Colorado Vineyard & Winery with Custom Country Home For Sale in Hotchkiss, CO
Evening Grace Estate winery has 36 acres, custom home, vineyard, excellent water rights, multiple homesites
A country estate awaits the discerning buyer at the Evening Grace Estate near Hotchkiss, Colorado. Situated on a mesa overlooking the North Fork of the Gunnison River and the North Fork Valley, the estate is a gem of spectacular beauty in a gorgeous valley—the jewel in the crown. The 36-acre property has a wide array of assets that add great value to an already beautiful property. In addition to the 4,200-square-foot custom home, it has a boutique winery, wine tasting room, 2-acre vineyard, animal paddocks, hayfield, gorgeous free-flowing irrigation ditch, spring water, fruit trees, storage outbuildings, detached 2-car garage, pumphouse, bountiful domestic water supply, and several excellent homesites. The views from this property are simply tremendous.
Colorado winery has beautiful terroir and bountiful irrigation water
The Evening Grace Winery is a small boutique winery with a beautiful 2-acre vineyard perched above the beautiful North Fork Valley in Colorado. The North Fork is known as a hotspot for organic agriculture, with farmers growing such diverse crops as garlic, melons, peaches, apples, goat milk and cheese, beef, grass-alfalfa hay, hemp, honey, apricots, cherries, and of course, wine grapes. The terroir of the North Fork is conducive to several varieties of Zone 6 grapes. The Evening Grace Estate has a great solar aspect, a warm climate, and abundant water rights, making it ideal for wine grapes. With a total of about 10 irrigated acres, there is additional acreage that could be easily converted to grow more grapes. The Farmer’s Ditch provides water to the property and is known as one of the most senior water rights in the entire valley. In addition, the property has several sources of domestic water, including rights to two different springs and a strong producing domestic well.
Diverse estate with many income-producing possibilities—B&B retreat, winery, campsites, wedding venue
The Evening Grace Estate is a property that has very interesting possibilities as an income producer. The winery and tasting room could certainly be expanded for a higher volume of bottling and sales. However, the multiple sources of domestic water make it possible to turn the property into a camping resort or B&B inn. The biggest problem with any resort or B&B plan is providing domestic water, and this property has ample sources. There are several excellent locations for cabins, casitas, a wedding tent, and campsites, in addition to the tasting room and winery building. Access is very easy off of Highway 92, yet the highway is not visible from the property. Delta County planning regulations favor this type of development. Hotchkiss, with a grocery store, several banks, K-12 schools, restaurants, etc., is only two miles away.
Multiple homesites on this Colorado winery and vineyard property for sale
For the family or group looking for room to expand, this is a property that is well suited for a family compound or group retreat. The main house is very spacious and comfortable with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, a beautifully remodeled sunny kitchen, and lots of deck space to enjoy the stunning views of the North Fork Valley and the West Elks mountain range. However, there are multiple homesites for expansion on this property. On the west side of the property is a small meadow surrounded by cottonwood trees that would make a beautiful homesite. It is completely out of view from the main estate. On “the point” overlooking the valley are several other great homesites, or a great spot to build some RV sites and casitas, and there is a power line and water line already extended to that spot. Then there is additional acreage on the hillside above the main home that would also be a nice spot for more homes.
Wildlife and recreation in Colorado’s North Fork Valley make for a great lifestyle
The North Fork Valley has a beautiful year-round climate, known for mild winters, beautiful autumn, a long summer, and a gorgeous springtime. Wildlife is plentiful, with mule deer living on this property year-round and elk visiting in the winter. Many other species of wildlife call this valley home, from bald eagles in the winter to fox, coyotes, bear, herons, waterfowl, and many species of raptor. Hunting is excellent in several different game units near the property. Summer recreation includes fly-fishing and rafting on the nearby gold medal waters of the Gunnison River; hiking, four-wheeling, and horseback riding; mountain biking; and enjoying a wine tasting at any of the several vineyards and wineries in the North Fork. Winter recreation includes world-class snowmobiling on the Grand Mesa just north of the property, where 500 square miles of National Forest lands offer hundreds of miles of trails and 300 lakes and reservoirs for fishing and boating. Aspen, Crested Butte, and Telluride are all about 2 hours distant for some of the world’s best skiing.