Peony Lane Vineyards
WEST ELKS AVA
MADE IN COLORADO
WELCOME TO The west ELKS
Sheltered between the ragged alpine peaks of The Rockies and barren red-rock landscapes that stretch deep into Utah, the Peony Lane Vineyard grows at the edge of possibility.
The West Elks American Viticultural Area (AVA) is not only the highest elevation AVA in the country, but is also the only region in Colorado to successfully cultivate Pinot Noir. Capturing the fruitful and delicate balance between these climatic extremes provides the unique character to our wines.
FINDING PEONY LANE
There must be something in the water. As a farmer, the North Fork of the Gunnison river is a lifeline and the greatest source of water that connects our agriculture community. Yet, there is something more than that.
It could be the freshness granted to first-users of the alpine snowmelt, the peacefulness found along its banks, or gratitude for the bounty it provides.
Whatever it may be, it has bound together those who have the grit to settle and support themselves in our valley.
For the Justman family, this valley represents the fruition of my father’s life dream. Inspired by fleeting experiences on his grandparents’ peach farm and after searching all over the country for the right place, he was pulled to Paonia and the North Fork Valley. In 2004, he planted the first plot of Pinot Noir on our farm.
Just as my father had ended his lifelong search, his antique dump truck sputtered to its final stop alongside the rows of vines; a fitting place to spend the rest of its days. We feature this truck on our logo to pay homage to how lucky we feel for having been pulled to Peony Lane and to have set roots in such a perfect place.
WINE IN ITS PUREST FORM
As winemakers, our belief is simple: growing in an environment that produces the highest quality fruit results in the highest quality wine. Our grapes are some of those grown closest to the sun. With a deep connection to the water table, we farm without irrigation and embrace natural and sustainable growing practices without pesticides or herbicides. We humbly accept our role as stewards and look to produce wine that fully expresses the natural complexity of our world.
It is just you and the grapes, skin to skin
No Herbicides or Pesticides
Living on the Vineyard means caring about what we do to our land. Harmful chemicals will never have a place on Peony Lane
We provide a wine that speaks to its incredible place of origin. Peony Lane wines are free of Flavor additives, fining agents or any other unnatural additions
Healthy farming practices allow the proliferation of "good yeasts" in our microbiome. Natural fermentation with these yeasts allows for deeper connection to the unique characteristics of Peony Lane wines