Founded in 1975 in Emmett, Idaho, Ste. Chapelle is well known for producing outstanding wines from the Snake River Valley appellation. Moved to its present facility in 1978, the winery grew quickly, producing Riesling and Chardonnay as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Its popular “Soft” series continues to expand with offerings of Soft Red, Soft White, Soft Rose and Soft Huckleberry.
CRUSH CAPACITY: 3,000 tons
TOTAL PRODUCTION CAPABILITY: 150,000 cases
FERMENTATION TANKS: 60 tanks (1,000 to 27,000 gallon)
UNIQUE TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY: The winery has several large sloped bottom red fermenters, a high-speed bottling line, and other equipment to remove solids and stop fermentation as needed. We have an in-house lab to run most analyses and we confirm bottling sterility with daily cultures. Orion Wine Software allows our winemaking team to seamlessly issue and track work orders.
CONSISTENT QUALITY: Our quality control program features rigorous practices that ensure highest quality and consistency of products.
LONG-TERM PLANS: We continue to work with our growers to maximize the quality of our fruit, have the benefit of parent company ownership of one of the best vineyards in the state (Skyline)--ensuring our consistent and excellent grape supply, and we collaborate and promote Idaho wine alongside peer producers through the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission.
TEAM STRENGTHS: Led by winemaker Maurine Johnson, our tenured winemaking team is one of the most experienced and loyal in the industry.