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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

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  • Vigna dei Parma

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

  • TimberRock Winery

    At TimberRock, we believe optimizing vineyard quality is the single most important factor in achi...

  • 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...

  • Thousand Springs Winery

    Our Vines and Wines…Nestled within the scenic Thousand Springs located in the Hagerman Valley, ...

  • Woodriver Cellars

    Woodriver Cellars is one of Idaho's fastest growing wineries. Named after its Woodriver Vineyard ...

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