Wine Lover’s Guide To Telluride

Known for world-class skiing and pristine alpine views, Telluride also offers a booming culinary scene, with renowned chefs crafting one-of-a-kind mountain cuisine and skilled sommeliers finding the perfect wines to match.

And, while Colorado as a whole is well known for the craft beer scene, Telluride balances the grain with grape. The wine scene in Telluride is expansive, ranging from high-end eateries with in-house sommelier teams to hole-in-the-wall local favorites with great happy hour deals.

No matter your price point or varietal preference, there’s a spot in town for professional palates and vino enthusiasts alike!

Enjoy our Wine’s Lover’s Guide to Telluride and pencil in a few of our favorite spots onto your vacation itinerary.

Enjoy A Glass At These Top Telluride Wine Bars

Looking to sip in style? These Telluride restaurants feature award-winning wine lists and in-house experts to help you find the perfect palate pleasing accompaniment.

Alpino Vino

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12100 Camels’ Garden Rd, Colorado 81320 | (970) 728-7560

Hours: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Daily in Winter

Not just fun to say, Alpino Vino is also known for being the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in the nation. Sitting at almost 12,000 feet high, this charming European-inspired eaters features Italian alpine cuisine and a fantastic worldly wine list to match. Open for lunch and dinner during the winter season (no summer service), Alpino Vino offers an a la carte lunch menu and a set five-course dinner menu with an optional wine pairing (you’ll want to splurge for the pairing—trust us). The cozy, rustic atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a beautiful glass of wine on top of the world.

Cosmopolitan

 

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301 Gus’s Way, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-1292

Hours: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Daily

Located inside the posh Hotel Columbia, Cosmopolitan truly lives up to its name, with a modern, chic atmosphere and contemporary cuisine to match. Embracing a modern approach to wine, the bar features a variety of rotating wines on tap, which makes high-end wines easily available by the glass. The expansive wine list offers an impressive variety of wines by the glass in addition to full and half-bottles. You’ll have well over a hundred wines to select from across the globe—but don’t be intimidated. The house sommelier is happy to assist if you need help picking the perfect pairing. The Cosmopolitan has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for nine consecutive years, making it Telluride’s top spot for worldly wine enthusiasts.

Rustico Ristorante

 

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114 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-4046

Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Daily

Great wines aren’t limited to Telluride’s high-end dining scene. Rustico Ristorante is the perfect example of a casual, come-as-you-are restaurant that features beautifully crafted, authentic Italian eats and a generous Italian wine selection to match. Rustico Ristorante goes above and beyond to train their staff on everything from the specific methods of vinification to the subtle nuances that different varietals and regions produce—so rest assured that you are in great hands. The cellar at Rustico hands down offers the best selection of Italian wines in Telluride.

Allred’s

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San Sophia Gondola Station, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-7474

Hours: Dinner 5:30 – 9 p.m. | Bar Opens at 5 p.m., Daily

Like your vino with a view? Ride the free gondola to San Sophia station at the top of the mountain and enjoy fine wine along with breathtaking valley views. Grab a seat at the bar or indulge in a full-blown meal in the dining room and watch the sun set over the valley. The sommelier staff will guide you to the best wine selection for your taste and your meal. Allred’s was awarded Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator in 2018 and is a top-notch wine experience in a high-end mountain setting. When you can’t get to Alpino Vino or Bon Vivant in summer, this is your quintessential mountain wine lover’s experience.

Bon Vivant

 

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Loosely translated, “Bon Vivant” refers to “a person who enjoys a social and luxurious life.” If that describes you, Bon Vivant is calling your name! Featuring a French-focused menu and sweeping views of Palmyra and the Wilson Range, Bon Vivant enjoys a rich reputation as Telluride’s premier on-mountain dining venue. The menu, designed by “Telluride Top Chef” Jared Campbell, is a mixture of classical French country cuisine and his own contemporary creations. The all-French wine list is not to be overlooked and the friendly and knowledgeable service staff actively work to enrich your experience.

221 South Oak

 

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221 S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-9507

Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Owned and operated by Top Chef contestant Eliza Gavin (really—she was on season 10!), 221 South Oak offers elevated alpine cuisine in an upscale atmosphere. The menu uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to highlight the unique flavors of Telluride, and the in-house sommelier sources creative and flavorful wines to match the unique menu items. In addition to stellar dining, 221 South Oak offers cooking and wine pairing classes throughout the year—a ‘must do’ event if you can snag a spot in a class!

Get Great Happy Hour Wine Deals At These Restaurants

Great wine isn’t limited to white tablecloth restaurants. Check out these top spots in Telluride to enjoy happy hour wine deals!

Liberty Bar in downtown Telluride is a hidden gem for wine lovers! This eclectic spot features affordable snacks and a generous happy hour from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — enjoy 50% off all wines by the glass or bottle!

While pizza and beer are a classic combo, pizza and wine is a close second. High Pie Pizzeria is the place to go if you’re craving just that! They offer $8 glasses of wine (cabernet, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc or chardonnay) for happy hour from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Smuggler’s Brewpub is a great happy hour spot to hit if you’re looking for a great combo deal. From 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. you can enjoy a glass of wine and a pasta dinner for only $15.

Altezza at the Peaks offers a similar deal from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. where you can choose a glass of wine and an entree for $14.

Featuring an eclectic variety of tasty tapas, The Village Table offers discounted snacks and wines by the glass for happy hour from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Though the happy hour here is short, it’s a great place to snag a few bites to eat while you sip and savor.

*These happy hour and other offers are subject to change and sometimes season dependent, please call the restaurant/bar to confirm! *

Grab A Bottle To Go At These Telluride Wine Shops

While wining and dining is great, sometimes you can’t beat enjoying a great glass of wine in your pajamas in front of a roaring fire. If that plan sounds more your speed, snag a bottle or two at these local shops.

Telluride Liquor & Wine Shop

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123 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-3380

Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Daily

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Telluride, this local wine and liquor shop offers a variety of wine, beer, and spirits.

Wine Mine

 

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220 S Davis St, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-9463

Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Daily

Find unique, small batch wines and fast, friendly service at this boutique wine store. Wine Mine carries an impressive array of wines from across the globe at great prices.

Telluride Bottle Works

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129 W San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO 81435 | (970) 728-5553

Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Daily

With over 1,500 labels, Telluride Bottle Works offers the region’s most impressive cellar collection. And, Bottle Works offers a convenient delivery service to help you stock your vacation rental.


Are you ready to sip and savor your way through Telluride?

Explore our expansive selection of Telluride vacation rentals and visit our official Telluride blog to stay up to date on the area’s latest attractions, events (including our local food/wine festivals: Telluride Reserve and Telluride Wine Festival), and more!