Facts & Stats
Idaho is considered, by some, part of the new frontier of wine-growing areas of the United States. However, some of the first grapes planted in the Pacific Northwest were actually grown in Lewiston in the 1860s.
Known for its breathtaking wilderness and, perhaps more famously for potatoes, Idaho is also home to a fast-growing wine industry and fantastic wines. Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Snake River, Idaho Wine Regions nurture the grapes with a moderate climate, limited precipitation, and a consistent growing season that adds complexity to the grapes.
The characteristically cold winters allow vines to grow dormant gradually while ridding the plants of bugs and discouraging disease. A combination of cold nights and hot days serves to balance acids and sugars. The limited amount of rainfall allows growers to control water through irrigation.
Idaho is known for growing and producing classic varieties including Syrah, Merlot, Riesling, and Chardonnay, along with more adventurous wines such as Tempranillo and Malbec.