West Elks Wine Trail

West Elks Wine Trail

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

Aug 5-7, 2022

2022 Wine Trail Activities

** Friday, August 5 **

Azura Cellars: 16764 Farmers Mine Rd, Paonia. Teri Havens Photography Exhibit!

Stone Cottage Cellars: 41716 Reds Rd, Paonia. Italic Calligraphy class plus wine from 3:30-5:30 with instructor Chris Nowatzki. All materials are provided. $30. Limited to 25. Make a reservation. Call 970-527-3444 for info.

The Storm Cellar: 14139 Runzel Gulch Rd, Hotchkiss. Steak Night With Chef Joseph Kerns, 4-7pm. Featuring locally raised, never-frozen, wood-fired steaks, served alongside some of the valley’s best produce. Reservations are not required. Call 970-589-3142 for info.

Mesa Winds Winery: 31262 L Rd, Hotchkiss. Music, Food & Wine, 6-8pm. SOLD OUT. Call 970-399-7491 for info.

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

** Saturday, August 6 **

Black Bridge Winery: 15836 Black Bridge Rd, Paonia. Enjoy a complimentary, fun and informative tractor pulled wagon tour to the vineyards and taste the wine produced from that vineyard. Your tour guide is farmer, owner, and winemaker, Lee Bradley. Also enjoy complimentary food pairings with their estate grown wines. Complimentary samples of our wood-fired pizza from our homemade pizza oven will be served 11am-4pm. Winery opens 10am. Call 970-527-6838 for info.

Azura Cellars: 16764 Farmers Mine Rd, Paonia. Wine tastings, rustic deli provided by Bicyclette et Fleurs from 11-6pm. No reservations necessary. Plus remote control yacht racing on the pond and Teri Havens Photography Exhibit!

Mesa Winds Winery: 31262 L Rd, Hotchkiss. Serving small plates, tasting flights, 11am-8pm. Call 970-399-7491 for info.

Alfred Eames Cellars: 11931 4050 Rd, Paonia. Street Taco Day With Wine Tasting from 12-5pm. No reservations necessary.

Qutori Wines: 40823 Hwy 133 (Root and Vine), Paonia. Live music on the patio, 1-4pm with Bill Martin and 5:30-7:30pm with Ellen Stapenhorst.

The Storm Cellar: 14139 Runzel Gulch Rd, Hotchkiss. Summer Wine Release Celebration at The Storm Cellar, featuring six new white and rosé wines plus Chef Brandt Bishop concocting small plates from 3-7pm or until sold out.

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

** Sunday, August 7 **

Black Bridge Winery: 15836 Black Bridge Rd, Paonia. Enjoy a complimentary, fun and informative tractor pulled wagon tour to the vineyards and taste the wine produced from that vineyard. Your tour guide is farmer, owner, and winemaker, Lee Bradley. Also enjoy complimentary food pairings with their estate grown wines. Complimentary samples of our wood-fired pizza from our homemade pizza oven will be served 11am-4pm. Winery opens 10am. Call 970-527-6838 for info.

Mesa Winds Winery: 31262 L Rd, Hotchkiss. Serving Brunch, starting 10am. Call 970-399-7491 for info.

Azura Cellars: 16764 Farmers Mine Rd, Paonia. Wine tastings, rustic deli provided by Bicyclette et Fleurs from 11-6pm. No reservations necessary. Plus remote control yacht racing on the pond and Teri Havens Photography Exhibit!

Alfred Eames Cellars: 11931 4050 Rd, Paonia. Street Taco Day With Wine Tasting from 12-5pm. No reservations necessary.

Mesa Winds
Stone Cottage
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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.

Storm Cellar
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