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Eat, Play, Stay: North Fork Valley, Colorado

Savor fine wine, culinary creations, and agriturismo at this high-altitude vineyard.

DRINK IN PRISTINE MOUNTAIN views and crisp high-altitude wine at Stone Cottage Cellars (, a family-owned labor of love that lies deep in the North Fork Valley. Spanning acres of lush farmland, verdant valleys, and high desert, this idyllic vineyard embraces the spirit of Italian agriturismo to cultivate sustainability and community, complemented by exceptional wines that reflect the terroir of the region, hearty food, and convivial company.
With overnight accommodations and cherished farm-to-table family recipes, Stone Cottage Cellars promises a delightful sensory experience in Colorado’s Western Slope.

Indulge your palate with exquisite culinary creations at frequent barrel tastings and gourmet food and wine events held throughout the summer. Each sip of wine is paired with local cuisine to create a harmonious dining experience, including delectable morsels, entrees, and a sweet treat. From the succulent flavors of Colorado elk complementing a Merlot to the delicate notes of Rocky Mountain trout enhanced by a pinot gris, each dish is meticulously crafted to accentuate the vineyard’s exceptional wines.

Explore the 13-acre estate nestled amid the West Elk American Viticultural Area, where endless rows of vines stretch as far as the eye can see. Uncork knowledge about the winemaking process as you wander through vineyards and cellars, gaining insight into the artistry and dedication to organic and low-impact practices behind each bottle of Stone Cottage Cellars vino.
For a more immersive experience, participate in a guided wine tasting, where knowledgeable staff will lead you through a carefully crafted selection of the vineyard’s finest vintages. Cultivated at elevations ranging from 4,500 to 6,500 feet, the crisp acidity and potent flavor is preserved from crush to bottle, creating a uniquely Colorado nuance.
After wandering through the vineyards, get a taste for farm life, whether it’s harvesting Gewürztraminer grapes, foraging your own salads and vegetables in the garden, connecting with the host family, or giving pets to resident wine dog Gibbs.
In addition to the immersive wine experience, take advantage of miles of the surrounding outdoor playground that awaits. Explore the famed North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison; fish, canoe, or boat in the pristine waters of the Paonia Reservoir; drive the stunning West Elk Loop Scenic Byway, or enjoy miles of trails for hiking, biking, hunting, and camping.

Extend your stay with an evening spent in the original Stone Cottage, built stone by stone from the local fieldstone cleared across the estate over the past hundred years. This rustic, charming guest cottage equipped with modern amenities offers an intimate glimpse into the vineyard lifestyle. Guests can soak in panoramic views of the surrounding alpine air in a serene sanctuary to unplug.

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