Authentic, All-Natural Colorado Winery
Winemaker John & Daughter Julie
Winemaker John & Wife Birdie
Balistreri Vineyards is a family-owned & operated, all-natural Winery located just 10 minutes outside of Downtown Denver, Colorado.
We use Colorado-grown grapes to make our all-natural wines. We serve them in our tasting room for our guests to enjoy, and we also have a wonderful restaurant that serves seasonal, local, high-quality dishes.
Additionally, we are a full event center. With our ballroom, cellar, and garden areas, we are equipped to host events for 250+ guests.
Award-Winning, All-Natural Wines
Family-Owned & Operated
Full Event Center: Ballroom, Cellar, and Garden Areas
John pouring for guests
To all-natural winery…
John Balistreri’s family immigrated from Sicily to the United States in the early 1900s. John built greenhouses and grew carnations for many years, but continued Sicilian tradition of producing wine for family and friends.
Although winemaking had always been a family tradition, it wasn’t until 1998, with the efforts of John’s daughter Julie and wife Birdie, that the operation became a commercial endeavor. They built a modest tasting room to showcase their authentic and natural style of winemaking.
Since then, a much larger Winery & Event Center have been built, while still keeping to its traditional roots. On the very same land that the family has once grown carnations stands a new facility equipped with a wine cellar, tasting room, event center, and restaurant.
Staying true to Sicilian Tradition
We use Colorado grapes in our wines
Most of our grapes are grown in Colorado, so we are an authentic Colorado winery. Some of our grapes come from California grown by friends & family of the Balistreri’s.
We only use hand-picked grapes to ensure we are using the highest quality fruit in our wines. Our grapes are carefully crushed in the winery and allowed to ferment using their natural yeasts. This preserves the character and quality of the fruit.
When the wine is done fermenting, it is pressed using a bladder-style basket press and then siphoned by hand into fine American Oak Barrels. The wines age in barrel for approximately one year, where they undergo natural malolactic fermentation.
Colorado Malbec grapes almost ready to be picked…
No sulfites or chemicals
John Balistreri’s award-winning wines are traditionally handcrafted, made completely naturally without any sulfites or other chemicals, in a very approachable, easy-drinking style.
What does natural wine mean to us?
- Hand-harvested grapes
- High quality, single vineyard sites across Colorado and occasionally California
- Fermented on the natural yeasts
- No fining or filtering
- No sulfites, preservatives, or other chemicals
Balistreri Vineyards’ white wines are especially unique, made in an all-natural, ancestral method. We ferment our white grapes on their skins, like a red wine, which imparts a rich, deep color and flavor. Most white wines today are not fermented on their skins, only the juice.
This natural and historic style of white winemaking produces a golden-orange hue in the wines, which also may develop harmless sediment as they age. These “orange” white wines should be served only moderately chilled to preserve their body and aromas.
John in the Tasting Room
When visiting, you will be welcomed by Winemaker John Balistreri, his wife Birdie, their daughter Julie, and the rest of the Balistreri Team. We offer tastings of our wines and tours of our cellar and winemaking facilities.
Wine Flights, Glasses, and Bottles to enjoy
We host Winery Events throughout the year for our community to enjoy, and they are a perfect opportunity to have fun and learn more about our natural Balistreri Wines with friends & family.
Paired with delicious food from the Balistreri Kitchen, these events are not to be missed.