The 22nd Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest is underway in Palisade with a packed schedule for this weekend.
Organizers estimate a record crowd of 5,500 will attend this year's event.
"We have attendees from Canada this year," said Cassidee Shull, Executive Director of the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology. "Last year it was Australia. The year before that, Germany. So we bring people in from all over."
One local wine expert says it is the small size of the vineyards here that actually distinguish the Grand Valley wineries from others across the country.
"What I really like about this place is you have small batches, meaning you can control it," said Marcelo Marino, Executive Chef at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. "When you can control things, it's probably going to come out pretty good."
For newcomers to the event and wine tasting in general, Marino says to stick with what you know.
"My best suggestion is to start to figure out the way you are and try to find the same characteristics on the label," said Marino.
Nearly 50 Colorado wineries, dozens of artisan food vendors and thousands of patrons will be on hand at Riverbend Park Saturday.
The festival offers live entertainment, unlimited wine samples and other gifts.
Numerous events are underway Friday afternoon at the Wine Country Inn, but the main event shifts to Riverbend Park on Saturday.
For a complete itinerary of events, you can check out their website by clicking here