Idaho: Wine’s New Frontier
Idaho first started wine production in the 1860s in the northern part of the state. After prohibition, which halted commercial production, the industry was slow to return. Today, its first AVA, the Snake River Valley, has roughly 50 wineries and is home to a versatile and award-winning wine-growing region.
WINE'S NEW FRONTIER
- Perfect growing conditions – The unique combination of geography climate and sons found in Idaho's vineyards produce grapes with outstanding varietal character.
- Room to grow – With tens of thousands of viable vineyard acres, Idaho is what Washington was 20 years ago: emerging. Located southeast of Washington's famed Walla Walla Valley AVA, Idaho's potential for growth is soaring where other states are facing grape shortages.
- New, outstanding press – Idaho wines have already garnered national acclaim in the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Sunset Magazine, and Wine & Spirits.
- Riesling and so much more – With its 3,000-foot elevation, long growing season and diurnal shift, Riesling is rampant in Idaho.
ABOUT IDAHO WINE COUNTRY
- History – The first vineyards in the Pacific Northwest were planted in 1864 in the Clearwater Valley in Northern Idaho.
- Unique Terroir – Ancient volcanic sediment has bestowed rich, fertile, well-draining soil.
- Climate – Very similar to Washington's Columbia Valley. Cold winters and long, warm summer dam allow for an ideal growing season, producing grapes with structure and balance.
- Four Distinctive Seasons – Vinifera grapes thrive in this distinct four-season climate. The characteristic cold winters, which might first seem a disadvantage, are in fact quite conducive, allowing vines to go dormant, to rust and conserve important carbohydrates for the coming season, all the while, ridding plants of bugs and discouraging disease. In addition, the region's summer combination of cold nights and warm days help balance the grape acids and sugar levels favorably.
SNAKE RIVER VALLEY
- Idaho's first designated AVA
- Established as an AVA in 1997
- Leading varietals: Riesling, Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Malbec, Viognier
- Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Snake River
IDAHO STATE WINE FACTS
- Total number of wineries: 49 and growing
- Total number of AVAs: 1
- Total planted acres: 1,600+
- Precept owned Vineyards: Sawtooth & Skyline
- Vineyards – 470 Acres