Idaho is growing a lot more than potatoes. With three official American Viticultural Areas (AVA), 55 wineries and over 1,600 acres of grapes planted, Idaho’s growth in the world of fine wines is booming…making it a must visit wine destination in the United States.
Nearly 30 of the 55 wineries in Idaho are within 35 miles from Boise, which is centrally located within the Snake River Valley AVA. Your next business trip to the state’s capital can easily be extended to a weekend wine getaway! Here’s a short guide and things to see, where to stay and sip as well as things to do beyond the vines in Boise.
About Idaho Wines
The first grape-bearing vines in Idaho were planted in the 1860’s. Two Frenchmen, Louis Desol and Robert Schleicher and one German, Jacob Schaefer were winning awards around the country before Prohibition killed the State’s industry in 1916 and brought production to an absolute halt. Prohibition was repealed in 1933, but it wasn’t until 1976 the industry returned to Idaho with the opening of its first winery, Ste. Chapelle Winery.
Idaho Wine Resources
- Want to do a guided wine tour in Idaho? Idaho Wine Tours and Winery Seekers are popular. You may also consider tapping an Uber driver for the day.
- Maps of the different Idaho wine regions
- Map of the wineries in the Snake River Valley AVA and Eagle Foothills
- Idaho Wine Country Calendar of Events
- Idaho Wine Commission
Wine Trails in Idaho’s Snake River Valley AVA
The most well-known wine trail in the Snake River Valley is the Sunny Slope Wine Trail, however, it’s not the only one. Ok, actually it is the only “officially marketed” wine trail but there are other “wine districts” you should check out.
Interviews with winemakers who are shaping the Idaho wine regions. See all the interviews from winemakers around the world.
Beyond the Vines: Things to see and do besides sipping wine, if you want too…
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