Idaho is considered, by some, part of the new frontier of grape-growing areas in the United States. The first grapes planted in Idaho were actually grown in Lewiston in 1864. In fact, the first wineries in the Pacific Northwest were located in Idaho.
What's The Story Behind Idaho Wine?
(excerpt from idahowines.org)
From a purely geographical standpoint, area vintners insist, southern Idaho offers ideal growing conditions. The warm climate, well-drained soils and direct access to water sources provides Idaho the key ingredients for great tasting wine.
The Idaho wine industry has been a steadily growing community for the last 39 years with remarkable growth in the past decade. With 11 wineries in 2002, Idaho is now home to more than 50 wineries, with an average of 2,816 tons harvested per year. Idaho's leading varieties of wine are: Chardonnay, Reisling, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Tempranillo. This growth led to an increase in visibility, more tourism, an enhanced reputation, and has created tremendous opportunity for expansion.
The industry will continue to grow as national wine consumption increases, as well as Idaho's grape growing potential. Idaho wines have been discovered across the country ranking 22nd in the nation. The Idaho wine industry is just in its infancy and is expected to see remarkable growth in the next 15 years. It is just coming into its own, receiving a great deal of recognition, and winemakers and growers are learning as they go while making great wine along the way.
Enjoy a full Idaho wine experience by attending one of the many events offered each year across the state. To search for an event in the southwestern region, click here. Or, take a tour of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail.
To search for a winery or vineyard, click here.
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