Eagle Foothills

Explore Idaho’s smallest wine region, Eagle Foothills, and how its unique terroir sets it apart from the Snake River Valley.

The Eagle Foothills AVA is a sub-region within the much larger Snake River Valley AVA and, thanks to its cool climate and high elevation, is perfectly suited for grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Riesling.

Established in 2015, this budding region, with 67 acres already planted and plans for expansion, mirrors the broader area's climate but introduces unique elements like higher precipitation and slightly longer growing seasons.

Vines in Eagle Foothills AVA (source: Idaho Wine Commission).

Geography and Climate

The Eagle Foothills, resting along the north bank of ancient Lake Idaho, benefits from a unique microclimate and geography. With elevations spanning from 2500 - 3500 feet (760-1060m), the area enjoys south-facing slopes that capture abundant sunlight while evening shades contribute to cooler temperatures.

Soil composition here diverges slightly from the broader Snake River Valley, consisting predominantly of granite and volcanic remnants. This specific makeup, alongside the consistent water supply from the nearby Snake River aquifer, lays the groundwork for wines with profound mineral undertones and structured tannins.

Quick Facts:
  • Major Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot
  • Vineyard acres: 67 acres (27 hectares), with plans for 500 acres
  • Established: 2015
  • Elevation: 2,500 to 3,500 feet (760 to 1060m)
  • Rainfall: 10–18 inches (250–457mm)
  • There are 4 wineries.
Selected Eagle Foothills Wineries