Although Colorado has been dubbed "The Beer Me State", not many people know that Colorado is famous around the world for its wine. The low humidity and high elevation combined with warm days and cool nights make for an environment that spawns award-winning wines. There are more than 90 wineries in the Colorado Wine Trail. To shine the limelight on Colorado's fabulous wineries, I have created a wine map in MapViewer 7 to display winery locations with hyperlinks to their website.
Click on the link, ColoradoWineriesMap to view this interactive map in any web browser. The green dots display the location of wineries that offer tastings for a price, the blue dots display the location of wineries that offer free tastings, and the red dots display the location of wineries that may or may not offer tastings. If you click on a dot it will open that winery's website. It is easy to create your own interactive web map in MapViewer 7. The first step is collecting the data, then creating a Pin Map in MapViewer, and lastly exporting your map to HTM to be viewed with a web browser.
Collect Your Data
Collecting and organizing your data is the first and arguably the most important step. To create my Colorado Brewery Map I first needed to find a list of all the breweries in Colorado.
- I searched "Colorado Wineries" in Google and found a list at http://www.catchwine.com/wineries/colorado/(4th link).
- I then used the address in Google Maps to gather the latitude and longitude coordinates by right clicking on the point and selecting "What's here?".
- You can now start building your data worksheet. I used Excel to create my data worksheet and used Column A for Longitude, Column B for Latitude, Column C for Brewery Name, Column D for the URL of the winery, and Column E for an indicator of whether they offer tastings .
Create Your Pin Map
- Once you have collected all your data open MapViewer 7 and load a Base Map of your state by selecting Map | Base Map from the toolbar. I used the Co2000.gsb from the Samples file.
- Next create a Pin Map by selecting Map | Pin Map from the toolbar and in the Open Data File dialog select your data file. In the Pin Map dialog on the General tab check the box next to Hyperlink and select the column that contains the URL of your breweries from the drop down list.
- Now select the Classes tab and ensure that the Pin method: is set to Bin classes from string values in class column. Set Class to Column E: Tasting?. You can edit your symbol properties by double clicking on the cell beneath Symbol in the Data points in classes: section.
- Once your Pin Map properties are set, select OK and your Pin Map is created.
Add a Background Image to Your Pin Map
- Hover your mouse over the bottom left and then top right corners of your pin map.
- Record the coordinates seen in the Status Bar at the bottom of the screen.
- In Surfer 10, go to Map | New | Base Map. Select the image you want to use.
- Click Base in the Object Manager and change the xMin, xMax, yMin, and yMax in the Property Manager to those you recorded in MapViewer.
- Click File | Export and choose Save as type TIF. Click Save.
- In the Spatial References tab of the Export options dialog box check the box next to Internal file format and then click OK.
- Back in MapViewer, click the leftmost button in the Layer Manager toolbar (New Layer).
- Double click on Layer #2 in the Layer Manager and click the down arrow to move it below Layer #1.
- Go to File | Import and select the TIF file you just created in Surfer. Click Open and then click OK. Keep the Projection as Unknown and click OK.
Add a Title and Bounding Box to Your Map
- Repeat step 11 to add another layer to your map.
- Double click Layer 3 and click the down arrow twice to put it behind both of the other layers.
- Use Draw | Rectangle to draw your bounding box.
- In the Property Inspector change the Fill Pattern to Solid and the Foreground to Dark Brown.
- Use Draw | Text to add the title and subtitle. Set the Foreground Color to white.
- Once you are finished with your map you can export it to HTM so that you can share your map on any web browser by selecting File | Export and changing the Save as type: to HTM - Golden Software HTML Image (*.htm).
Share Your Data and Your Map
Although Colorado produces award-winning wines, California, as of 2010, has substantially more wineries, with 3,364! Create a wine map of your home state and share your map, your data, and some fun facts about wine from where you live. Did you know that the people of the Vatican City State consume more wine per capita than any other country, averaging 70.22 litres per capita in 2009?! So whether you are from the States or from another part of the world, let's all take some pride in our wineries by making a map!