We had the good fortune of connecting with Patric Matysiewski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patric, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Authenticity. Unashamedly pursuing what we want, doing it our own way. The ability to have creative freedom allows us to think outside the box, while staying clear of replicating anyone else’s success, and staying true to ourselves.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Sauvage Spectrum Winery is a collaborative project between Kaibab Sauvage, Grape grower, and myself, a Winemaker. We are focused on crafting affordable estate grown and produced wines. Focused on sparkling wines, unique whites, and interesting red blends, available in bottle and keg format. What sets us apart is an insanely high quality to low price value when purchasing our wines. As the grower and producer, we are able to manage the grape from bud to bottle. Our wines are interesting and we are pioneering different styles, blends, and questioning what Colorado Wine is, and where it can go. We started this business off an idea a couple years ago. Certain grape varietals were not being purchased at market and we realized they had perfect attributes to be produced as a Colorado sparkling wine. We pioneered the base wine blend to capture the traits of fun, fruit forward, and affordability. Sparklet Effervescent White Wine was born, and has been selling out ever since. We were afforded this opportunity from our Grape grower’s years of ingenuity and dedication. He built our facility on one of his vineyards, and we were still under construction as our first full harvest was approaching. It was difficult, we kept our head up and kept pressing forward, to attain our goal of an estate winery. Along the way, we have learned it takes many emails and zoom calls to operate a winery. We learned how important vertical integration is, and how we can offer products and services at all levels. We want to world to know Sauvage Spectrum is a small business, with every intention to remain authentic to our ideals while providing a premium Colorado product. We show up to work everyday because we are passionate. It’s exciting when customers realize the passion, quality, and they genuinely enjoy the wines.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You would want to start with coffee in the morning at Kiln in Grand Junction or Bestslope in Fruita, maybe grab a pastry. If you’re into mountain biking, theres no better place to hit trails than Fruita, and the new upcoming Palisade Plunge should be open by Summer. Lunch at the Palisade Wine Bar & Cafe is a must with their locally sourced menu. The wine list is all local and outstandingly curated by John Sabal. Wine Tasting is the favored activity for visitors, and I would recommend starting at Restoration Vineyards or Mesa Park Vineyards up on East Orchard Mesa. Both offer fantastic expressions of Colorado Wine, amazing views, and great people. If you are thinking about dinner, Bin707 in Grand Junction does an amazing job of taking local ingredients to the next level. A great place for a full meal or even dessert and a night cap. Back in Palisade, I’d hit one more winery, Colorado Vintner’s Collective. They make some of thier own amazing wines, but also curate a list of local wines from wineries that are a bit out of the way. They have later hours, which is needed in this town. The lounge feel, and spacioust back patio make it a relaxing, unpretentious experience. After that I’d retire to Spoke & Vine Motel. Beautifully remodeled, extremely comfortable, with great hosts. Plus a new bar and outdoor patio on the way.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I credit all experiences in my upbringing to get me where I’m at today. The support network that is joined when entering the wine industry has been everlasting for myself. I have to pay my respects to The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Inc. Urban Winery for giving me a shot at working with wine and mentoring me to rise through the ranks. I have life long friends in the organization, and the chance to share ideas and advice has been invaluable.
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