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The Winery Tasting Room in Olathe



             Wednesday thru Saturday 

          from 11 AM to 5:30 PM.


     (except on festival weekends

            please call ahead)

Our Calendar of Events is growing fast.  It is updated as we add new items; so check it often. 

New Events will start in April annually.

The Wine Train Colorado
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
featuring Cottonwood Cellars Wine
Wine Train Menu
2016 Carbonated BLUSH –  Great fruity flavor with light carbonation.  Slightly off-dry, the ripe strawberry and peach flavors linger with the aroma and on the pallet.  A nice party wine going well with light foods and snacks or just as a porch pounder.  Very Popular!                                                                                                                        
First Course
Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Capers
2017 Chardonnay – Fermented Sur Lees method in new oak barrels with a light creamy bouquet of oak, apple, and pineapple.  Flavors of apple, unripe pineapple and oak are laced with firm acidity and moderate tannin.  It finishes medium-broad and medium-long with a lingering spicy oak flavor.  Pairs well with a variety of foods, fish, chicken, cheeses etc…
Grape, Cheese and Fruit Tray / Vegetarian Option (Hummus and Pita Chips)
2016 White Pinot Noir - Lovely rose color and slightly Off Dry.  Very fruity with light peach taste.  Goes well with cheddar cheese, spicy and Mexican food.  One of our most popular wines last season and this.  Will sell out this year. Very Popular!    
Second Course
Beef Tenderloin Crostini
2015 Cabernet Franc - This wine would go well with Prime Rib or any red meat.  It has ripe, smooth, soft, attractive aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, and black cherry plus hints of vanilla and smoke.  All repeat as flavors which are light bodied, are not sweet and are accented with light tannin.
Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce / Vegetarian Option (Ratatouille on Garlic Bread)
2015 Lemberger - An Austrian varietal Lemberger, is rapidly becoming Colorado’s grape.  A full-bodied dark dry red, this wine has lots of fruit up front (strawberry, cherry and peach), followed by an earthy note, fresh ground black pepper and light toasted oak.  Light tannin astringency.  Designed to go with pork, it is very versatile with food and works especially well with sausages and BBQ.  Try with appetizers and light foods. Good for parties.   
Third Course
2015 Gewürztraminer – Opens with a fruity bouquet joined by sweet pear and grapefruit.  Flavors of apple, pear, grapefruit, and a hint of spice fill the mouth then finish broad and long.  The sweetness is well balanced by bright acidity making it a very refreshing summer quaffer. Pairs well with German, Asian and spicy food, or nice to sip on a warm summer evening.  The traditional “Turkey Wine” for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
Dark Chocolate Brownie with Dark Chocolate Chips
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon - This full bodied Cabernet has currant, raspberry, blackberry, cherry and light smoky oak on the nose, all of which repeat on the pallet, and finish intense.  Color is rich and almost black.  Well balanced and integrated, this cab is great with a fatty steak such as rib eye.  Try with dark chocolate to lighten tannin.
28 & 29 -  Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Presents San Luis Valley Wine Train in
               Alamosa.  From 6 to 8 PM.  Only $59pp.  See above & below for details.
          20 - Castle Rock Winefest in the Meadows, Butterfield Crossing Park, 3952
               Butterfield Crossing Dr. VIP at 1 PM, general from 2 to 8 PM.  For info
               see or call (303) 688-4597.
    5 & 6 -  Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Presents San Luis Valley Wine Train in
  12 & 13   Alamosa.  From 6 to 8 PM.  Only $59.00 per person. 
  19 & 20    See above & below for details.  Also visit the RR Gift Shop with the
  26 & 27   Cottonwood Cellars Tasting Room - 18 wines to taste & purchase.
More festivals/events - see bottom of email.
The Winery Tasting Room in Olathe will be closed July 19 and 20.
5482 Highway 348, Olathe, CO
PO 940, Olathe, CO 81425-0940 (mailing address)                                                                
Please - Call to confirm days open 970-323-6224                                                 
Hours:  Open Friday and Saturday, 11am to 5:30 pm
            or by appointment
Rio Grande Scenic RR Gift Shop and Cottonwood Cellars Tastin Room
601 State Avenue (corner of State Ave. & Sixth St.), Alamosa
Hours:  Open Friday and Saturday, 8 to 9 pm. Or call 719-696-3405
           for other times open.
Savor a summer evening with Colorado wines in first class

Wine Train Colorado
Fridays and Saturdays June 21 through August 24. Departs Alamosa at 6:00 pm
New for 2019! We are pleased to offer a new weekend evening experience for both residents and guests visiting the San Luis Valley: Wine Train Colorado.
Our Wine Train offers first-class seating and traditional white linen rail service and a sampling of Colorado wines. Our chef-inspired menu allows guests to sample both whites and reds with a variety of delectable small plate offerings, ending on a sweet note. Perfect for couples or foursomes and ideally suitable for large parties as well. Guests can keep it casual or dress to a theme! Engage in conversation, walk about our vintage dome and art deco club cars while enjoying jazz music on your two-hour round trip rail journey. 
For information contact: 719-696-3420 or Joe at,
2019 CO Wine Festivals:  Save the dates
June 28 thru August  -  San Luis Valley Wine Train, 601 State St., Alamosa
                                Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 8 PM
July 20.    Castle Rock Winefest at Butterfield Crossing Park, Castle Rock
Aug. 3.    303 Wine/Wine on the Rocks at  Clement Park,  Littleton, CO 80123
Aug. 10.  Estes Park Winefest at Bond Park, Estes Park
Aug. 17.  Front Range Winefest at Main Park, 4th & Elm, Windsor
Aug. 31.  Salida CO Winefest at Riverside Park, Salida
Sept. 7.   Boulder Valley Wine Festival at Community Park, Lousiville
Sept. 14. Island Lake Winefest at Island Lake in Ft. Collins
Sept. 21. Rocky Mountain Winefest at River Bend Park, Palisade
Nov.  16  Conifer Festival of Trees
Nov. 30. Estes Park Holiday Wine Festival at The Event Center in Estes Park

Recipe - The Wine Train
              Menu w/Wine
Events:   - Castle Rock        
                - The Wine Train   
 JULY 2019
Happy Independance Day!