History of Ram’s Point Winery

Colorado State University associate professor of enology Stephen MenkeRam’s Point Winery was the brainchild of Dr. Stephen Menke. When Dr. Menke started in 2008 as the first Enologist for Colorado State University (CSU) and the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB), he outlined a comprehensive development plan for an Enology Education, Outreach, and Research Program. Included in that plan was a commercial/educational winery. The winery is designed as the primary vehicle for training students and interns in best winemaking and winery business practices, as well as providing a location for enology research and outreach. It is also visible public recognition for the CSU partnership with Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE), representing the Colorado wine industry.

 

Commercial Winery Education Program

Currently, wine industry workshops are offered at several geographically variable locations each year around Colorado, including at WCRC-OM.  These are intended to be forums for information exchange, among university and industry personnel, about research, practices, needs, solutions, and opportunities.  It is envisioned that some of these workshops be enriched to multi-day workshops, held at WCRC-OM, on various components of a comprehensive program entitled “Winery Best Practices”.

Potential topics could include: Startup Planning, Sanitation, Winemaking Problem Solving, Crush and Fermentation Management, Cellar Management, Bottling Management, Regulations and Compliance, Tasting Room Practices, Wine Inventory and Sales Management, Winery Reputation Maintenance, Winery Growth Planning, Generational Transfer Planning, etc.