An estimated crowd of 5,846 filled Riverbend Park in Palisade on Saturday for the annual Colorado Mountain Winefest presented by First National Bank of the Rockies, setting a new 22-year attendance high.
The number represents a total more than twice the town of Palisade’s population of 2,700.
“This festival takes over Palisade and the Grand Valley, putting our unique culture and wine industry on display,” said Cassidee Shull, the executive director of the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology, the non-profit organization that organizes Winefest. “We love to see the tremendous support of Colorado wine from all across the state.”
The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau estimates the festival — which is the busiest tourist weekend of the year for the Grand Valley — creates between $750,000-$1 million in economic impact.
Colorado Mountain Winefest by the numbers:
5,846: Total Winefest attendance
38: States Winefest guests travelled from
47: Wineries in the park
23: Wineries that took the Colorado Appellation Pledge (only bringing Colorado-grown wines to Winefest)
423: Different wines served
800: Cyclists in the annual Tour de Vineyards bike ride
23: Buses used to shuttle guests
600: Pounds of Talbott Farms grapes needed for the annual grape stomp
The 23rd annual Colorado Mountain Winefest weekend is Sept. 18-21, 2014. Colorado Wine Week will take over Denver June 1-7, 2014, capped by the fourth annual Colorado Urban Winefest on June 7 at Infinity Park in Glendale.
Learn more at www.ColoradoWinefest.com.
The Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE) is a member-based association that exists to encourage and support enology and viticulture in Colorado. CAVE promotes the interests of Colorado grape growers and wineries in legislative and political matters, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and disseminates current information pertaining to optimum winemaking and agriculture practices for vineyards in the area. CAVE seeks to establish contacts and relationships with other associations, both regional and statewide, to further development and growth of the industry.