Forget Napa Valley or the grape presses of Southern France – Idaho has something just as incredible. The Gem State has been making quite the name for itself in the last decade with an explosion of incredible vineyards and nationally acclaimed wines that are topping national lists. But Idaho also has some beautiful scenery to go with your wine of choice, featuring stunning views of some of our most expansive mountain ranges and valley panoramas.
Primarily clustered within the Snake River Valley and in Northern Idaho, Idaho’s vineyard elevations are higher than most others in the Northwest. And, because our soil is comprised primarily of volcanic materials, our state has the perfect combination of elements to make some unexpectedly complex, award-winning vino. Add to that a desert climate with long, sunny days and cool summer evenings and you have unlimited potential to produce quality wine grapes with full fruit flavors that can’t be found anywhere else. Check out these 10 lovely vineyards across the state and make plans for a summer wine-tasting tour with friends or family, or for a picture-perfect setting for memories that will last a lifetime.
These are just a sample of the scenic wine country that is flourishing in the heart of the Gem State – Idaho is home to over 50 distinctive wineries, all of which are well worth a visit! But if you’d like a little extra guidance to go with your tasting and wine education adventure, there are a number of wine tour companies, like Idaho Winery Tours and Winery Seekers, that will take you on the wine and vine road trip of your dreams.
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