Winery soon to launch near 16th Street Mall

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Deep Roots will produce wine in house at 1516 Wazee St. (Kailyn Lamb)

Napa, who needs ’ya.

Deep Roots Winery and Bistro is set to open this month a grape’s throw away from the 16th Street Mall. Golden residents Teara Walters, her husband Steve, and her sister Carol Ann Edenburn leased 1516 Wazee St. for their winery in the former Fluff Bar location.

The saloon moved two spots over on Wazee Street.

The family will produce its own wine at Deep Roots, which has 1,000 square feet upstairs for the bistro and winery and storage space in the basement. Steve said the company has 25,000 bottles ready for the opening that he made in California. He hopes that stock will get them through a year of business while they work on the next vintage from Denver.

Each type of wine is made with a different grape, and Teara said they are working with businesses along the West Coast in Oregon, Washington and California. The fruits need to be picked at a certain time in order for the alcohol content to be right, Teara said.

“The alcohol content of the wine is 100 percent driven by the sugar of the grape,” she said.

Once the grapes have been picked, the vineyards will de-stem and crush them before shipping them to Deep Roots in Colorado. After the rest of the ingredients for flavor, yeast is added to help the wine ferment.

“We’ve been working with the vineyards for several years now to get this right,” Teara said.

The winery will offer reds and whites, as well as sweet wines and port. Teara said it will add ciders next year and begin sourcing from vineyards in Colorado once the business launches.

“As we grow here we’ll start sourcing locally,” she said.

Deep Roots will have three 700-liter tanks and three 500-liter tanks, and likely will start by making 25 barrels per year. It will offer flights in addition to wines sold by the glass and bottle. The winery also will have a retail section for customers to take bottles home.

Deep Roots is joining the winery market along with Infinite Monkey Theorem in RiNo, Wild Women Wine on 17th and Champa streets, and Bonacquisti Wine Co. in Sunnyside. All three produce wine onsite.

Teara worked in wineries through college and Edenburn went the kitchen route, getting a culinary degree. After Teara’s stint in health care, the sisters decided to go back to their roots and the dream of opening a winery.

The building on Wazee Street was built in 1906, and the Walters said that most of the construction brought the building up to current fire codes and added a kitchen. Teara said they funded the $250,000 in improvements.

Deep Roots hired Hanger 41 Architecture to design the space and used Slate Construction Group as the general contractor. The bar and table tops were done by Du Bois Design. Continuing with the theme, Deep Roots used old wine barrels for décor across the bistro area.

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