Tucked in between and to the south of Durango and Pagosa Springs, lies the region’s only commercial vineyard and winery. Fox Fire Farms operates a 910 acre livestock farm in La Plata County.
Their tasting room set on their large ranch makes the perfect setting for sipping on a glass of vino. It’s a prime choice for your special event, whether it’s a birthday or bachelorette party. Guests are welcome Thursday to Sunday from 1 to 6pm, between from May 15th and October 31st, before the winery closes its doors for the season.
Wine made in Ignacio
Their local grapes are among the highest grown in the country, at an elevation of 6500 feet above level. They are one of few Western U.S. wineries both growing and making wine with cold climate hybrid varieties, including Marquette, Traminette, Brianna, Vignoles, Corot Noir and Petite Pearl.
Their grapes have been bred to withstand the low temperatures of a Colorado night, allowing them to make delicious homegrown wines in La Plata County. Their wines are affordably priced, though not cheap.
Most of their wines are Colorado Estate Grown. Here are some of their best-sellers:
- Fox Fire Corot Noir
- Fox Fire Riesling & Summer Riesling
- Fox Fire Traminette
- Fox Fire Marquette
- Fox Fire Cabernet Sauvignon
- Fox Fire Red
- Fox Fire Chardonnay
- Fox Fire Pinot Noir
- Fox Fire Mandarin Orange / Muscat
- Fox Fire Fruit Wines
- Fox Fire Vignoles
- Fox Fire Brianna
- Richard’s Ruby
- Juliet Rose’
Events at the winery
In addition to stopping by for an impromptu wine tasting, Fox Fire Farms hosts a few annual events.
Friday Nights: Every Friday night from the beginning of June through September, Fox Fire Farms hosts live music, food, carriage rides and fine wine. Be sure to attend one of their exciting summer gatherings from 6 to 9pm.
Taste of Spring: Kick off the summer wine season on Memorial Day weekend every year at Fox Fire Farms. Taste new wines, dance to live music, enjoy local artisan vendors, take a tour of the farm, glide along on a horse drawn carriage, pet baby farm animals, eat delicious barbecue and delicacies. It’s a great festival for the whole family, held from 1-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day weekend.
You can also taste their wine at these local festivals:
- Telluride Wine Festival – late June
- Salida Winefest – early September
- Colorado Mountain Winefest, Festival in the Park – mid September
Address: 5513 Co Rd 321, Ignacio
Season: mid May through October