Go to a winery, brewery, or even a meadery
Let’s cut to the chase: Palisade has wineries. A ton of them. Located in the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area, a federally recognized, designated wine grape-growing region, the area has more than 20 wineries dispersed across the town’s 1.1-square-mile circumference -- many of which do not require a fee or reservation to taste.
You could spend days sipping local wines, but there are several can’t-miss stops. For a French-inspired experience, visit Maison la Belle Vie and enjoy the patio and welcoming shade of the sprawling willow tree. You can’t go wrong sampling any of the small-batch reserve series, included the barbera, and petit verdot. Grande River Vineyards, the largest winery in Colorado with the largest wine list, has been making Bordeaux-style wines for more than 20 years. The whites steal the show, as evidenced by their viognier and Meritage white.
For a unique experience, hit up Meadery of the Rockies, Colorado’s original meadery. Swapping out grapes for honey in the fermentation process, the mead is an ancient spirit with a distinct flavor profile. For first-timers, Meadery of the Rockies offers traditional blends based on honey content, fruit blends, and dessert wines. Be sure to sample the Honey Sheré, a complex, barrel-aged honey wine that clocks in at 18.5% ABV.
Not partial to fermented grapes (or honey)? Palisade is also home to a brewery and distillery. For hop-heads, Palisade Brewing Company offers an extensive selection, including solid year-round brews such as Dirty Hippie Dark American Wheat and High Desert Red Ale. Those looking for a taste of the hard stuff will be pleasantly surprised with Peach Street Distillers. Purveyors of damn fine spirits, the distillery features a diverse profile, including amaro, apricot brandy, gin, Colorado bourbon, and grappa.