Idaho Wine Country Guide

Discover Idaho's wine: dramatic landscapes, pioneering spirit, ancient volcanic soils, and a unique high desert climate that results in distinct, aromatic wines.

Explore Idaho

Embark on a journey through Idaho's emerging wine scene, a hidden gem in the American viticultural landscape. Encircled by the Rocky Mountains and nourished by the Snake River, Idaho has an ideal environment for a variety of grapes, such as Riesling, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, producing wines with depth and complexity.

Idaho is one of the fastest-growing wine regions in the US and the historic heart of the Northwest’s viticulture - the first vineyards were planted in 1864. Trace the footsteps of the legendary Lewis and Clark expedition and witness how the state's wine industry has blossomed since those early days.

Discover Idaho’s three American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) and learn about the wineries creating their unique terroir expressions of wine in each one. From the Snake River Valley, the Eagle Foothills, and the historic Lewis-Clark Valley, each contributes its own character to Idaho's wine mosaic.

And while you’re discovering Idaho’s wine scene, from the urban wineries of Boise to the vineyards in the valleys, don’t forget to take in all of its natural beauty. From the Shoshone Falls to Hells Canyon, Idaho has something for everyone.

Fun Facts About Idaho Wine

  • Some of the first vines planted in the Northwest were in Idaho in 1864.
  • There are over 1300 vineyard acres (525 hectares) of wine grapes.
  • Over 20 different grape varieties are planted here.
  • Snake River Valley was the first AVA, established in 2007.
  • Riesling is the most planted grape variety.
  • Merlot is the most planted red grape variety.
  • The oldest winery dates back to 1935.
  • There are 65 wineries.

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