Colorado Mountain WineFest

Colorado Mountain WineFest is the best and biggest celebration of the state’s growing wine industry each year. This year is a little extra special as it celebrates 20 years. With 56 participating wineries and numerous culinary experts coming to town, there’s a whole lot going on throughout the long weekend (Sept. 16–18). Here are the not-to-miss highlights.

Dine, Wine and Vine Experience
Noon– 2 pm, Friday, September 16, Wine Country Inn, 77 Grande River Drive

Enjoy a relaxed lunch and unique experience at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade with state enologist Dr. Steve Menke. Lunch will be paired with Colorado’s best produce from the harvest and with superb Colorado wine. Walk through the vineyards with Steve, and learn and experience the romance of winemaking. Tickets are $65.

Farm to Table Wine and Food Pairing
2 pm-4 pm Saturday, Sept 17, WineFest VIP tent

The Farm to Table Food and Wine Pairing with Kevin Kidd and Evan Faber is brand new this year and brings a stellar food component to the park. The executive chef and beverage director at Salt in Boulder — considered two of the leading culinary minds in the Colorado wine movement — will conduct this seminar, talking about pairing Colorado foods to Colorado wines. Tickets are $30.

20th Anniversary Salut
4 pm–4:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 17, WineFest VIP tent

Join winemakers, owners and VIP guests for a special toast celebrating 20 years of Colorado Mountain Winefest. For winemakers and VIP guests only!

Behind the Winery Bash
11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, Mesa Park Vineyards, 3321 C Road

Mesa Park Vineyards finishes off the weekend with its annual “Behind the Winery” bash. This once-a-year party features all of our wines served alongside tasty bites with local ingredients inspired by some of our favorite chefs plus plenty of entertainment. Entrance is free.

Early Dinner
Sunday, Sept. 18, Feast in the Fields at Z’s Orchard, 315 33 3/4 Road

Finish off the weekend at the adorable Z’s Orchard for a one-of-a-kind experience for dinner. This truly special evening always hosted by the charming Richard Skaar and Carol Zadrozny, Z’s owners. John Barbier of Maison La Belle Vie and Le Rouge will prepare the feast alongside his delicious wine and a selection of Mesa Park Vineyards offerings. Tickets are $75, call for reservations.