I thought it was time to dedicate a post to Colorado wine country. Especially since the 26th Annual Colorado Mountain Winfest is this weekend in Palisade, Colorado. The Winefest is Colorado’s largest wine festival featuring unlimited sips from over 50, yes 50, Colorado wineries. The festival is held in September, perfectly planned with the changing of the seasons.
Growing up in Northern California I was well aware of wineries. After all, when you hear Napa, the first thing that comes to mind is wine. But, in my humble opinion, Colorado has a lot to brag about as well. I remember the first time I discovered Colorado wine country. We were living in Denver at the time and I had to go to the Western Slope for business. While driving along I-70, I was passing Palisade and I did a double take. I couldn’t believe my eyes. All of the vineyards! It was an amazing sight. Unfortunately, on that business trip I couldn’t partake in any vino tasting, but I made sure to tell my husband, “we must visit the Western Slope and check out the wineries!” Well, we did!!! We took a little mini vacation and explored the wineries. It was an awesome experience. Lots of very nice, hospitable folks, and of course delicious wine. Another plus, almost every winery is dog friendly. We were so impressed by the landscape, the wine, and of course the people, it was a great visit.
Mount Garfield (my favorite), the Bookcliffs, the Grand Mesa (largest flat top mountain in the world), and the Colorado River adorn the landscape, along with lavender farms, and a variety of orchards including the infamous Palisade peaches. The Grand Valley is full of lush farmland. A sweet combination of warm days followed by cool evenings make this valley the perfect place to grow grapes and other produce.
Wine country in Colorado offers a wide range of wines. If you like wine, you are covered. White, red, rose, sweet, honey, you get the idea. If you aren’t a wine person, no worries, there is also a brewery and distillery in Palisade as well.
One item on our to do list is to cruise around the wineries on bikes. Now is the perfect time to bike the Fruit and Wine Byway because the temperatures are starting to cool down. Bring your own bike or rent one locally. There are plenty of places to spend the weekend. Including the Wine Country Inn, which can be seen off of I-70.
Now that we live on the Western Slope and about 15ish minutes from Colorado wine country, I want to sing its praises! We regularly take little drives through Palisade, (that is where I took the pictures for this post) where I chase the setting sun to get dreamy pictures of that perfect light hitting the wineries. I am always in awe of the majestic beauty out on the Western Slope. If you haven’t made a trip out this way, I invite you to visit what I enthusiastically call home. Raise a glass to a hidden treasure on the Western Slope, Colorado Wine Country! Cheers!
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