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A Guide to the Burgeoning World of Idaho Wine

May 18, 2020

Well, there’s much more to the Gem State, including a burgeoning wine scene focused just outside of Boise but stretching as far as Twin Falls. In and around Nampa, near the Oregon border, there’s a budding community of winemakers sourcing fruit from sprawling growing areas like the Snake River AVA. It’s a fun time for consumers, as Idaho vintners are still figuring out what works best — which grapes match the climate, which styles match the terroir, and which blends best reflect the unique landscape.


Buhl wine making a name for itself on the regional stage

The Holesinsky Winery in Buhl won two double golds at this year’s SavorNW awards, the biggest competition for Oregon, Washington and Idaho wineries. Double gold is the highest honor a wine can receive at the competition, short of receiving both double gold and best in class. Looking at the past winners on the SavorNW website, it appears that the Holesinsky Winery is the first in Idaho to win two double golds in one year.


Vineyards get early start in SW Idaho

March 18, 2020

Crews have been pruning grapevines this week at Williamson Orchards & Vineyards west of Caldwell, Idaho.

“It focuses the growth into the wood making the best fruit,” co-owner Mike Williamson said March 9. This detail pruning also can make future canopy and harvest management easier, and reduce susceptibility to mildew and disease.


The Spokesman-Review – Idaho holds its own in winemaking Pacific Northwest

January 16, 2020

It may be difficult to notice in the shadow of its Pacific Northwest peers, but the Idaho wine industry is quietly growing both in acreage and acclaim, according to a new report.

While still dwarfed by its neighbors in Washington and Oregon – the second- and third-biggest wine producing states in the U.S. – the Idaho Wine Commission said a recent economic impact study shows Idaho is steadily gaining a reputation as a producer of award-winning wines and as a destination for wine tourism.


AFAR’s Idaho Travel Guide – In Idaho, Women Winemakers Reign Supreme

Until recently, Idaho was known for its potatoes. But as oenophiles flock to the state’s volcanic valleys, word is getting out—Idaho is actually a wine lover’s dream. It’s also a haven for women winemakers. 

With cold winters and hot, dry summers, Idaho’s Lewis Clark Valley, Snake River Valley, and Eagle Foothills have similar climates to the great wine-growing regions of the world. In the past ten years, they’ve all seen exponential growth as American Viticultural Areas, with 60 vineyards now operating across the three regions. 

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