West Elks AVAColorado's North Fork Valley Wineries
The West Elks American Viticultural Area (AVA) spreads through Delta county on the Western Slope of Colorado. It boasts of some of the highest vineyards in North America and great Colorado wines.
West Elks AVA Signature Events
The Wineries of the West Elks AVA host 2 significant annual events: North Fork Uncorked and the West Elks Wine Trail.
North Fork Uncorked features tasting the wineries’ new releases during Father’s Day weekend in June.
The premiere West Elks Wine Trail event features pairing the best of Colorado wine with the best of Colorado cuisine.
Latest from the Wine Journal
Our Wine Journal includes articles, blog posts, etc., about the wineries of the West Elks AVA. Learn what others are writing about the wineries.
By exploring Colorado’s only other designated American Viticultural Area outside of The Grand Valley, you will encounter the high-altitude terroir of the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River.
The high vineyards present significant challenges to the grape grower, those same elevations offer the winemaker unique and very desirable wine characteristics.
Leroux Creek Vineyards owners quickly decided to relocate from Vail to the North Fork Valley, where they purchased 54 acres to pursue their dream of starting a vineyard and country inn.