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.

  Vincent Negret  Winemaker vincent@blendings.wine  Vincent is a third generation award winning winemaker from Colombia who has 40 years of experience as a winemaker. Vincent moved to the United States after the Cali and Medellin drug cartels took his family's winery in the late 1990s. He is the final decision maker for all things wine…samples and purchasing from wineries around the country, on-site maintenance of the wine, custom blending of the Blendings brand of wine that is sold at the winery, and leading our customers' blending experiences. We are delighted that Vincent is the face of Blendings at The Preserve.

Vincent Negret
Winemaker
vincent@blendings.wine

Vincent is a third generation award winning winemaker from Colombia who has 40 years of experience as a winemaker. Vincent moved to the United States after the Cali and Medellin drug cartels took his family's winery in the late 1990s. He is the final decision maker for all things wine…samples and purchasing from wineries around the country, on-site maintenance of the wine, custom blending of the Blendings brand of wine that is sold at the winery, and leading our customers' blending experiences. We are delighted that Vincent is the face of Blendings at The Preserve.

  Natalie Diekmann  Director of Marketing natalie@blendings.wine  Natalie owns her own local marketing company, Bloomstruck LLC. She has 22 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
Director of Marketing
natalie@blendings.wine

Natalie owns her own local marketing company, Bloomstruck LLC. She has 22 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.

  Randy Pope  General Manager 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
General Manager
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.