West Elks Wine Trail
West Elks Wine Trail
Pairing the Best of Colorado Wine with the Best of Colorado Cuisine
August 2-4, 2019
The Wineries of the West Elks Wine Country invite you to a special weekend of touring, premium wine tasting and winemakers’ dinners during the Annual West Elks Wine Trail. Set your own route for a fun and relaxing day or weekend and come home with delicious wine and memories.
The wineries are ready to introduce you to the Colorado wine and cuisine grown from this unique region.
Start your West Elks Wine Trail tour by stopping by any of the West Elk Wineries in the Paonia/Hotchkiss area to pick up your trail map for the weekend. Each winery will feature food and wine pairings on Saturday and Sunday, with a focus on local foods. The winemakers have selected favorite foods to complement their wines, and will give you the recipe cards just for stopping by – show the winemakers five recipe cards and receive a commemorative wine glass! The wine tasting rooms will offer a wide variety of activities from vineyard tours, art displays, barrel tastings, winemakers’ dinners, food pairings, mountain views and more.
We invite and encourage you to purchase wines from the winemakers. Many of the vintages from this region are only available at the wineries and are extremely limited. There are several events and dinners associated with the West Elks Wine Trail.
Wine Trail Activities
The Storm Cellar – 14139 Runzel Gulch Rd, Hotchkiss – is hosting their only open house of the season, Friday through Sunday from 12-4pm. Drop-in tastings at the vineyard.
Evening Grace Estate – 35837 Hanson Mesa Rd, Hotchkiss – will have Drost Chocolate available on Saturday and Sunday plus wine soaps from Paonia’s Dancing Goat Farm. Free gift with purchase of 4 bottles of wine!
Endless Endeavor Winery – 15566 Fire Mountain Rd, Paonia – will be offering wine pairings with Western Culture Farmstead cheeses Saturday, Aug 3 from 1pm to 6pm. Western Culture Farmstead cheese will be available for sale at the Winery. Complimentary samples of our Winemaker’s Plate on Sunday, Aug 4.
Friday, August 2
The Storm Cellar: The Forage Sisters will be creating the Winemaker’s Harvest Dinner! SOLD OUT. 6pm. $90. 14139 Runzel Gulch, Hotchkiss
Leroux Creek Vineyards: Chef and winemaker Yvon Gros will create a dinner as a tribute to Alain Chapel. 6:30pm. $125 (includes wine). Reservations – 970.872.4746. 12388 3100 Rd, Hotchkiss
Saturday, August 3
Black Bridge Winery: Complimentary samples of wood-fired pizza, Taste of the Vineyards Wagon Tours, barrel tasting. 11am-6pm. 15836 Black Bridge Rd, Paonia
Delicious Orchards: Enjoy a BBQ at Big B’s. Everybody’s favorite Paonia singer/songwriter, Gabrielle Louise with her trio! Starting at 12pm. 39126 HWY 133, Paonia
Qutori Wines: Singer and song writer, Steve Clisset, will be performing from 1-6pm. 40823 Hwy 133 (Root and Vine), Paonia
Stone Cottage Cellars: Gourmet Barrel Tasting and Food & Wine Pairing. 4pm and 6:30pm seatings SOLD OUT. $75. 41716 Reds Rd, Paonia
Alfred Eames Cellars: Basque Wine Trail Dinner and Flamenco Guitar Concert. SOLD OUT. 5:30pm. $85. Reservations – 970.527.6290. 11931 4050 Rd, Paonia
Azura Cellars: Tapas at Twilight. 7pm. $85. Reservations – 970.390.4251. 16764 Farmers Mine Rd, Paonia
Sunday, August 4
Azura Cellars: Complimentary sailing on the Azura pond. Try your hand. Easy. No experience necessary. 16764 Farmers Mine Rd, Paonia
Black Bridge Winery: Taste of the Vineyards Wagon Tours, barrel tasting. 11am-6pm.
The West Elks AVA is notably home to vineyards planted at the highest elevation in the Northern Hemisphere. The intense sunlight, warm days and cool nights produce grapes that are ideally suited for creating distinctive Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Petite Pearl, Gamay, Cayuga and Chambourcin. Additionally, local winemakers craft wines from Colorado-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Carmena, Primitivo, St Vincent Red, and Tempranillo. Vintners produce wines in all styles from beautifully dry, crisp whites, to robust, meaty reds, sweet and delicious port-style dessert wines, and hard apple cider.
Just a stone’s throw from Grand Junction (1.5 hours) and Montrose (1 hour) a beautiful drive over Kebler Pass from Crested Butte (1.25 hours) or a foray over McClure pass from Aspen (2.25 hours), Carbondale (1.5 hours) Glenwood Springs (2 hours), and Redstone (45 minutes), the West Elks Wine Trail offers a refreshing food and wine getaway with plenty of additional diversions to leave you relaxed and yet rejuvenated to enjoy summer. Join us the first weekend in August and savor our wine and food pairings along with lovely North Fork Valley scenery.
For lodging check paoniachamber.com.