Idaho may be best known for its “Famous Potatoes.” But there is an up-and-coming industry that’s been has been quietly taking Idaho by storm.
According to the Idaho Wine Commission, Idaho is one of the fastest-growing wine regions in the United States. Idaho is quickly becoming a popular destination for winemakers and wine lovers from all over the world.
Here are a few facts about Idaho’s Wine Industry from the Idaho Wine Commission.
- There are more than 70 wineries in the state of Idaho, which is a 75% increase since 2011.
- There are 1300 acres planted
- Idaho wineries contribute over $210 million annually to Idaho’s economy.
- The first winery is Idaho’s most famous; St. Chappelle Winery, located in Caldwell, Idaho.
Idaho has been touted as “the new frontier of wineries.” Idaho’s rich volcanic soil, cold nights, hot days, and direct access to water sources provide Idaho with the critical ingredients for some of the best wines in the industry.
If you’d like to sample some of Idaho’s award-winning wines, visit these famous wineries in the Treasure Valley.
3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
3 Horse Ranch Vineyards is located in the foothills above Eagle, Idaho. Their tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday and they host various events for wine enthusiasts, such as Barrell Tasting and Lunch with the Winemaker. Reservations are recommended.
Cinder Wines is located in Garden City Idaho, just five minutes from downtown Boise. Sunset Magazine recently wrote about Cinder Wines being one of the “West’s Best Urban Wineries.” Their tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday, and reservations are recommended for groups of six or more. Light snacks are available.
Coiled Wines, located in Garden City, Idaho, makes delicious wines “from vine to wine,” all under the same roof. Wine lovers are invited to visit the tasting room Thursday through Sunday from 1-7 pm.
Potter Wines is known for its signature product, the Jalapeno Wine, which is excellent for sipping and cooking. They also offer other bold and seasonal flavors. Their tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday. They are located in Garden City.
Ste Chappelle Winery
Ste Chappelle Winery is Idaho’s first and oldest winery. It was founded in 1975 in Emmett, Idaho, but is now located in Caldwell, near the scenic Lake Lowell. They are best known for their “soft” wines, including soft red wine, soft white, and soft huckleberry. Ste Chapelle’s tasting room is open for reservations. They have wine tasting, light snacks, and gifts available.
Snake River Winery
Snake River Winery produces a diverse range of grape varietals. Their wines are available for purchase on their website.
Split Rail Winery
Split Rail Winery, located in Garden City, Idaho, is passionate about Idaho agriculture and creating Idaho-centric products. Private winery tours and tasting room are available. Limited food options include charcuterie and cheese plates. Check the website for hours and events.