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 coloradowinefest.com.

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; tworiverswinery.com

Jack Rabbit Hill Winery Farm Dinner, Hotchkiss, July 3, jackrabbithill.com

Palisade Red, White & Blues Festival, Varaison Vineyards, July 3-4, palisadechamber.chambermaster.com

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

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

Stone Cottage Dinner, Paonia, Aug. 13, info@stonecottagecellars.com

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

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

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

Mountain Harvest Festival, Paonia, Sept. 24, mountainharvestfestival.com

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

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

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