West Elks Wine Trail

West Elks Wine Trail

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

Aug 6-8, 2021

2021 Wine Trail Activities

The wineries will be following COVID guidelines in order to keep visitors and staff safe throughout this event.

Friday, August 6

The Storm Cellar: 14139 Runzel Gulch Rd, Hotchkiss. Foodie Movie Night at the Tasting Overlook. Pre-purchased tickets only, limited seating. Call 970-589-3142 for info.

Mesa Winds Winery: 31262 L Rd, Hotchkiss. Music, Food & Wine, 6-8 pm. Featuring Dave Sheppard and Ellen Hutto. Reservations required. Call 970-399-7491 for info.

Qutori Wines: 40823 Hwy 133 (Root and Vine), Paonia. The Winery Comedy Tour, 7pm $17/pp, visit Eventbrite for info and tickets.

Big B’s at Delicious Orchards: 39126 HWY 133, Paonia. Music by Eilen Jewell, 7-11pm $20/car.

Azura Winery & Gallery: 16764 Farmers Mine Rd, Paonia. Dinner on the Terrace: 7:30 pm $95/pp, RSVP; call 970-390-4251 for info. SOLD OUT.

Stone Cottage Cellars: 41716 Reds Rd, Paonia. Barrel Tasting, Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing, seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required. Call 970-527-3444 for info. SOLD OUT.

Saturday, August 7

Black Bridge Winery: 15836 Black Bridge Rd, Paonia. Taste of the Vineyard wagon tour, barrel tasting, complimentary samples of wood-fired pizza. Call 970-527-6838 for info.

Alfred Eames Cellars: 11931 4050 Rd, Paonia. Wine tastings from 11 am – 5 pm plus Pam’s Jammin’ Greek lunch, featuring Gyros, Spanokopita, Baklava. No reservations necessary.

Big B’s at Delicious Orchards: 39126 HWY 133, Paonia. Music by Clifton Hanger, 6-9pm.

Qutori Wines: 40823 Hwy 133 (Root and Vine), Paonia. The Winery Comedy Tour, 7pm $17/pp, visit Eventbrite for info and tickets.

Mesa Winds Winery: 31262 L Rd, Hotchkiss. Wine Paired Dinner, 6 pm. Instrumental piano featuring Robin Nicholoff. Reservations required. Call 970-399-7491 for info.

Mesa Winds

Endless Endeavor Winery: 15566 Fire Mountain Rd, Paonia. 6:30 pm: Wine Paired with Life. Explore local wines paired with “cichetti,” delicious Italian bites. Limited seating, RSVP. Call 970-527-4769 for info or email Endless Endeavor.

Endless Endeavor

Stone Cottage Cellars: 41716 Reds Rd, Paonia. Barrel Tasting, Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing, seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required. Call 970-527-3444 for info. SOLD OUT.

Azura Winery & Gallery: 16764 Farmers Mine Rd, Paonia. Nelson Rangell concert. 7 pm. Get tickets at the Blue Sage and online.

Sunday, August 8

Black Bridge Winery: 15836 Black Bridge Rd, Paonia. Taste of the Vineyard wagon tour, barrel tasting, complimentary samples of wood-fired pizza. Call 970-527-6838 for info.

Alfred Eames Cellars: 11931 4050 Rd, Paonia. Wine tastings from 11 am – 5 pm plus Pam’s Jammin’ Greek lunch, featuring Gyros, Spanokopita, Baklava. No reservations necessary.

Big B’s at Delicious Orchards: 39126 HWY 133, Paonia. Music by Robert Kuhn, 11am-1pm and Clifton Hanger, 2-6pm.

Bromigos Performance at Qutori Wines at Root and Vine Market, Aug 2020

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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.

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