Calling all wine lovers! Are you ready to learn about some of the best wineries of Idaho?
The title of this blog post might surprise you, ‘wine in Idaho? Seriously?’ The answer is YES!
It was only a few short months after we moved to Idaho that I was introduced to the wines of Idaho and I was blown away! From that point on I was obsessed not only with wine but more specifically Idaho’s wine.
So where are the best wineries? Currently, there are 60 wineries in the state of Idaho. I know, not even in the same ring as the neighbors to the West, but it is a vast growing industry. There are three AVAs in the state of Idaho:
Snake River Valley (the largest)
This is one of the largest producing, family-owned wineries in the state. Koenig Vineyards produces some of the best hand-crafted, award winning wines from Idaho’s Snake River Valley. I highly recommend everyone to visit their tasting room, especially on a sunny day when you can sit out on the patio and enjoy the view!
Ste. Chapelle what once was a family owned winery is now the most well-known winery in the state. This winery has such an amazing view over the valley and the rolling hills of vines! Ste Chapelle is also the oldest winery in the state, trust me totally worth the trip – if you go on the weekends try to make a reservation for your tasting so you can get the most out of your wine tasting experience
This is one of my all time favorite wineries of the Urban area…which is hard to say since there are so many amazing wineries to choose from in the Urban area. These wines are Old-World inspired and Idaho crafted. This is a wine I still dream about even while living in Spain.
I wrote a previous blog about Hells Canyon Winery, this is the oldest family winery in the state and it is one of my favorite wineries to go to sit and drink wine and sit…for me the view, wine and atmosphere of this winery has it all and now it is even solar powered!
Snuggled in the heart of Boise you will find several Urban wineries, mostly down Chinden Blvd, and if you are looking to drink some great wine with some fun and funky people then you need to visit Split Rail Winery. Split Rail is one of the only wineries in the United States that ages and blends some of their wines in concrete. Yes, you read that right concrete. One thing I love about them and their wines is how brave they are with different ways they age wines. They are always experimenting, trying new things, break tradition or just letting the wine speak to them!
Of all the wineries I’ve listed, this one is the maker of my all-time favorite Sangioveses! Williamson Family Winery was the first vineyard in Idaho to plant Sangiovese, it was a very expensive investment for this family to take and it PAID OFF! I how I am grateful that it did, I love how comfortable this winery is – you can ask all the questions about wine because they love to answer any question you might have!
By now you will have noticed a going trend of wineries I have a hard time picking is my “favorite”, in truth they all are! Each of these wineries are unique and each winery has award winning wines! Internationally awarded wines!
I hope that you have enjoyed this short tour of Idaho wines, this is a TINY slice of the amazing wines and wineries that Idaho has to offer.
Another great option for seeing and tasting your way through Idaho’s wines is booking a tour. Idaho Wine Tours is Idaho’s #1 wine tour company and trust me, this is a tour worth taking! I don’t often take tours but this one was one of the better tours I have taken.