Signs have been installed to direct people along a route showcasing the fruit and wine-growing area around Palisade.
A dedication for the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 11 at High Country Orchards & Vineyards and Colterris Winery, 3548 E 1/2 Road.
The event will include tours through the orchards, vineyard and winery. Participants also may visit the lavender gardens, peach packing facility and wine tasting room as well as check out a display of vintage tractors.
A reception will honor key partners in the byway project.
The Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway was developed with funding from a Colorado Department of Agriculture grant awarded to the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology.
Local organizations and businesses — including Mesa County and the Town of Palisade — provided matching funds for the project to design and install signs to mark the byway. Signs were installed at Interstate Highway 70 exits into Palisade, along U.S. Highway 6 and Colorado Highway 141 and along the byway route itself.
The signs are designed to direct traffic off the highways and guide visitors to orchards, wineries and produce stands. The effort also is expected to promote tourism and agricultural business in the Grand Valley.
The Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway project will continue with a second grant that will help fund additional signs, a kiosk, mobile telephone application and printed marketing materials.