In a sense, each bottle that winemakers produce represents a series of experiments. Their knowledge of chemistry is on trial. There’s an expression of artistry as well as an ability to take what the vine provides and the grower nurtures.
“This wine is very, very, very, very, very, very special,” Holesinsky Winery owner and winemaker James Holesinksy said, carefully releasing the yellow-orange ice wine into his glass.
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.
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.
Why Boise, Idaho could be the next hot spot for wine lovers
INSIDER – I went on a winery tour in Idaho’s award-winning wine region and think it could be the next Napa Valley
“We have way more grapes than potatoes on this side of the state,” Samantha Maxey of Snake River Wine Tours told me, before carting me around on a tour of five different wineries in the Snake River Wine Valley outside of Boise, Idaho.
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.
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.
The Idaho Wine Commission is launching a new resource for prospective grape growers and viticulture industry professionals to increase the future supply of Idaho Grapes.