West Elks Wine Trail

West Elks Wine Trail

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

Aug 2-4, 2024

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 $40 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.

More details will be forthcoming as we approach August!

2024 Events

Subject to change

Clear Fork Cider

Clear Fork Cider

Friday-Saturday, August 2-3, 2-5pm
234 Grand Ave, Paonia
Inside Paonia Books

Vertical Tastings.

Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage Cellars

Friday-Saturday, August 2-3, 6:30-8:30pm
41716 Reds Rd, Paonia

Barrel Tasting/Gourmet Food & Wine Pairing.

Reservations Required: August 2nd (very few seats left) and August 3rd (SOLD OUT).

Storm Cellar

The Storm Cellar

Friday-Sunday, August 2-4
14139 Runzel Gulch Rd, Hotchkiss

August 2nd: Steak Night, 4-7 pm, Chef Joseph Kerns.

August 3rd: Best Slope Culinary, no reservations, 2-7pm.

August 4th: Garden-to-Glass Cocktail Workshop 11am -1pm, tickets required, Bonfire Oyster Co., 2-7pm, no reservations.

Mesa Winds

Mesa Winds

Saturday, August 3
31262 L Rd, Hotchkiss

Interactive harvest dinner. Guests will harvest and prepare their meal.

Black Bridge

Black Bridge Winery

Saturday-Sunday, August 3-4, 10am-6pm
15836 Black Bridge Rd, Paonia

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

Qutori Wines

Qutori Wines

Saturday-Sunday, August 3-4
40823 HWY 133, Paonia

August 3rd: Barrel tasting, 12-4pm

August 3rd: Music on the patio, 5-7pm

August 4th: Farm to Table dinner, call 970-527-3236 for reservations.

Asked Questions!

What does the $40 ticket get me?

This ticket covers your tasting fees on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at each of the 11 wineries and cideries, one tasting per location. You'll also receive a commemorative wine glass and branded West Elks AVA reusable tote. It's a great deal if you're here for the weekend and already planning on visiting several wineries.

Where do my ticket dollars go?

The $40 ticket proceeds go directly to the West Elks AVA non-profit account, not the individual wineries. This is our collective means of generating revenue to further our shared goals of quality and reach.

Where do I buy my ticket for the West Elks Wine Trail?

Get tickets via the link at the top of this page and be sure to visit the West Elks AVA's website and follow along on Facebook or Instagram for timely updates and details.

Are tickets still available?

Yes; however, a limited number is available, and the tickets will sell out before the actual event, so act quickly.

Are tickets required for the weekend?

No. Our winery association is offering a $40 ticket, but you are absolutely welcome to come out and enjoy the valley's offerings as you normally would. The ticket is optional.

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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Eames Dinner
Eames Dinner Menu

For reservations call Amy (970-361-7063) or Devin (970-778-8678).