West Elks AVA Article

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West Elks AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established2001 [1]
CountryUnited States
Part of Colorado
Climate regionContinental
Total area48,000 acres (19,425 ha) [2]
Grapes produced Riesling, Pinot noir, Chambourcin, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Franc [3]

The West Elks AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Delta County, Colorado, near the town of Paonia. The highest altitude vineyards in the northern hemisphere are planted in the West Elks AVA. Located within the Rocky Mountains of west central Colorado, vineyards in the AVA range from 5,400 to 6,400 feet (1,646 to 1,951 m) above sea level. The surrounding mountains limit access to the area. [3]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.172 West Elks." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). "American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "West Elks (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Feb. 1, 2008.