The Buckel Family Wine label is new in the Colorado Wine scene, although our winemaker has been part of this emerging region for over a decade.
After spending time in Sonoma County with BR Cohn, Flowers under Ross Cobb, and Rutz Cellars Joe got his Enologist degree from U.C. Davis and moved west to continue to hone his skills as a winemaker. With the opportunity to build the Sutcliffe Vineyards label from 1,000 cases to over 5,000 cases Joe became embedded in the Colorado landscape and the vineyards that span the Western Slope of Colorado.
The Colorado Plateau often referenced as the "Western Slope" is the southwest desert, which abuts against the Rocky Mountains. This provides high altitude intense heat with cool nighttime temperatures and breezes in the summer. Water is typically scarce until the summer monsoons hit in mid-July, bringing rains that soak the red earth. Fruits ripen with thickened skins due to the intense UV’s.
With the high altitude come concerns around spring and fall frosts. Spring frosts can impact fruit set and completely wipe out crops. The fall frosts can nip the fruit before it is fully ripened, which can naturally lead to lower alcohol wines.
Buckel Family Wine prides itself on being a modern, mountain-town winery with a strong connection to the farmers and land from which the grapes come from. We spend time getting to know the farmers and enjoy walking the vineyard with them.
Our wines are built to last and evolve overtime whether in the bottle or in the glass. We value eating farm to table food with local wines, family, and friends. We have been lucky enough to have our label in some of the finer wine shops and farm to table restaurants in the state. With a competitive bottle price our wine brand is one of the most reputable in the state, and that comes from our desire to make wine that reflect the terroir of our unique region.