The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey Several years ago, some simple Benedictine Fathers had a dream. Today, that dream is a reality, and the staff at the winery proudly invites you to share in the vision. Award Winning Wine The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has won over 100 awards and medals in prestigious international wine competitions. We are proud of our Colorado wine and our continued dedication to excellence. Scenic Views Located on pastoral and serene grounds, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is also nestled against the spectacular backdrop of the Wet Mountains.

Tasting Room

The tasting room is open daily, and the gracious staff will guide you through a flight tasting of multi-award-winning Colorado wine.

10 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday
(January through March 10 am to 5 pm)
12 pm to 5 pm Sunday

Relax with a glass of your favorite wine and dine Al Fresco at the Winery, offering a menu of ten different choices, all created for summertime wining a dining pleasure.

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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has won over 100 awards and medals in prestigious international wine competitions.

Our History

Two Benedictine monks came from Pennsylvania to Colorado

1886

They establish the Order of St. Benedict Monastery. Upon the building’s completion, the monks opened a boarding school and made their first attempts at establishing a winery.

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The school’s enrollment declines

1985

The school hit its height of popularity in the 1960s, after which enrollment steadily declined until the school was forced to close in 1985.

A Viticulturist begins producing wine

2000

In order to find a new means of financial income, the Abbey’s remaining 20 monks returned to the idea of establishing a vineyard. In 2000, they entrusted the production to a professional viticulturist who began producing wine the following year.

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The winery and tasting room open

2002

The winery and tasting room opened to the public in 2002, welcoming visitors to its beautiful and serene Rocky Mountain vineyard.

Larry Oddo buys the winery

2005

Current owner, Larry Oddo, bought the winery in 2005 and with the help of winemaker Jeff Stultz and tasting room and events manager Sally Davidson, transformed the monks’ winery into the 9,000- to 10,000-case-per-year establishment it is today.

Winery of the Year

2019

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey wins the 2019 “Winery of the Year`` by the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) for its achievements and support of the Colorado wine industry.

Our Story

Several years ago, some simple Benedictine Fathers had a dream…

A dream of a fine Colorado winery located on the grounds of the historic Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City, Colorado. Today, that dream is a reality, and the staff at the winery proudly invites you to share in the vision of those dynamic and innovative monks.

Since July 2002, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey has been attracting visitors from Colorado and all over the world. Striving to produce the best Colorado Wine, the winery is located on the pastoral and serene grounds of The Holy Cross Abbey, nestled against the spectacular backdrop of the Wet Mountains.

The Abbey Winery and tasting room are shining examples of what draws visitors to Cañon City and the Royal Gorge Region.

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Featured Wines

$28

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Red

2017 Colorado Merlot

Bright, bold cherry flavors with hints of blackberry and plum, with a toasty oak finish.

White

2019 Monterey Chardonnay

Loaded with beautiful, ripe fruit flavors of pear, green apple, citrus and hints of oak.

$21

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$17

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Sweet

Vineyard Sunset

Light and crisp, with hints of citrus, guava and watermelon in the nose.

Red

The Theurgist

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and St. Vincent grapes come together for a wine that is sure to enlighten.

$15

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Our Team

Larry Oddo
Owner

Larry Oddo purchased the winery in 2005 and moved to Cañon City with his wife Diane and then eight-year-old daughter Emily.

Sally Davidson
Sales and Marketing

Sally is head buyer for the tasting room and has created several events and wines that have made the winery renowned.

Jeff Stultz
Head Winemaker

Since 2014, Jeff has produced his own style of award-winning wines, winning top honors in several wine competitions.

Fleur Kaiser
Manager

Fleur wears many hats at the winery while also managing the tasting room and gift shop and the Congregation Wine Club.

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