Colorado may be high on the list of craft beer destinations, but it’s a great place for wine lovers, too. There are dozens of unique wine festivals in Colorado throughout the year.
The Centennial State is home to more than 150 licensed wineries and an abundance of wine bars, shops, and award-winning restaurants known for their outstanding wine program. These wine fests are diverse in location, spanning from Denver and Boulder to Colorado Springs, and throughout many mountain towns, including Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, and Telluride.
Each wine fest also offers something different for everyone – some offer different types of music and live entertainment, while some focus on food and pairings. Some only focus on wines produced from local wineries while others include wines from all over the world.
Keep in mind that dates and locations for wine festivals can change. Check the event’s website regularly to stay up-to-date on any changes or cancellations. If a specific date isn’t listed, the event organizers may not have released the exact date and location yet.
Estes Park Wine & Chocolate Festival
This festival celebrates the dynamic duo of wine and chocolate in Estes Park. There are about 20 different wineries, with a few meaderies, pouring samples of their drinks. Chocolate vendors are right in the mix, passing out samples of their well-made chocolate to accompany the wines. There is also a variety of arts and craft vendors, live music, and a souvenir glass for ticket holders.
- Location: Estes Park Event Center
- Date: February 12, 2022
- Website: estesparkeventscomplex.com/wineandchocolate.html
Wine Festival of Colorado Springs
The Wine Festival of Colorado Springs is the longest-running festival in Southern Colorado, first held in 1992. Past years have included featured wineries and guests from various locations – Southern France, New Zealand, Portugal, and Italy. There have also been interactive elements, such as wine and food pairings, seminars, and of course, tastings.
Chalk Lines and Vines
The Chalk Lines and Vines is a unique event that combines wine with live chalk art. This outdoor event features several chalk artists creating murals live while guests sample wines from 10+ Colorado wineries. In addition to the local wines, there are also food trucks and live music.
- Location: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Aurora
- Date: May
- Website: arapahoecountyfair.com/p/events/chalklinesandvines
Aspen Food & Wine Classic
Travel Channel named the Aspen Food & Wine Classic one of the best food and wine festivals in the U.S. This three-day event features cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and discussions led by wine experts and industry professionals.
- Location: Aspen
- Date: June 17 – 19, 2022
- Website: foodandwine.com/promo/events/aspen-classic/classic-main
Telluride Wine Festival
The Telluride Wine Festival has been happening for more than 40 years. This multi-day festival features a wide variety of wineries along with local restaurants serving food samples to go along with wine and educational seminars. The mission of the festival is to help the local economy and donate a portion of its proceeds to support the area’s food-producing community.
Castle Rock WineFest
Castle Rock WineFest has been presented by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce since 2004. The outdoor wine fest offers unlimited tastings from more than 20 Colorado wineries, serving more than 180 varietals of wine. There’s also live music, food trucks, and artisan vendors.
- Location: Butterfield Park in the Meadows, Castle Rock
- Date: July 16, 2022
- Website: castlerock.org/castle-rock-winefest
Crested Butte Wine + Food Festival
Crested Butte Wine + Food Festival is a several-day event, featuring multiple wine tastings, seminars for those both new to wine and connoisseurs led by experts, and multi-course dinners paired with wine. This annual festival is a fundraiser for the Crested Butte Center for the Arts.
Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival
This Keystone festival combines a great duo – wines and jazz music. There are hundreds of varietals of wine to sample as well as local food vendors creating small bites to accompany the wine. Local Colorado jazz musicians are performing throughout the festival as well.
- Location: River Run Village, Keystone
- Date: July 16 – 17, 2022
- Website: keystonefestivals.com/festivals/wine-and-jazz
Estes Park Wine Festival
This year will be the 7th annual Estes Park Wine Festival taking place in downtown Estes Park. The two-day event includes unlimited tastings, along with live music and food and retail vendors. VIP tickets include entry to a VIP tent, wine bar, and catered food.
- Location: Bond Park, downtown Estes Park
- Date: August 13 and 14, 2022
- Website: estesparkwinefestival.com
Front Range Wine Festival
The Front Range Wine Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. This event includes only Colorado-made wine – 300 varietals from more than 35 local wineries. Previous Colorado wineries have included Water to Wine, Sweetheart Winery, and Spero Winery.
Winter Park Uncorked
Winter Park Uncorked has previously featured an eclectic variety of wineries from all over the world, including Bennett Valley Cellars, DAOU Family Estates, and Piatelli Vineyards. The fest has also held a cork-off where contestants compete to see whose cork travels the farthest, earning a prize of champagne.
Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival
You’ll only find wines made in Colorado at the Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival, held at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. In addition to wine, patrons can also sample local Colorado-made meads and glogg. Previous wineries in attendance include Cottonwood Cellars, Mountain View Winery, and Talon Wines.
- Location: Memorial Park, Manitou Springs
- Date: August
- Website: manitousprings.org/manitou-springs-colorado-wine-festival
Colorado Mountain Winefest
This will be the 31st year for the Colorado Mountain Winefest, which is the largest fundraiser for the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology. In addition to tasting wine, Colorado chefs lead wine-related food demos, such as food and wine pairings and DIY charcuterie boards. Educational seminars give attendees some knowledge. Previous seminars included wines made by women wine makers and celebrating the history of Colorado wine.
Tour de Vineyards
Tour de Vineyards combines two favorites in Palisade – biking, and wine. Before the Colorado Mountain Winefest begins, wine lovers can bike through wine country. Riders choose between a 23-mile route following Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway or a 58-mile route that adds on a loop over the Reeder Mesa.
- Location: Palisade
- Date: September
- Website: facebook.com/tourdevineyards
Breckenridge Wine Classic
The Breckenridge Wine Classic hosts a wide variety of activities for wine enthusiasts. Events change yearly but have included wine and dinner pairings, hikes with wine makers followed by a paired lunch, outdoor tastings, and educational seminars about pairing wine at home and choosing the best glass.
Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music Festival
Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music Festival is held the third weekend every September and features musical acts, wines for sampling, and beer from San Luis Brewing. This festival is hosted by Lake City DIRT, an organization dedicated to historic preservation and economic revitalization – all proceeds benefit Lake City. Each year, there is a new custom wine glass available for purchase.
Boulder Valley Wine Festival
Tickets to the Boulder Valley Wine Festival include a commemorative glass, wine tote, and unlimited tastings. Colorado wineries previously in attendance include Avanti Winery, Bad Bitch Cellars, and Maison La Belle Vie Winery. Cider has also been available from Wild Cider, St. Vrain Cidery, and Climb Hard Cider.
Wine Festival at Island Lake
Located in Northern Colorado at the NOCO Islands, there are more than 200 wines served from over 15 Colorado wineries, and wine is available for purchase. Other entertainment includes live music, food, and retail events. The VIP Island includes catered food and a wine bar.
Snowmass Wine Festival
The Snowmass Wine Festival is a two-day event with wine tastings, food, and live entertainment taking place in Snowmass Village. Previous festivals gave opportunities to meet and learn from winemakers, a DJ during the grand tasting event, and a silent auction raising money for various not-for-profits.
Steamboat Food & Wine Festival
The Steamboat Food and Wine Festival is a multi-day wine extravaganza. There are several tastings, including sessions that highlight a specific region, such as wines of Tuscany. The fest offers a lot to learn with food pairings, seminars, and interactive workshops taught by industry experts. Esteemed chefs create wine-focused dishes and food pairings.
Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival
This weekend-long festival highlights the wines of Burgundy through a variety of events – dinners, lunches, educational seminars, and a grand tasting, serving more than 200 wines. Special guests at events have included Sommeliers, esteemed wine journalists, and top Burgundy producers, and the festival is organized by Master-Sommelier run Boulder Wine Merchant.
The festival is a not-for-profit, raising money for various local causes in its 11-year history, including Sophie’s Neighborhood and There with Care, as well as the Somm Foundation, which helps provide opportunities to aspiring wine professionals.
- Location: Boulder
- Date: late October / early November – dates released in January
- Website: boulderburgundyfestival.com
Denver International Wine Festival
The Denver International Wine Festival consists of food- and wine-fueled events over several days. Past events have included a tasting of 400 wines, beers, and spirits, educational seminars on wine, and food and wine pairings from Colorado chefs.
Estes Park Holiday Wine Festival
The Estes Park Holiday Wine Festival is not only a chance to taste wines but also to shop retail and craft vendors for holiday gifts. This festive event has more than a dozen Colorado wineries with more than 100 varietals available for unlimited sampling.
- Location: Estes Park Events Complex
- Date: November 27th
- Website: estesparkholidaywinefestival.com
Colorado Uncorked is the public tasting of The Governor’s Cup Collection and the only opportunity to try all of the collection at the same time. The locally made wines are paired with small bites created by local Colorado chefs.
As you can tell, the wine flows year-round in Colorado. Keep this ever-expanding list of the best wine fests handy and add a few events to your calendar.