Winefest: Vintage event attracts a growing following

Attendance at the 2012 Colorado Mountain Winefest increased 20 percent over last year with the sale of more than 5,000 tickets to the largest event of its kind in the state showcasing the wine industry.

Paid attendance to the Winefest at Riverbend Park in Palisade on Sept. 15 as well as to such other events as cooking demonstrations, dinners and educational courses conducted over the weekend topped 6,300, said Cassidee Shull, executive director of the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE), the trade group that stages the Winefest.

Fifty wineries participating in the event poured a total of more than 300 different wines to people sampling their vintages.

“The 21st annual Colorado Mountain Winefest was a huge success,” Shull said. “It was fantastic to see our member wineries poring and selling so much wine, and even more fun to witness how much the crowd soaked up the gorgeous day in the park.”

The Winefest serves as a fund-raiser for CAVE, a trade group for wine grape growers and wineries that promotes the industry through advocacy, networking and research.

The 22nd Colorado Mountain Winefest is scheduled for Sept. 19 to 22, 2013.