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More often associated with potatoes than grapes, Idaho has a long history of viticulture. In fact, the first vineyards in the Pacific Northwest were planted here in the 1870s. By the turn of the century, Idaho was known nationally as a producer of fine wines. After Prohibition destroyed viticulture in America, grapes were commercially reintroduced to Idaho in the 1970s, mostly in the Snake River Valley where the latitude is on a par with the South of France. Idaho has cold winters, but a moderate growing season, with a combination of cold nights and warm days. Also, the Snake River area has an extended fall that enables the grapes to mature fully.

Grape varieties planted in Idaho range from Riesling, Lemberger and Pinot Noir, to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel - all in just over 2000 acres of vines. Idaho has the potential to be a viticultural star. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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Varietals Produced in Idaho View all

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in Idaho View all

  • Sawtooth Winery

    Sawtooth Winery produces several Vinifera wine varietals, including 100% barrel fermented Chardon...

  • Cold Springs Winery

    Cold Springs Winery co-owners, Bill and Bing Ringert, continue to strive for a tradition of risin...

  • Hells Canyon Vineyard

    Hells Canyon vineyards were planted in 1981 on the sunny slope above the banks of the Snake River...

  • Avventura Vintners

    At Avventura Vintners, we believe that great sparkling wine should be fun and free from all the f...

  • Koenig Vineyards

    Koenig Distillery and Winery combines Old Word brandy, vodka, and winemaking traditions with some...

  • Vigna dei Parma

    Planted in 1998, on what was once an apple orchard, Parma Ridge Vineyard's vines were selected fo...

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  • Ste. Chapelle Riesling Winemaker's Series Special Harvest 2010


    Dessert in a glass! Tastes like summer and the aroma of peaches and pineapple. A treat!!! Read More

    Wine review by BlingQueen

  • Ste. Chapelle Riesling Idaho Special Harvest Winemaker's Series Ste. Chapelle 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by SLKimball

  • Idaho has definitely been popping up on my radar lately, looking forward to visiting and tasting the wine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Let me add my welcome, RR.  We look forward to learning more about Idaho wines from you.  Can you fill us in on some producers who have some distribution outside the state. Also, I have to say that the picture you attached definitely intrigued me.  So, I did some quick searches and learned quite a bit about Garrett & Co.  Pretty interesting. Read More

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  • RockinRobin, welcome to Snooth. I would be interested in hearing about some of the wines from Idaho. I, too, would want to taste wines and visit wineries from all fifty states. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Love the idea of all 50 states tasting - be sure to visit Idaho - making wines since the mid-1800's but Prohibition really set us back - now in a fast growing resurgence. Read More

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  • Sawtooth Riesling Late Harvest Snake River Valley Idaho 2010


    This was a welcome surprise -- it almost didn't seem fair to call it "wine" as you wouldn't really expect it to taste so sweet. Without going too heavy on specifics, I'd say it's definitely something you would want a newcomer of wine to taste. It may not impress the "experts" but it's a great tasting wine nonetheless. Would definitely recommend ... Read More

    Wine review by Andre Burrell

  • Ste Chapelle Soft Huckleberry Chateau Series NV


    Great wine at a great event Read More

    Wine review by Rich Tomko

  • Sawtooth Riesling Late Harvest Snake River Valley Idaho 2010


    A bit earthy and compressed on the nose, with early hints of quince followed by lime pith and almost blueberry aromas. This is sweet, yet fairly light weight, with enough acidity to keep things in balance but not enough to keep the sweet/tart thing going. Like the nose, the palate reminds me a bit of blueberries, with sweet Asian pear and honeye... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Sawtooth Skyline Red Snake River Valley 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by jd98

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