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Colorado Mountain Winefest

September 15, 2012 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm


Enjoy chef demonstrations, live music, interactive seminars and unlimited sips from 50 Colorado wineries at the 21st annual Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade. This September 15th, meet the people behind the wines and be a part of the climate, altitude and energy that make Colorado and Colorado wine our passion!

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This festival is a celebration of food and wine featuring the opportunity to taste wines from 50 Colorado’s wineries. Enjoy live music, chef demonstrations, interactive seminars, a Grape Stomp and ice carving — all of which are included with your ticket purchase. Colorado Mountain Winefest features a great venue to learn about and taste how Colorado’s wine scene has matured while enjoying unique artisan booths and delicious food vendors. A specially designated tent to store your large purchases and wine will be available for your convenience.

Rules and Regulations

  • Must be 21+ with valid ID when entering the park with a General Admission or VIP ticket – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Non-Drinker ticket holders may not consume wine in the park
  • Backpacks are allowed
  • Bags and purses will be checked at the gate
  • Chairs and blankets are allowed
  • Not responsible for lost or stolen tickets
  • Smoking is not permitted inside of the festival
  • Photos and video will be taken throughout the day. All rights remain the ownership of CAVE and may be used for promotional purposes

General Admission Ticket

Price: $43.00 and includes the following:

  • Commemorative wine glass and wine tote
  • Unlimited tastes from 50 Colorado wineries
  • Interactive seminars
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Live music
  • The ever-popular grape stomp
  • Wine storage

VIP Ticket

The enjoyment begins the moment you arrive at beautiful Palisade Riverbend Park and find that your reserved close-in parking space is awaiting you – immediately adjacent to the private entrance to the VIP Pavilion. Inside you’ll find concierge service to secure your personal items and any purchases you make as you walk around the park, tasting, watching chef demonstrations, listening to music, or just people watching. Each time you escape the crowds to return to the cool shade of the pavilion you will find that the enjoyment just gets better! With over 20 Certified Executive Chef instructors and Colorado Culinary Academy students preparing a delicious array of fresh gourmet dishes paired with sommelier selected wines, you’ll get the most enjoyment possible from the 2012 Colorado Mountain Winefest experience!


Price: $185.00 and includes the following:
Tickets are limited!

  • Separate entrance and access to the shaded VIP Pavilion
  • Commemorative Riedel crystal wine glass
  • Wine tote filled with gifts
  • Exclusive parking in our VIP parking area
  • Delicious array of fresh gourmet dishes
  • Concierge wine storage located in the Pavilion
  • Unlimited tastings from 50Colorado Wineries
  • Live music
  • The ever-popular Grape Stomp
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Interactive Seminars

Non-Drinker Ticket

Price: $23.00 
DOES NOT PERMIT any wine consumption

  • Entrance into the park
  • A free water bottle (coupon issued at the gate)
  • Interactive seminars
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Live music
  • Grape Stomp

Picnic Box Lunch

Price: $15.00 

Available online until September 10th ONLY!

Sliced sausages/salami, Brie and Gouda cheese, a bunch of grapes, green salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots and dressing, assorted olives, La brea dinner roll and something sweet for dessert.

Free Chef Demos

11:00am-5:00pm – Chef Demo Tent


11:00am- Chef Mike Pizzuto
12:00pm- Celebrity Chef Glenn Smith
1:00pm- Chef Joe Hsu
2:00pm- Chef Jon St. Peter
3:00pm- Chef Wayne Smith
4:00pm- Q&A with the chefs!

Free Interactive Seminars and Events
Enjoy the following interactive seminars and events throughout the day!

WINE 101
11:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm – Seminar Tent
Learn the basics of wine tasting in this fun and interactive seminar!


Sommelier Shootout
12:00pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm – Seminar Tent
A head-to-head blind tasting competition of winemakers, chefs and audience participants!


Wine Aroma Wheel
All Day – Wine Wheel Tent

Enhance your ability to distinguish and remember wine flavors and aromas through this interactive wine aroma wheel!


Grape Stomp
12:00pm-3:00pm Grape Stomp Tent

Enjoy your very own “I Love Lucy” moment while you stomp grapes!


Ice Carving
1:00pm-2:30pm– Ice Carving Tent

Watch as chefs create frozen works of art including a functional Ice Luge!


Best of Fest
Sponsored by Moody-Valley Insurance Agency

Pick up the results at the CAVE retail store for the results of this professional winemaking competition! You can taste award winning wines at the winery booths throughout the day.


Live Music
All Day – Main Stage
Enjoy live music throughout the day!
Mike Gwinn & the North Fork Flyers

Round-Trip Shuttle Service

Price: $13.50
all day shuttle services to and from Grand Junction

Loop 1: Downtown Grand Junction – SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn with a stop at the Best Western Grande River Inn in Clifton

Loop 2: Horizon Drive – DoubleTree, Super 8, La Quinta, Clarion Inn, Holiday Inn, Grand Vista Hotel

On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the Winefest table at Springhill Suites and the DoubleTree Hotel from 9:00am-12:00pm.



September 15, 2012
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Riverbend Park
Palisade, CO United States