Monument Becomes the Future Home of Colorado’s Newest Winery and Its Award-Winning Winemaker

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A new winery contributes to the growth of the Colorado wine industry as an international award-winning Colorado winemaker builds his own winery in Southern Colorado. The winery, called Catriona Cellars, will include a tasting room, cafe and production facility and is supported by a strong group of local investors.

If you have lately driven down Washington Street in Monument, Colorado, you can’t have failed to notice the construction of a significant cluster of buildings at 243 Washington Street that will be, in only a few months, the home of Catriona Cellars. The new winery, which is both the inspiration and lifelong dream of longtime Monument merchants Woody and Catherine Woodworth, will open its doors in early 2014. The Catriona Cellars complex will house a tasting room, a café that includes outdoor patio seating and a production facility.

Clifford “Woody” Woodworth will serve as the winery’s chief winemaker. Woodworth was earlier this year awarded silver and bronze medals for his custom wine entries in the 2013 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition, the largest wine competition of its kind in the world. Woodworth’s silver medals were awarded in the categories of Sauvignon Blanc and Other Red Vinifera Blends. His bronze medal was awarded in the category of Other Red Vinifera Varietals.

Woodworth was notified only recently about the honors his wines had garnered, and in his words, was “surprised and quite delighted” with the news. This year’s competition included a record 4,564 entries and included 2,282 total judging hours using the well-established US Davis 20-point wine scale evaluating appearance, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression. Entrants represented all 50 states, 8 Canadian provinces and 9 countries in total. “I was delighted to be so honored by the judges as I know the competition was stiff,” commented Woodworth, who has been making wine and custom blends for more than a decade.

Catriona, which is the Gaelic version of the name Catherine, is aptly named for Catherine Woodworth, who will also be the co-owner of the winery and the proprietor of The Café at Catriona. Her planned menu will include offerings selected to pair with or include wine as a key recipe ingredient and will also offer non-alcoholic offerings. “I’m looking forward to sharing our passion for wine and food pairing with the larger community,” added Catherine. “It’s a dream very soon to come true for both of us!”

Catriona’s tasting room will offer samples of Woodworth’s signature blends of red and white wines and will offer wines by the glass and by the bottle to enjoy in the Café at Catriona. Cases of wine will also be available for purchase on the premises. His vision is to create wines that transcend standard varietals to become the ‘sum that is greater than its parts.’

Catriona Cellars will soon join the ranks of Colorado-based wineries, a fast-growing and robust industry that in 2010 included more than 100 wineries, compared to only 5 in 1990, and attracts visitors and wine enthusiasts from all over the world.

Catriona’s investors, who are often seen touring and enjoying the rapid construction progress, are particularly excited. Diane Wisdom, co-proprietor of Wisdom Tea House in Monument (pictured left) and one of Catriona Cellar’s investors observed, “Tom and I are honored to be a part of this important business, which will be a truly invigorating addition to Monument!”

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