My visit to Fox Fire Farms took me from the hustle and bustle of metro Denver to the peacefulness of the country. Fox Fire Farms winery sits on over 1000 acres of farmland near Ignacio, about 30 minutes southeast of Durango. The farm has been in the Parry family since 1913. For most of those years sheep has been the prime business….and if you look closely at their label you will see a sheep logo.
Richard Parry and his family are ranchers, viticulturalists (grow grapes), winemakers and event planners. Their new tasting room sits a top a little hill where you can look out over the Parry farm. You can enjoy the view on their patio or taste wine inside their beautifully decorated tasting room. They charge $5 per person for tasting.
Fox Fire Farms has two different “brands”….one where the grapes come from California and then are produced and bottled on-site and the other is their Riesling and Fox Fire Red where the Parrys use their own grapes to produce the wine. My favorites were their Merlot and Pinot Noir.
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My new book – Exploring Colorado Wineries – Guidebook & Journal – was launched at the sixth annual Durango Wine Experience. The 3-day event took place May 3-5 (so put this on your calendar to attend in 2013). The two most popular events are the Walk-About on Friday afternoon, which consists of taking your special Durango Wine Experience glass, walking around and tasting delicious wines, beers and spirits at numerous locations in downtown Durango. The Grand Tasting is the culmination of the 3-day event. Positioned under a huge festival tent in the First National Bank parking lot were 50 vendors and 12 restaurant tables. Samplings of wine, beer and spirits as well as food was offered for one price.
Four out of the five Four Corners Region wineries were pouring their wine – Four Leaves Winery, Fox Fire Farms, Guy Drew Vineyards and Sutcliffe Vineyards. The other vendor tables consisted of distributors who represented “beverages” from all over the world. Many of the local Durango restaurants were on hand to offer some of their delicious fare.
The Durango Wine Experience was a huge success again this year, and provided net proceeds to United Way of Southwest Colorado.
Mark your calendars for the first weekend of May, 2013 as the seventh annual Durango Wine Experience will take place. If you haven’t been to Durango in a while, its a great area to visit and experience its world-class biking trails and blue ribbon water, take a ride on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge train or step back in time at Mesa Verde National Park.
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