Tasting the Local Wine in Paonia, Colorado
This post is actually an article I wrote for the website Trazzler, which no longer exists. Photos my trip there in 2008 have been added.
In the West Elk Wine Region of Colorado there are several small wineries that they don’t sell their wines outside the region.
One of the best parts of stopping at these wineries is that you can talk with the owners. While you taste their wines, you can listen to their stories of how they got started. One of these is Stone Cottage Cellars. The owners built the stone cottage, stone by stone. They have an excellent Alpine Dessert wine.
Another winery, Azura, is named after the boat the owners sailed around the world in. Their tasting room is also an art gallery and has great views of the surrounding area. Both of these wineries had four or five wines each and were on top of a mesa above Paonia. What are their stories? You’ll just have to go there to find out.