Our History.

Blendings at The Preserve sits just northwest of the beautiful town of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Blendings at The Preserve sits just northwest of the beautiful town of Fort Collins, Colorado.

Blendings at The Preserve is located in the countryside northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. Nearby sits Bingham Hill Park, Lory State Park, Horsetooth Reservoir, Rist Canyon, the Cache La Poudre River and other popular outdoor destinations. The quaint communities of Laporte and Bellevue are just up the road.

After an interesting early history of owners, the land on which Blendings sits was purchased by The Pope Family in 1965. You can imagine it was quite a different setting then, but the hayfields tucked against the foothills with the Cache la Poudre River passing to the northeast was a little piece of heaven where the family raised hay and cattle and enjoyed all the land had to offer.

Randy and Sheryl Pope personally developed the land on which Blendings sits. The winery sits just south of The Preserve at Bingham Hill, a popular wedding and event venue. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the feeling that they are "out in the country," even though they are only 10 minutes from downtown Fort Collins. A small vineyard of grapes and hedges of Aronia are currently planted on the property, with more grapes to be planted this summer. Both fruits will be utilized to make wine at such time the plants yield fruit.

Blendings at The Preserve provides customers a unique opportunity to experience high quality wines that have been produced by established wineries throughout the United States. With help from our Winemaker, a customer gets the opportunity for 2 hours to personally micro-blend, bottle, and label with their own personally designed label, their own blend of wine that is unique to their palate. The experience is intended to be a "hands on" learning opportunity for customers to have fun with friends and family while indulging in their passion for wine produced in various parts of the country. 


Our Team.

Michael Ford  Assistant Winemaker michael@blendings.wine  Michael Ford started his journey with wine in 2006 at a small family vineyard in Pennsylvania, where even today his children still help their grandfather prune, harvest, and crush four acres of French and German varietals.  This experience led to work at other vineyards and wineries in the Lehigh Valley, in the cellars as well as in the field.   Michael became the assistant winemaker in 2014 for a small but growing winery in Maryland, where he helped oversee the bottling of 10,000 cases a year, as well as helping to develop custom blends for their loyal wine club.   Michael counts himself lucky to live in this great state, and knew after a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park at age 18, that this was his home.

Michael Ford
Assistant Winemaker
michael@blendings.wine

Michael Ford started his journey with wine in 2006 at a small family vineyard in Pennsylvania, where even today his children still help their grandfather prune, harvest, and crush four acres of French and German varietals.

This experience led to work at other vineyards and wineries in the Lehigh Valley, in the cellars as well as in the field. 

Michael became the assistant winemaker in 2014 for a small but growing winery in Maryland, where he helped oversee the bottling of 10,000 cases a year, as well as helping to develop custom blends for their loyal wine club. 

Michael counts himself lucky to live in this great state, and knew after a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park at age 18, that this was his home.

Natalie Diekmann  Co-Founder + President natalie@blendings.wine  Natalie owns her own local marketing company, Bloomstruck LLC. She has 23 years of experience in marketing, having led teams at  The Wall Street Journal  and the  Los Angeles Business Journal , in addition to being senior vice president of a California based multi-million dollar consumer marketing agency. Natalie is well networked and active in the event and business community of Northern Colorado. She leases The Preserve at Bingham Hill, a popular event venue just yards away from the winery, and she is able to successfully cross market the two properties.

Natalie Diekmann
Co-Founder + President
natalie@blendings.wine

Natalie owns her own local marketing company, Bloomstruck LLC. She has 23 years of experience in marketing, having led teams at The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Business Journal, in addition to being senior vice president of a California based multi-million dollar consumer marketing agency. Natalie is well networked and active in the event and business community of Northern Colorado. She leases The Preserve at Bingham Hill, a popular event venue just yards away from the winery, and she is able to successfully cross market the two properties.

Ashlee Warren  Manager, Retail ashlee@blendings.wine  Ashlee, a native Tennessean, and a new Coloradan, has a passion for people and serving. Born and raised in Nashville, Ashlee moved to Ft. Collins in August 2018 to be by the side of her cancer stricken best friend. Following in her father’s and other family members’ footsteps, she began a career in the hospitality industry at the iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. During her 10 years with Gaylord, she served thousands of guest and exemplified great customer service.  With her experience in customer service and the hospitality industry, she helps set the benchmark for customer service and looks forward to continuing her career by serving Blendings customers. Outside of work, Ashlee enjoys travelling, time with family, volunteering, animals, and anything outdoors. Her travels have included Europe, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Ashlee Warren
Manager, Retail
ashlee@blendings.wine

Ashlee, a native Tennessean, and a new Coloradan, has a passion for people and serving. Born and raised in Nashville, Ashlee moved to Ft. Collins in August 2018 to be by the side of her cancer stricken best friend. Following in her father’s and other family members’ footsteps, she began a career in the hospitality industry at the iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. During her 10 years with Gaylord, she served thousands of guest and exemplified great customer service.

With her experience in customer service and the hospitality industry, she helps set the benchmark for customer service and looks forward to continuing her career by serving Blendings customers. Outside of work, Ashlee enjoys travelling, time with family, volunteering, animals, and anything outdoors. Her travels have included Europe, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Randy Pope  Co-Founder + CEO randy@blendings.wine  Randy and his wife, Sheryl, are the owners of the property on which Blendings at The Preserve and The Preserve at Bingham Hill are situated. From 1974 to 2009 Randy and his company were very successful in the insurance and securities industry. Just prior to the collapse of the economy in early 2009, he had $150,000,000 under management. Self-described as a "serial entrepreneur," he has started and operated nine different unrelated companies from 1974 to present. The concept of Blendings is the result of his recent wine business consulting and seeing an opportunity for Blendings to be successful as it is currently constructed. Randy interacts with the other three managers daily, overseeing the day to day operations, hiring staff and making sure that all facets of Blendings are operating efficiently and effectively.

Randy Pope
Co-Founder + CEO
randy@blendings.wine

Randy and his wife, Sheryl, are the owners of the property on which Blendings at The Preserve and The Preserve at Bingham Hill are situated. From 1974 to 2009 Randy and his company were very successful in the insurance and securities industry. Just prior to the collapse of the economy in early 2009, he had $150,000,000 under management. Self-described as a "serial entrepreneur," he has started and operated nine different unrelated companies from 1974 to present. The concept of Blendings is the result of his recent wine business consulting and seeing an opportunity for Blendings to be successful as it is currently constructed. Randy interacts with the other three managers daily, overseeing the day to day operations, hiring staff and making sure that all facets of Blendings are operating efficiently and effectively.

Allison Connor  Director, Marketing + Sales allison@blendings.wine  Allison is a recent transplant to Colorado from Los Angeles, CA. She has over seventeen years of experience marketing consumer and entertainment brands including movie studios, major recording artists, network TV shows and national consumer & retail brands. As Director, Marketing + Sales, Allison is responsible for ensuring the Blendings story is effectively shared with customers, corporate, private and government partners, local/regional and national media, and our family of investors, thereby positively affecting sales and growing our brand’s reach and influence.

Allison Connor
Director, Marketing + Sales
allison@blendings.wine

Allison is a recent transplant to Colorado from Los Angeles, CA. She has over seventeen years of experience marketing consumer and entertainment brands including movie studios, major recording artists, network TV shows and national consumer & retail brands. As Director, Marketing + Sales, Allison is responsible for ensuring the Blendings story is effectively shared with customers, corporate, private and government partners, local/regional and national media, and our family of investors, thereby positively affecting sales and growing our brand’s reach and influence.


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