James and Ashlee Brejcha are the owners of Purgatory Cellars Winery in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. They are beer and wine enthusiasts who home brewed as a hobby for years before teaming up with their business partners Marko and Ivanka Copic. Marko and Ivanka own the main production facility (with tasting room) in Parker and a tasting room in Castle Rock. Marko and Ivanka originate from the county of Croatia.
In 2015, Ashlee and James walked into the Parker winery location and met lifelong friends (Marko/Ivanka) who shared with them some amazing wines. From that day they were loyal customers and started to support them in producing larger batch wines. Ashlee & James assisted in all aspects of the winery. Ashlee worked closely with Ivanka and became the expert on finances and marketing. While James assisted Marko in the wine production area becoming the junior winemaker. Marko bestowed the nickname of “Glista” to James- which means baby caterpillar in Croatia.
One night in 2017, while moving grape, James and Marko came up with the idea of opening another Purgatory Cellars location. From that idea, came Purgatory Cellars – Highlands Ranch which opened January 24th, 2019. Now, James and Ashlee are selling Purgatory Cellars wines and making their own wines. James & Ashlee’s wines are under the original home brewing label (Dragonship). James and Ashlee feel like they are home brewers…that have finally made it on the scene.
James is an Army veteran who is excited about being able to give back through the company to military and veteran groups- like Team Rubicon and the Wounded Warrior Project. They are hosting fundraisers for both groups this summer. Stop in for a wine tasting during these great events!
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