Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray’s Wine Country ~ Delta County is about to “Wine-Down”.

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 @04:30 PM

As temperatures drop in Southwest Colorado, winemakers are scrambling to share a few more bottles of wine before they close for the season.

There are still some opportunities to take a trip, spend a quiet fall day in the area and enjoy a tasting or two. 


Red, Whites, and Blues:

dinner in the vineyard ourayStone Cottage Cellars of Paonia, Colorado, is celebrating local wine, local food and local music on Saturday, October 15, from 4-7 pm.  Join us at the cellar door for wood-fired pizza, a glass of red, a glass of white and a relaxing evening of Blues and Jazz, all overlooking the ripening vineyard with Mount Lamborn in the distance.  Talented local musician, Mike Gwinn, just back from a reunion tour of Southern California, will lend his guitar and vocal artistry to an evening of Blues and Jazz.  The tang of wood smoke and the crisp, fall mountain air invite you to enjoy a slice or two of pizza and a glass or two of award-winning Stone Cottage Cellars wine while watching the sun slide beneath the horizon.   As part of its long-standing commitment to music in the North Fork Valley, Stone Cottage Cellars will donate 10% of all sales on Saturday, October 15 to the Paonia High School Music program.  Come on out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather, grab a slice of pizza and a glass of wine, pick up your wine for the holidays and help support music in our local schools, all while immersed in some of the smoothest Blues and Jazz on the Western Slope.

 For more information contact Stone Cottage Cellars at info@stonecottagecellars.com or 970-527-3444. Stone Cottage Cellars, 41716 Reds Rd. Paonia, CO  81428

 Ladies Night at Black Bridge Winery:

wine and chocolateLadies, this will be a very fun night so save the date.  October 2oth, we are going to throw one last Chocolate night grand finale with yet more delicious chocolate from our friend Ann Dennison as well as a special showing of the movie Chocolate with super cutie Johnny Depp.  Enjoy an evening of Johnny, chocolate beverages, chocolate drizzled popcorn, chocolate dipped apples, wine (of course!) and more.   Cost is $10 pp and includes tasting, movie and lots of fun.  It’s getting chilly so don’t forget to bring a sweater.  Call 527-6838 to make your “resy” today!

If you need to consider lodging try: Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn, A Simpler Time B&B, The Bross Hotel; or in Hotchkiss, Hanson Mesa B&B. www.deltacountycolorado.com/lodging.

 Wine-Down Fridays:

ourays wine countryBlack Bridge Winery will host 3 more Wine-Down Fridays, the 14th, 21st and 28th of October. From 5-7 they will have a wine happy hour.  Enjoy light snacks and an excellent selection of wines for $5 a glass, also available by the bottle.  Check out their selection of artisan bread and cheese for a light dinner or feel free to bring a picnic and dine alfresco down by the river. The brick oven pizzas will be available too! 

It’s getting chilly so don’t forget to bring a sweater.  Call 527-6838 to make your “resy” today!

If you need to consider lodging try: Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn, A Simpler Time B&B, The Bross Hotel; or in Hotchkiss, Hanson Mesa B&B. www.deltacountycolorado.com/lodging

Come on into Ouray’s Wine Country down in Delta County and take a tour before the winemakers head for the cellars to create some wonderful wines. Maps for Tours can be found at Hardins Natural Foods/Liliputian Winery, right on Hwy 92 a few miles before you reach Hotchkiss. Look for the big yellow sun sign. Delicious Orchards also has maps and a tasting room. They can be found on Hwy 133 just outside of Paonia. Watch for the big apple sign or the noticeable “Wine Tasting – Yarn” signs on top of the building. 

fall-foliage-owl-creek-passThere are only a few more days to enjoy the tours and the beautiful fall days. Grab some wine; order an organic turkey and other wonderful local products for your winter pantry. Then settle into a scenic Ouray winter. Enjoy the holiday festivals, ice climbers and local favorites. Sip some wine, savor some chocolate and share with friends.


About the author:  Kelli Hepler is a graphic artist and tourism professional that creates brochures, ads, pamphlets for her tourism clients with her company, Graphox Design and Advertising.  She makes her home in Delta, Colorado where she lives with her pet rabbit. Click me

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