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Location

• Sources its estate wines from its 18 acres of biodynamic vines in Redlands Mesa south of Grand Junction, Colorado in the North Fork Valley and buys biodynamic apples for cider and brandy


• Additional keg and box wines come from conventional growers


• The winery and tasting room are on the farm site


Best known for


• Diversified Colorado producer uniquely making all manner of organic and biodynamic beverages—wines, spirits (gin, vodka and bitters), brandies, grappas, and cider


• Produces small lots of four biodynamic wines ($25-75) and three biodynamic grappas (from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Riesling)


• Proprietors Lance and Anna Hanson, tech refugees from the Bay Area, started the operation in 2001, on a property where Lance's sister had a small cattle ranch; today they still raise sheep and cows on the 70 acre farm


• Originally focused solely on making wine, they planted Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Foch, Riesling, Vignoles and Bianca Malvasia; today they make most of their wine for the restaurant keg market, producing smaller lot wines for retail sale


• Their keg and box wines—distributed through their Wine Tapistry brand—are served at Denver area restaurants and bars; though mostly sourced from conventional growers, a few are organic or biodynamic


• Early on, the Hansons began experimenting with distilling grapes (using a beautiful, vintage copper still from Germany), and fell in love with making spirits


• Their popular organic craft spirits (gin and vodka ) and biodynamic bitters, made under the CapRock label, quickly earned them a following in the market place; their current lineup has grown to 10 products and 10,000 cases


• Their other spirits include biodynamic grappas, organic and biodynamic brandies and organic eau de vie


• In 2015 Jack Rabbit Hill debuted the first ever biodynamic cider, under their New Avalon label,  made from apples grown at Filigreen Farm, a biodynamic farm in Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, California; the 500 case label has since added a burgeoning cider club


• They recently began growing biodynamic hemp and plan to produce CBD oil, hydrosols and essential oils as part of their new medicinal plant program 


• PBS recently featured Jack Rabbit Hill in their new series tasteMAKERS (available to stream online)


Biodynamic case production


1,500 (out of 1,500) (bottled wines)

100 (out of 5,000) (keg and box wines)


Certified


Vineyard and winery, organic, 2001-2018,  

Colorado Dept. of Agriculture, Stellar Certification Services; biodynamic, 2007-present, Demeter USA

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Biodynamic Grapes

Certified Wines: "Biodynamic Wine"

Bottle Labeled: "Biodynamic Wine"


• Bordeaux Blend

• Chardonnay

• Pinot Noir

• Pinot Noir-Meunier 

• Riesling


ESTATE SPIRITS

 

• Grappas (Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir)

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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Free

Farm tour 


$5

Tasting 


NOTE: In late November of 2019, the winery plans to open a tasting room called the Farm Bar on Blake Street in Denver.

 

Jack Rabbit Hill Farm

26567 North Rd.

Hotchkiss CO 81419


970.234.9463


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