West Elks Wine Trail

West Elks Wine Trail

Pairing the Best of Colorado Wine with the Best of Colorado Cuisine

Aug 4-6, 2023

Discover the beautiful North Fork Valley and its award-winning wineries with our exclusive wine event! Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes of vineyards as you sip on delicious wines from the AVA.

With your $30 ticket purchase, you’ll enjoy free wine tastings during the weekend and receive a beautiful wine glass and a tote bag. Our winemakers will guide you through the tasting experience, providing insights into the unique terroir of the North Fork Valley and the wine-making process.

As you savor each sip, take in the stunning views and enjoy the company of fellow wine enthusiasts. Our event provides the perfect opportunity to discover new wines, expand your wine knowledge, and meet the passionate winemakers behind each bottle.

Join us for a weekend of indulgence, relaxation, and discovery. Get tickets soon and get ready to experience the charm and elegance of the North Fork Valley through its exquisite wines.

Scheduled Events

(Subject to change)

Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage Cellars

Friday-Saturday, August 4-5, 6:30-8:30pm
41716 Reds Rd, Paonia

Barrel Tasting/Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing.

Reservations Required, call 970-527-3444.

Mesa Winds

Mesa Winds

Friday-Saturday, August 4-5
31262 L Rd, Hotchkiss

August 4th: Live Music, 6-8pm.

August 5th: Wine-paired multi-course dinner. Call for reservations 970-399-7491.

Clear Fork Cider

Clear Fork Cider

Friday-Sunday, August 4-6, 2-5pm
234 Grand Ave, Paonia

Vertical Tastings.

Storm Cellar

The Storm Cellar

Friday-Sunday, August 4-6
14139 Runzel Gulch Rd, Hotchkiss

Friday, August 4th: Steak Night, 4-7 pm, Chef Joseph Kerns

Saturday, August 5th: Chef Brandt Bishop, 2-6pm; Sunset House Music Dance Party with live DJ, 6-8:30pm

Sunday, August 6th: Wine Cocktails and Big Zen on the turntables, 4-7pm.

Qutori Wines

Qutori Wines

Saturday, August 5
40823 HWY 133, Paonia

Music on the Patio, 2-6pm.

Wine-pairing dinner by Kathy Swartz, 7pm. Call for reservations 970-527-3236.

Black Bridge

Black Bridge Winery

Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6, 10am-6pm
15836 Black Bridge Rd, Paonia

Wine wagon tours of the vineyards and orchards, wine pairings, area tastings, and complimentary bites of our wood-fired pizza.

Alfred Eames Cellars

Alfred Eames Cellars

Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6, 12-5pm
11931 4050 Rd, Paonia

Wine tasting, cellar tours, and culinary delights.

Mesa Winds
Vineyard Dinner
Wine Toast

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.

Storm Cellar
Grape Cluster
Wine and Flowers

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