"I left the oceans for the mountains, and traded a cozy retirement to work the land, grow grapes, and make wine."
Cyndi and Brian moved to Paonia in June 2015, escaping the rat race and finding the "community" they sought in the North Fork Valley. They immediately commenced their "endless endeavor" on their 8 acre farmette, pursuing their gardening, grape-growing, and winemaking dreams.
Our vineyard is located on Pitkin Mesa one mile from downtown Paonia, in the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River amidst the beautiful West Elk Mountains. The 360 degree view encompasses the Valley, Mt. Lamborn and Land's End, Gunnison Mountain, The Raggeds, and nearby Black Canyon and Grand Mesa. Our south facing vineyard and hay pasture features fertile clay loam, kept lush in the high desert by Fire Mountain Canal irrigation.
The vineyard is young, with the first significant harvest planned for fall 2019.. The latest varieties of cold hardy North American hybrid grapes (Petite Pearl, Traminette, Crimson Pearl, Verona, and Itasca) promise to offer wines that challenge the quality of old world varieties. We also offer vinifera wines produced from West Elks and Grand Valley AVA grapes, including Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Primitivo, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Merlot.
Comfortable and private lodging on our small farm, winery, and vineyard 1 mile north of Paonia on Colorado's western slope. Spacious (more than 600 square feet) mini-apartment with bedroom, bath (tub with shower) and great room with kitchenette. Private access via outdoor stairway next to the winery tasting room and patio. A quiet and peaceful setting, the guest quarters is above the winery with no adjacent living spaces and our building is 200 feet off a dead end road with your accommodations on the far side. The tasting room and patio are typically open 11 AM to 6 PM (Memorial Day through October), so there will be some activity during these hours. The patio is available privately for guests before 11 AM and after 6 PM. Enjoy this quaint and relaxing barn-themed country setting, conveniently located and within minutes of several other West Elks AVA wineries.
Bright 2nd floor mini-apartment provides spectacular mountain and valley views surrounded by the vineyard and hay fields. Located in the midst of the West Elks Mountains, the great room has large east-facing windows that provide magnificent views of the Raggeds, Mt Gunnison, the West Elks, and the North Fork Valley below. At night, enjoy the unlit, dark night sky and be awed by the clarity of the Milky Way. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of the host's wine while taking in the views in quiet serenity.
For information on private tastings or event rentals, send us an e-mail or call.. We'll get right back to you.
15566 Fire Mountain Road, Paonia, Colorado 81428, United States
Wednesday - Sunday and Holidays: 11am to 6pm
Memorial Day Weekend May 24 to October 31
Closed Monday and Tuesday