Tour the Grand Valley Wine Country
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One of Colorado’s two federally designated wine regions, the Grand Valley American viticultural area (AVA) extends from East Orchard Mesa west, toward the flanks of the Colorado National Monument. The West Elks AVA includes the towns of Paonia and Hotchkiss and areas along the north fork of the Gunnison River.

A great way to learn about all of Colorado–produced wines, from to Front Range to the Western Slope, is to attend Palisade’s annual Colorado Mountain Winefest, held the third weekend of September in Riverbend Park. The event features wine and food pairing events, chef demos, grape stomps, winery tours, chocolate tastings, and – of course – wine tastings. This year’s 20th anniversary celebration runs Sept. 15-18; more info is available at

But you don’t have to wait until the end of summer to appreciate what Colorado’s wine country has to offer. All Colorado wineries offer a multitude of wine-oriented events, whether it’s an organized tour and tasting, a winemakers dinner, or art among the vines. Below is a small sampling of this summer’s offerings for the Western Colorado wine adventure enthusiast…

Jazz Among the Grapevines, Two Rivers Winery, June 21; July 19; Aug. 16;

Jack Rabbit Hill Winery Farm Dinner, Hotchkiss, July 3,

Palisade Red, White & Blues Festival, Varaison Vineyards, July 3-4,

Riesling & Chardonnay Release, Black Bridge Winery, Aug. 5,

West Elks Wine Trail, Black Bridge Winery, Aug. 5,

Stone Cottage Dinner, Paonia, Aug. 13,

Farm, Food, Film & Wine Festival, Paonia, Aug. 20,

Vineyard Plein Air Workshop, Garfield Estates Winery, Aug. 26-28,

Mesa Verde Country Wine & Art Festival, Cortez, Aug. 27,

Mountain Harvest Festival, Paonia, Sept. 24,

Colorado Mountain Wine Fest, Palisade, Sept. 15-18,

For more information on Colorado wine and related events, go to

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