Idaho is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in America west of the Mississippi River. Long, warm days, cool, crisp nights, high elevations and volcanic, loam-covered soils make this region one of a kind.
Perfect growing conditions – The unique combination of geography, climate and soils found in Idaho’s vineyards produce grapes with outstanding varietal character.
Room to grow – With tens of thousands of potential vineyard acreage, Idaho is what Washington was 20 years ago: emerging. Located southeast of Washington’s famed Walla Walla Valley AVA, Idaho’s potential for growth is soaring where other states are facing grape shortages.
New, outstanding press – Idaho wines have already garnered national acclaim in the Wine Enthusiast, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Sunset Magazine, Wine & Spirits, and Wine Spectator.
Riesling and so much more – With its 3,000-foot-plus elevation, long growing season and dramatic diurnal shift, Idaho excels at Riesling, Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot and much more.
Incredible value – Most Idaho-produced wine sells from $15-25, yet the resulting high acclaim coming from the Snake River Valley competes on quality with pricier, non-Idaho wine.
- Snake River Valley overlays the ancient Lake Idaho bed, which creates its natural boundaries.
- The result is a distinctive grape growing region whose ancient flood and volcanic sediment have bestowed fertile, well-draining soils that give growers better control throughout the grape growing process.
- This soil contributes to a unique terroir and in the hands of our talented winemakers, consistently delivers wines that reflect and capture the essence of the Snake River Valley.
SNAKE RIVER VALLEY AVA
“The Snake River Valley AVA is already a magical place, with panoramic views, diverse agriculture and award winning, food-friendly wines that deserve a place at any wine lover’s table.”
- Wine Enthusiast’s Ben Weinberg
What makes this AVA Unique?
- The Snake River flows into the Columbia Valley, creating a similar insulating “river effect” to that of Washington State.
- Vineyard elevations reaching nearly 3,000 ft above sea level – Some of the highest in the US.
- Encompasses more than 8,000 square miles in Southwestern Idaho within 1 degree latitude of both Bordeaux and Alsace.
- Moderate climate with limited precipitation.
- The only AVA in Idaho – Established in 2007.
- Ancient lake beds formed 4 million years ago.