Having first met in Crested Butte, fallen in love in Colorado, and cultivated our passion for making really good wine here in Colorado, there’s no place we’d rather be. There’s something about this land, the people, and the way time passes here. You can see it in the vibrant sunsets, draping the sandstone cliffs that tower over the Western Slope’s orchards and vineyards, feel it while shaking hands and exchanging laughs with a farmer as you load up the season’s harvest, and taste it while taking that first sip of a new vintage, as fall’s cooler air funnels into the valley and golden aspens glow in the low-angled afternoon sun.
Colorado is truly a special place, and we aim to share as much of it with you as possible. From the terroir, to the history, and the adventures that await, come back here often for our family’s favorites of Colorado and Crested Butte.
Buckel Family Wine Tasting Room Is Opening January 2020
Colorado is truly a special place, and we aim to share as much of it with you as possible which is why we decided back in June to build a tasting room to share with our wine club members, wine enthusiasts and the people of the Gunnison Valley. We decided it was time for us to create a new space where friends, newcomers, fans of Buckel Family Wine and curious wine seekers could come sit around our tables, exchange stories of adventures along with a glass of really good wine.
At the heart of our new tasting room, we wanted to focus on offering a comfortable community-focused space that has the capacity for us to showcase what is spectacular about Colorado wines, offer engaging experiences and host unique tastings and experimentations. We know that you will love the space and we invite you to host your private events with us. The tasting room will be a perfect location for catered events, work parties and other creative endeavors. Please email us to discuss your event in further details.
The tasting room will be open to the public and all are welcome. Wines will be served by knowledgeable staff as tastings, by the glass and as selected flights. The Buckel Family Wine Bar will be a great happy hour destination as well as a great place to stop and purchase wine before heading up valley. You can find the tasting room and wine bar located at 1018 Highway 135, Unit B, Gunnison. When driving towards Crested Butte, we are located on the east side of Highway 135 just north of Gunnison.
Now is the perfect time to join our Wine Club because all Buckel Family Wine Club Members will receive a free glasses of wine at the tasting room, as well as discounts on wine purchases. Learn more by visiting our Club Membership page.
We are thrilled that our expansion project is in its final stages; we thought we would get into the tasting room this fall but we feel its better to be conservative and we will be spending the next month finishing up construction and furnishing the wine bar. We plan to be open and operating Thursday-Sundays from 2:00-7:00pm beginning in January 2020. We will announce our official first day in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us with your questions and please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and photos.
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.