Wineries in Winter: How a Major Industry Makes it Through the Cold Months

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PALISADE, Colo.- A popular Grand Valley industry makes big changes during the winter.

The wineries of Palisade stay open all year, but don’t see as many visitors during the cold months.

Vineyard owner John Barbier fills in the gaps in his winery’s kitchen during the winter time. He owns Maison La Belle Vie in Palisade. He says he decreases his staff from 15 people to two people in the winter time. This means more work for him, but he says he enjoys cooking for special events which help his winery maintain business in the winter.

“We try to bring people here for different events. Not just to try wine only, but dinners, special deserts, small events,” said Barbier.

Down the road at Talon Wine Brands, the staff here uses the slow time to connect more with local patrons.

“We’ve been lucky here at Talon to have some dedicated wine club folks come in,” said Nathen Ocheltree, an employee in Talon’s taste room. “We get to have more quality interactions with folks. In the summertime it’s a lot of hustle and bustle. “

One local business leader says established wineries are used to making changes for the winter.

“There’s some businesses out here where this isn’t their first time going through this,” said Andrew Weber, executive director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce. “A lot of businesses when they’re setting up their budget, they’ve made arrangements in their budget for a slower time in the winter.”

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