VIP Winefest tickets already sold out

PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- We're six months out and already VIP tickets for the Colorado Mountain Winefest are sold out.

Event organizers say this is the earliest tickets have gone in years.

"Those tickets have just been selling quicker and quicker every year,” said the executive director for Colorado Mountain Winefest, Cassidee Shull.

Food, music, and wine straight from the vine, makes for a good time.

"It's an awesome festival,” said the general manager at Wine Country Inn, Ian Kelley.

It may be empty right now, but come September Riverbend Park in Palisade will be packed with more 6,000 people from across the world.

"People as far away as Germany and Australia, China,” said Shull.

It’s Colorado’s largest wine festival.

"They're are spending money here, they're shopping, they're buying wine, there are staying in local hotels, they are eating out,” said Shull.

It was voted the best in the nation by USA Today.

"Really excited because we just sold out of our VIP tickets last week which has never happened this early we usually have those available all the way through July and August,” said Shull.

Selling out means a big boost in the local economy.

"I'm already at 77% occupancy so I only have about twenty rooms to sell for September this year for wine festival,” said Kelley.

One glass of wine at a time.

"Last year we were trying to find rooms for people who stopped by, the closest rooms were in Rifle,” said Kelley.

Winefest will be from Sept. 13 to 16, with the main event on Saturday.

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