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The wineries of the West Elks Wine Country invite you to a special weekend of touring, premium wine tasting and winemakers' dinners during the eighth annual West Elks Wine Trail Aug. 5-7. Set your own route for a fun and relaxing day or weekend and come home with delicious wine and memories.

Start your West Elks Wine Trail tour by stopping by any of the West Elks Wineries in the Paonia/Hotchkiss area to pick up your trail map for the weekend. Each winery will feature food and wine pairings, with a focus on local foods. The winemakers have selected two favorite foods to complement their wines, and will give you the recipes just for stopping by. The nine wine tasting rooms will offer a wide variety of activities from vineyard tours, art displays, tastings, winemakers' dinners, food pairings, mountain views and more. Complimentary wine glasses will be given to those who travel along the wine trail and collect recipes from at least five wineries.

Many of the vintages from this region are only available at the wineries and are extremely limited. There are several events and dinners associated with the West Elks Wine Trail event. Please contact wineries directly.

The West Elks AVA is notably home to vineyards planted at the highest elevation in the northern hemisphere. The intense sunlight, warm days and cool nights produce grapes that are ideally suited for creating distinctive Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah, Gamay, Cayuga and Chambourcin. Additionally, local winemakers craft wines from Colorado-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmina and Tempranillo. Vintners produce wines in all styles from beautifully dry, crisp whites, to robust, meaty reds, sweet and delicious port-style dessert wines and hard apple cider.

Participating wineries include 5680', Alfred Eames Cellars, Azura Cellars, Black Bridge Winery, Leroux Creek Vineyards, Mesa Winds Farm & Winery, Stone Cottage Cellars, Terror Creek Winery and North Fork Cellars at Delicious Orchards.

For information call 527-3444 or visit westelksava.com.

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