Tour Idaho’s Wine Country in Snake River Valley

Snake River Valley Wine Country, Idaho In the 1860s French and German immigrants began producing fine wines in the Snake

Snake River Valley Wine Country, Idaho

In the 1860s French and German immigrants began producing fine wines in the Snake River Valley, making Idaho nationally renowned for its award-winning wines. Unfortunately, Prohibition caused the wineries to shut down. Today 16 of Idaho’s 32 wineries are located in the Snake River Valley, which provides the perfect climate for growing wine grapes. The cold winters, high elevation, consequent temperature fluctuations, and relative lack of rainfall help produce grapes with the proper sugar and acid balance.

Snake River Valley Wine Country
At the Sawtooth Winery near Nampa, what was once pastureland now grows Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other wine grapes.

While touring Idaho’s wine country, you’ll discover wineries and vineyards ranging from small by-appointment-only cellars to larger facilities, offering year-round tours, tasting rooms, and restaurants. In their relatively short history Idaho wineries are already winning awards for their excellent Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon, in addition to their world-class Reisling.

www.idahowines.org
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Originally Published in Reader's Digest