A First Hand Look into Breck’s Winery
About Continental Divide Winery
Continental Divide Winery (CDW) had their Grand Opening on December 22, 2016, and has been thriving ever since. Visitors looking for a new experience while in Breckenridge should head on over to see the staff at CDW. Offering wine blending parties, wine tastings, and blind tastings, there are options that range from 30 minutes to 2 hours of your time. Note: All tastings and blendings are done with red wine. Walk-ins are welcome but a reservation is recommended for wine blending.
Our staff at Best of Breck took it upon themselves to do some of the heavy lifting and are here to report that the experience at Continental Divide Winery is one that shouldn’t be missed. So without further ado, let’s dive into the wine blending experience.
Wine Blending Experience
So, what IS wine blending and what does a wine blending party look like? Wine blending is blending two or more wines together to create your own unique blend. With the help of an experienced winemaker (we loved Andy!), you will blend, bottle, label, and cork your wine. YES, you get to take your bottle with you! Think of it as a little keepsake of your trip to Breckenridge.
Sitting down you will notice a welcome placemat that is used to write down notes. As customers go through the experience of tasting different wines it is highly encouraged to talk about color, smell, and taste. Next, using authentic vintner equipment, your winemaker will give you instruction on how to measure, test, and taste your custom blends.
Lastly, out of the three blends you create (you can always create an extra if you didn’t get it just right), guests choose their favorite blend which they then measure and pour into a wine bottle. Cork it and create a custom label and voila! You’ve just created your first wine blend.
“On a girl’s trip to Breckenridge, we were looking for something fun and unique to enjoy our mountain getaway. We heard about a new wine blending experience and decided to give it a try! Not being expert wine drinkers, we had a blast guessing flavors, making different mixes, and laughing at our terrible math skills. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun new way to enjoy their afternoon during their mountain getaway!”
“We heard about wine blending at the Continental Divide Winery and had to try it for ourselves. The employees are very friendly and knowledgeable, the wines are superb, and the experience was one I’ll never forget! Trying to determine the different notes in each wine was fun, exciting, and full of laughs. Mixing and tasting different wines together was awesome! You get to create a unique red blend and take home a whole bottle of it! This is the perfect activity for bachelorette parties, a romantic date night, anniversaries, girls’ night out, or anyone who loves red wine!”
“I have done both a tasting and the wine blending experience at separate times. They were both packed full of exceptional wine and surprisingly educational. I would highly recommend the wine blending experience to anyone that is looking for a one-of-a-kind Breckenridge activity. It was so much fun to enjoy conversation with friends, learn more about wine varietals and get to leave with my own special wine blend. Whether you do the wine blending or just a tasting, Continental Divide Winery is a stop you must make while in Breckenridge!”
Delivering an experience that is very hands-on, interactive, customizable and catered to your personal preference in wine, our staff is confident that you will have a top-notch experience. It is a great way to spend a few hours with friends or family, especially on those cold, cold Breck days.
Furthermore, CDW is able to accommodate up to 16 people at a time, making this a great activity for bridal/bachelorette parties, a girls getaway or large family outings. Just looking for a date night? CDW books couples looking to celebrate an anniversary or date night quite often, but know that you may join another party if the table isn’t full.
Note that those chemistry and math classes you took in high school might come in handy. Additionally, this is a great exercise in learning to taste wine and start to develop a palate.
Lastly, the friendly staff at CDW recommends taking a shuttle and/or walking to the blending experience. While customers are not chugging bottles of wine per se, you do sip quite a bit within the 2-hour range. Not staying within walking distance? Check out our handy blog on how to get around Breckenridge.
Wine Tasting: $10 for 4, $15 for 6, $20 for 8, or request a blind tasting.
Hours of Operation:
Tasting Room: Open Daily: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wine Blending Parties: Sunday, Monday, Thursday or Friday: 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. Blending Unavailable Saturday.
TO RESERVE YOUR WINEMAKER EXPERIENCE CALL 970-771-3443