2016 Colorado Mountain Winefest sells out completely

Published: Sep. 17, 2016 at 8:03 PM MDT
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The 25th anniversary of the Colorado Mountain Winefest was celebrated on Saturday. Over 50 wineries and vineyards came to the event, all from Colorado.

"It's looking at a customer's face and when they first go, wow this is amazing. That's so gratifying," said owner and winemaker, Michael Hasler of Decadent Saint.

Hundreds of people come each year to try all the wines Colorado has to offer.

“We drive down every year, we wouldn’t miss it,” said Lauren Dauer, who has attended the last three years.

Most wineries note that Winefest is one of the biggest events on their calendars.

“Last year was a blow away success for us, incredible,” Hasler said.

Hasler and his team brought even more wine because of the previous year’s turnout, “I’ve brought 210 cases this time, which is four pallets of wine.”

The event hosted over 6,600 visitors. Colorado Mountain Winefest not only focuses on Palisade wine, but the growing industry across the state.

“The wonderful thing about Colorado Mountain Winefest is it highlights just Colorado wine, and really with highlighting Colorado wine, Colorado grapes," said event organizer Cassidee Shull.

Shull said wineries aren’t the only ones who benefit from the annual event.

“The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau estimates that just these four days in September bring in anywhere from $740,000 to over a $1,000,000 in revenue, just for the Grand Valley," said Shull.

This was the first year all of the Colorado Mountain Winefest events were completely sold out.

With another successful year in the books, wine makers are already thinking ahead.

“For me, there’s little limit, there’s lots of possibilities,” said Hasler.

Most wineries say they sell out or have to go grab more wine throughout the day.