OPEN EVERY SATURDAY 9-5
THROUGH END OF THE YEAR
We're a family owned vineyard and boutique winery with lots of grapes to grow and crush and press.
So we hope you'll forgive us that we open only on Saturdays. Come join the fun. We'll be tasting at least a dozen wines, dry to sweet, and you can browse the shop while you're doing it.
At the Le Fuselier Winery, tasting is always free and always fun.
We do 30 to 40 wines a year and we work hard to control our prices. We see ourselves as the Village Winery and strive to maintain price points attractive to our local customers.
Here's a sample of our wines:
2012 CABERNET FRANC
2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
8-YEAR-OLD ELEGANCE $15.95
Because we're a small, boutique winery we don't have to have the same economies of scale as the big guys. So we can keep a wine in its French Oak barrels for years. This is a smooth, mellow cab with the tawny color of a fine old Bordeaux.
GREAT VINTAGE SUITABLE FOR AGING $14.95
These grapes were hand sorted into the crusher and fermented in small containers, then aged in oak barrels.
2008 OLD WORLD BLEND ZINFANDEL, CABERNET SAUVIGNON & SYRAH $13.95
One of our most requested wines. Delightfully different with a hint of effervescence, it’s lighter and less imposing.
2009 PINOT NOIR
SMELLS LIKE ROSE PETALS $15.95 A Steve Rhodes Memorial Wine.
AN EASY DRINKING RED WINE $15.95
2014 TOM'S NORTON
OUR SIGNATURE WINE $15.95
2014 CAYUGA WHITE
OUR BEST SELLING SEMI-SWEET WINE $9.95
We love growing the Cayuga grape and this is why. It's not to sweet for dry wine drinkers. It's not to dry for sweet wine drinkers. The perfect gift wine, locally grown and locally aged.
2014 APPLE CRISP
WE BET YOU'VE NEVER HAD AN APPLE LIKE THIS $11.95
Fresh from local orchards, pressed ice cold in the state prison's underground Apple Shed, this snappy wine sells itself.
NEW WINES FROM OUR VINEYARD
If you’re looking for that special Christmas gift, Karin has a lot of new stuff in the shop along with holiday baskets that include wine, jelly and wine related gifts. You can even make your own basket and the basket is free.
We’ll also have two new all-local wines this weekend. Chardonel is a lightly sweet hybrid of Chardonnay that we grow in our Block A. It was bred by Cornell University to be a more cold-hardy version of Chardonnay, but it turned out to be neither cold hardy nor much like Chardonnay. Instead, Chardonel produces beautiful bunches of tightly packed white grapes that make a fine wine very distinctive in its own right. The few plantings of this rare grape around the country have produced award winning wines in very high demand.
If you’re looking for a special Christmas dinner varietal, you cannot beat Chardonel. It has just the right sweetness for a turkey or ham meal and a really wonderful, unique flavor not unlike unoaked Chardonnay.
Also coming this Saturday is our annual Quartet, a sweeter red made from three grapes from Dr. Susan Levy’s northside vineyard and our own Frontenac. The grapes come in each year in varying amounts so the blend and flavor of each vintage is always different.
The fall season is passing so quickly. It’s hard to believe we have only three Saturdays left. Meanwhile, we had to start watering the vineyard again to prevent winter dissication. We’ve never seen it so dry. And still no moisture in the 10-day forecast. Saturday will be clear and sunny with a high near 50 degrees. Hope to see you all.
Also, Legatum Cellars is now open just down the hill from us. If you live in one our big cities, be happy you’re so near Wine Country. Why not make a day of it and hit all three Canon City wineries. There’s no snow here in our special micro-climate and it’s ten degrees warmer.
Le Fuselier Winery at Spring Creek Vineyards, 1702 Willow Street at Highway 115 in Canon City.
Cabernet Franc is back
Colorado’s best grape has returned to the Le Fuselier Winery. Two years of poor harvests put the squeeze on this fine varietal and even at $24 a bottle we sold out our last vintage more than a year ago.
But good harvests the last two years have brightened the outlook for this popular treat and we are delighted to release the first barrel of our 2015 Cab Franc at just $15.95.
Cabernet Franc is an ancient grape. It is believed to be the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon and is very similar, but Franc is milder and less edgy. With its savory bell-pepper flavors, it is a key ingredient in all fine Bordeaux wines. But Cab Franc tends to have less body and is weakly colored in France. And it isn’t much better in California where it rarely stands alone as an unblended wine.
It’s in Colorado that this pre-Roman vine has found its natural home. Our high altitude, hot summers and mild evenings - cooled by the descending mountain air - creates a full bodied, deeply colored wine of extraordinary character. If Colorado ever becomes famous as a wine producing area, Cab Franc will lead the way.
The harvest is in
The two best days of the year are the day we start harvest and the day we finish it. Yea! It’s finished.
This week we brought in the last of the grapes in the vineyard, our late harvest Riesling, crushed and pressed them, did a final wash up and put everything away for a year. That’s a wrap.
And what a harvest! An absolute record in every category. For the first time ever, we and our local contract growers grew every grape we need. Not a single grape was brought in from outside. That marks a milestone in the resurgence of the grape industry in Fremont County.
Now the winery is awash in the yeasty scents of new wine fermenting, wines like Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Chancellor, Foch, Marquette and many others, all grown in local soil.
Now we can catch up on our bottling and bring you this fall a number of brand new fine red blends barreled last year.
Let's hear it for a
A very mild winter has left us with a bumper crop of grapes this year.
We had excellent years in 2011 and 2012 but poorer crops in 2013 and 2014 so we're due for a good year.
But good year or bad, we are always increasing our supply of locally grown grapes as we bring more contract growers on line. The state is beginning to recognize Canon City in general and Brookside in particular as a grape growing region of increasing importance.
Our little suburb of Canon City was one of Colorado's best grape producing areas around the turn of the century before prohibition. We are delighted to watch the restoration of this agricultural industry.
Brookside's best grapes are Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Norton, Chancellor, Cayuga White and Viognier. And don't forget those great Canon City apples that create our Apple Crisp wine, cool, crisp and refreshing.
Canon City has been growing fine wine grapes for more than 100 years. If you haven't discovered it yet, what better time?
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We don't just grow grapes, we try to develop grape growing in Canon City. We believe in building local agricultural infrastructure and a sustainable community. In fact, we have almost 20 small contract growers around the city. We pay over-market prices of 80 cents a pound for these varieties of grapes:
Chardonel, Cayuga White, Traminette, Frontenac, Norton, Riesling, Cab Franc, Noirette, Corot Noir, Chancellor, de Chanauc, Seyval, Zweigelt and Vignoles.
Groups love to visit our winery & vineyard
While our winery is normally open only on Saturdays during the spring and fall, we are always happy to entertain groups for wine tastings and vineyard tours. Groups like the Canon City Coop, the Gadabouts, the Canon Zonta club and the Canon City Garden Club are regular visitors. Call us at 719-315-2075 to arrange your group visit.