First batch of wine, 9000 bottles, were produced in 2014.
2015- we established the Purgatory Cellars Winery in Parker, Colorado (Douglas County). Grapes are purchased mainly in Colorado, some grape varietals in New Mexico. We enriched the wine spectrum in Colorado, as well as in the U.S. by introducing amphora wine making technique, i.e. producing wines in amphorae, clay pots hardly present technique in this part of the world.
Coming Soon: Wine tasting room in Highlands Ranch, CO.
The usage of Georgian Amphora (Qvevri) containers to store and ferment wines is a tradition in winemaking dating back to 6th century, B.C. Today this ancient technology is making a comeback among brewers and vintners throughout the world, mostly in Europe and the Middle East.
Currently, there are only a handful of wineries in the United States utilizing this method. Purgatory Cellars is proud to be the first winery in Colorado to utilize this ancient method and introduce our Amphora-aged wines. Wines made in Amphorae show complexity and soft tannins on the pallet, and long maceration period (up to 9 months) on the skin causes darker color so they are called Orange Wines.
9 medals at Colorado Governor's Cup since established.
- Cabernet Franc
- Cabernet Franc Ice Wine
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine
- Chardonnay Amphora
Silver Medal, 2016
- Petite Sirah
- Zinfandel Reserve