It’s grape picking season in Moab!
Every year at the end of the summer, Moab grapes start to ripen. As the sugar levels, known in the wine-making world as brix, start to rise, the acidity starts to fall.
One of the biggest challenges and greatest joys in the growing process is to perfect the sweetness and flavors of the grapes. A brix level of 25 is the perfect balance between brix, acidity and overall ripeness.
While you might not immediately peg Moab for having some of the finest wines grown in the country, the Moab valley and surrounding area provides similar growing conditions to some of the Mediterranean region’s top vineyards.
Grape vines require a minimum of 1300 to 1500 hours of sunshine during the growing season and a long, warm summer and cool desert nights to perfect the sugar and acid levels in the grape itself. The local vineyards at Castle Creek Winery are perfectly situated to meet these ideal growing conditions with our long, dry summers and plentiful sun.
Castle Creek now produces eight different varieties of wine, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, 2 red blends – Outlaw Red and Monument Red, and 2 white blends, Lily Rose White and Petroglyph White.
Castle Creek Winery is Utah’s largest and most renowned winery. They produce more than 15,000 gallons of wine each year. With the grapes grown in a local vineyard and others, they take special care with every step, from the growing process, to crushing, fermenting and bottling. They prepare their wines to preserve the smooth and bold flavors of the desert and to bring your dinner table to life. It’s the adventure you find in Moab, right in your glass.
Come visit their unique tasting room 14 miles north of Moab on the banks of the beautiful Colorado River.
Open for sales from 10am to 7pm daily, with wine tastings at 11am.