The vintners of the North Fork Valley were making fine wines before the West Elks AVA was designated, and they've only been getting better. Their preference for local and Colorado sources for grapes, their cultivation of estate vineyards in a unique terroir, the quality of the wines they produce with vinifera grapes, often in the Bordeaux style, are all part of the West Elks tradition that Fire Mountain Vineyard is based upon. We joined this dedicated band of winemakers in 2009 and planted our vineyard in 2010.