winery in the North Fork ValleyThe West Elks American Viticultural Area (AVA) spreads through Delta county on the Western Slope of Colorado. It is home to some of the highest vineyards in North America and the some of the best Colorado wine. This high mesa area in the Colorado Rockies seems an unlikely place to grow grapes, but here you will find some of the best wine produced in the state.

For more about our uniquely suited growing climate and a full list of wine events, wineries and vineyards in our area, please see the West Elk AVA website.

West Elk Wine Trail

West Elks Wine Trail Map 2013Click on the map for a full-size pdf of the 2013 West Elk Wine Trail.

Palisade Wine Festival (aka Colorado Mountain Winefest)

Colorado Mountain Winefest is the premier Colorado wine celebration, bringing dozens of local wineries to celebrate award-winning wines and the growing Colorado wine industry. The festival is attended by 45 Colorado wineries a few thousand wine-lovers. The daylong event in Riverbend Park features live entertainment, unlimited wine samples, a commemorative tasting glass, wine tote and the chance to buy wine directly from the winemakers.