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About Us 2017-05-22T16:31:02+00:00

ESSENTIALS IN THE HIGHLANDS

ESTABLISHED IN 2009

Amendment XXI is a specialty retailer of fine wines, craft and import beers, and spirits. We offer a customer service-focused atmosphere and use our knowledge of wine and food pairings to help you choose something special for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for a gift for that special someone, or a bottle of wine on a Wednesday night, Amendment XXI will help you pick out the perfect bottle.

We also host tasting events each and every Saturday afternoon from 3 – 7:00 pm, and on other select evenings. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, right? We feel the same way about wine. So stop on by any Saturday afternoon and sample a few of the wines we have open. We know you’ll pick a winner!

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LEO BORTOLOTTO

OWNER & PROPRIETOR

Hospitality industry professional Leo Bortolotto has worked in the realm of fine wine and food for more than a decade. He spent several years in Europe learning the finer points of pairing European cuisine with the ideal complement of wine. He shared his passion for the culture by leading rafts of tourists in exploring renown and rare Italian wineries. Leo’s decision to return to his adopted home of Denver, Colorado was with the intention of realizing his vision for an eclectic and customer-focused wine boutique. This venture, a retail wine shoppe in the heart of the Lower Highland community of downtown Denver, is a journey every wine lover must make.

ABOUT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

THE LOWER HIGHLANDS

In 1859, the same year as the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, a community sprang up west of the South Platte River called “Highland.” The Rocky Mountain News noted “no more handsome location for residences can be found than on the highlands of Highland, on the opposite side of the river from and overlooking Auraria and Denver.” Highlands prided itself on its clean air, beautiful gardens and tree-lined streets and, in particular, its high moral standards. The required fee of $5,000 to obtain a town of Highlands liquor license meant there wasn’t a single bar in the entire neighborhood.

Redevelopment of the Central Platte Valley in the late 1990s and early 2000s saw Highland’s fortunes rise again. Made more accessible to downtown with the construction of the Millennium and Platte River bridges and the Highland Bridge completed in 2006, Highlands is a thriving neighborhood with some of the city’s top-ranked dining and retail intermingled with beautifully remodeled original homes and stunning modern loft architecture.