Vineyard elevations range up to 3,500 feet and ate higher than any others in the Northwest. Soils are primarily volcanic-ash. Add long daylight hours and cool summer evenings characteristic of deserts, and you have the perfect conditions for grapes with purity of fruit and brilliant aromatics.
This 70-acre estate vineyard for Sawtooth is a warm, sloped vineyard with excellent drainage of Seism silt loam. With south, west, north and east facing slopes, the micro-climates differ greatly at the site, allowing for a wide selection of varietals to be planted. This site, at about 2,700 feet elevation is well suited for Bordeaux varietals, rather than the traditional 'cooler" sites in Idaho. Other varietal, include Roussanne, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, and Syrah. The award-winning reds and Chardonnay originate from this vineyard.
The largest vineyard in Idaho, the 400-acre, Skyline vineyard supplies Sawtooth Winery and Idaho's boutique wineries. Set at 2,500 feet, its many micro-climates differ greatly at the site, allowing for a wide selection of varietal, to be planted, from aromatic whites to Spanish reds. Sawtooth's award-winning Riesling comes from Skyline Vineyard.
The south and west facing slopes are the warmer areas of the vineyard, better suited for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The cast and north facing slopes arc cooler and suited to Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.