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The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey is thrilled to be hosting the 19th annual Harvest Fest

Posted at 5:46 AM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 20:02:57-04

CANON CITY — A big, local tradition returns this weekend to Canon City. From wine tasting to good music, there’s something for everyone at the annual Harvest Fest. The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City is thrilled to be back this year and hosting the 19th annual Harvest Fest.

This popular local event had to sit out last year due to the pandemic. So, to make up for lost time, those at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey are making sure that this year’s Harvest Fest is filled with fun for the entire family to enjoy. The event starts on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a traditional Blessing of the Harvest. Fr. Jesse Perez, of St. Michaels’ Catholic Church will be offering the blessing.

Several local bands will be playing throughout the week, including Deja Bluz and Inman Brothers Band. The weekend will also be filled with food, chile roasting, local art, and several vendors.

Date and Time:
Saturday, September 25th, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, September 26th, 10 am - 5 pm

Admission: FREE, $10 wine tasting
Sample 4 wines with one tasting, and keep you souvenir wine glass

Unique Colorado wine

Jeff Stultz, the winemaker at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey explains that "Colorado wine is unique. In Palisade, it's those really warm days and cool summer nights that help develop the acids in the fruit."

Stultz aims to make 100% Colorado wine every year, but difficult growing seasons can kill a Colorado harvest. Thanks to an early freeze last fall, this year's harvest will be very small, with almost no grapes coming out of Palisade. The winery will supplement the loss of harvest by purchasing grapes from out of state.