Wine Tasting and a Picnic on East Orchard Mesa
East Orchard Mesa offers some of the most stunning views in all of Colorado. This half-day itinerary will take you up a few hundred feet from town, and showcase two family-run wineries producing bold, estate-grown red wines from classic Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot). Grab some cheese, linger for a picnic, then finish the day with Palisade’s best pizza.
Sprigs and Sprouts
This lavender farm offers a boutique gift and gourmet food shop filled with tasty treats to start your day. Create a wine and cheese picnic for later in the day. Browse for gift ideas to bring back home, then pick up a bottle of gourmet olive oil, a loaf of bread and some cheese to pack on your day’s trip to Palisade’s wineries.
Mesa Park Vineyards
This boutique, family run producer of estate red wines sits high on East Orchard Mesa. The tasting room is behind the house in the big red barn — and it’s likely that one of the four family members who own the winery will be the ones actually pouring your samples of wine. Be on the lookout for events behind the barn and ask for a tour! Complimentary tastings. There’s a picnic table perfect to open up your bounty from Sprigs and Sprouts.
One of the newer wineries of Colorado owns some of the best real estate overlooking the Colorado River. It also doubles as one of the largest peach growers in the state, High Country Orchards (named after the owners, the Highs, not the elevation). The tasting room offers samples for $5 and there’s a quaint farm stand next door. If time permits, ask for a tour of the property (glass of wine in hand!) to see the stunning views from the property overlook a few short minutes of walking away from the tastings.
After an afternoon touring vineyards, a casual pizza experience can be the best remedy for unwinding. Diorio’s offers the town’s best pizza, subs and salads in an family-friendly casual atmosphere. (It’s great for breakfast, too).
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