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The Winery at Holy Cross Abby

May 8, 2015 1 comment

If you ever go through Canon City, CO make sure to stop for a wine tasting at the Winery at Holy Cross Abby. This abby, built in 1924, was used by Benedictine Monks and the Roman Catholic Church. It was used primarily as a boys school, but closed in 1982 because of declining enrollment. It continued to function as a monastery until 2005, and eventually wound down and was sold in 2007 to an investment firm.

Today, it is a popular event center, used for weddings, receptions, meetings, and so on. The Benedictine monks had planted grapes and established a wine making capability. This continues to this day as one of Colorado’s favorite wineries. And why not? They have a large variety of wines, ranging from sweet one to full body wines. And, they were really excellent and even better, complimentary (except for the two special reserves, which were $1 each).

So we lugged a half case of wines home, including a special gift of a sweet wine (for Ida Cook) and a very special full bodied Red for daughter Tanya Allen. At least, if we can keep our hands off them till we get home….

Front of the 4 story abby

Front of the 4 story abby

A view of the abby

A view of the abby

An old truck in the vineyard

An old truck in the vineyard

Vines, ready to grow!

Vines, ready to grow!

This table once was a square grand piano!

This table once was a square grand piano!

Original couch used by the Abbot for receiving dignitaries

Original couch used by the Abbot for receiving dignitaries

Inside the sanctuary, being prepared for a wedding

Inside the sanctuary, being prepared for a wedding

Pouring one of the red wines

Pouring one of the red wines

What it's all about... wine!

What it’s all about… wine!

It is almost mother's day, right?

It is almost mother’s day, right?