Garrett and Cailin Portra own Carlson Vineyards, a winery perched on the banks of the mighty Colorado River in Palisade, CO. They use river delivered water to make delicious and distinctive wines, so they’re working to make sure the Colorado River stays healthy for their business, family and community. How? By doing what they love, making wine. They’ve crafted a delightful red and white to raise funds for nonprofits working on clean water and healthy rivers.

Since, they know that a bottle of wine is not complete without a good pairing, they partnered with Derek DeYoung to design the label. Derek is a world famous artist and prolific fly fisherman. His arthouse, DeYoung Studios, works with organizations across the country to support healthy rivers and promote fly fishing. DeYoung lent designs from his ‘Cubist Cutthroat’ series to create two keepsake worthy labels that compliment the custom wine blends. 

When you purchase these wines, you are supporting healthy rivers. Proceeds go straight to our grants program, funding organizations working to improve river health across the Southwest. In 2020, this partnership helped us grant nearly $25,000 to some of the hardest working nonprofits in the Colorado River Basin. 

We’re excited to continue this partnership with Carlson Vineyards and DeYoung Studios in 2021 with a new wine vintage. Proceeds will improve access to healthy rivers for  communities of color and underserved communities in the Southwest. We amplify the impact of this philanthropic  wine pairing by matching it with funds from other business partners that believe Our Rivers are for all.

Join the movement! Buy some wine. Carlson Vineyards sells the Forever Our Rivers Red and White  wines at their winery in Palisade and their tasting room in Grand Junction. You can also order them online. Prints of the DeYoung art are also available for purchase. Follow Carlson Vineyards, DeYoung Studios and Forever Our Rivers on Instagram and Facebook.