Idaho's wine industry dates back to the 19th century, with the pioneer-era planting of the first vineyards throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today, the wine growing region has become one of the United States' top viticultural areas, home to the lovely Snake River Valley AVA, which is easily accessible from downtown Boise and home to some of the state's top wineries. Other wineries are located within the Eagle Foothills AVA, which is known for its rich volcanic ash and sandy loam soils that result in top grape-growing conditions. These luxurious winery tasting rooms throughout the state offer intimate ambiance and showcase popular regional grape varietals such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Chenin Blanc, which all thrive in the state's climate.
1.3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
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3 Horse Ranch Vineyards was originally founded in 2002 by Gary and Martha Cunningham, who began planting Bordeaux and Rhone grape varietals on the hillsides of their Sawtooth Range ranch two years prior. Today, the winery has become the state's largest family-owned wine operation, located within the burgeoning Eagle Foothills District wine region. In 2011, the winery was named as the Idaho "Winery to Watch" by Wine Press Northwest. Guests can taste award-winning wines at the company's public tasting room, including its Pinot Gris varietal, which received a gold medal from the Great Northwest Wine Competition in 2014. Tastings are offered Wednesdays through Sundays throughout the afternoon hours. Vineyard tours are also available, led by vintner Martha Cunningham and lasting approximately 120 minutes.
5900 Pearl Rd, Eagle, ID 83616, Phone: 208-863-6561
2.Camas Prairie Winery
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Camas Prairie Winery is northern Idaho's oldest winery, originally established in Bovill in 1983. The Latah County winery, which is located approximately 40 minutes from the city of Moscow, produces a wide variety of grape wines from the best imported grapes, ranging from classic dry reds and lightly-sweet whites to decadent dessert wine varietals. An impressive selection of high-quality fermented meads are also sold, including strawberry, huckleberry, blackberry, and raspberry varieties. Visitors can enjoy wine and mead tastings seven days a week at the company's public tasting room, which also offers tours of its adjacent production facility. A retail store carries locally-made products, including pantry goods. Wines are also sold at the Moscow Farmer's Market each week or in partnership with the Moscow Food Co-Op.
207 Main St, Bovill, ID 83806, Phone: 208-826-3222
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Cinder Wines has been named as one of the American West's best urban wineries by Sunset Magazine, located within the Snake River Valley American Viticultural Area in Garden City. The winery, which is helmed by vintner Melanie Krause, is named for the volcanic cinder that underlies many of the region's modern vineyards. A public tasting room is open select days throughout the week, located within easy driving distance from downtown Boise. Guests can sample the winery's high-quality red and white wines and blends, including classic Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Viognier varietals. Tours are offered with advance reservation, including large group tours and private special event tours.
107 E 44th St, Garden City, ID 83714, Phone: 208-376-4023
4.Clearwater Canyon Cellars
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Clearwater Canyon Cellars is an ultra-premium wine producer in Lewiston, owned and operated by married duo Coco and Karl Umiker. The winery, which began its production at Lewiston Orchards in 2004 in a garage side room, moved into its current farm winery production facility on the Umiker's family farm in 2016. In 2015, it was named as Idaho's winery of the year. Today, guests can taste delicious Cabernet Sauvignons, Syrahs, Carmenères, Chardonnays, and Merlots at the company's tasting room, with expert winemakers on hand to talk to all visitors. Tasting room hours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the afternoon hours or by special appointment.
3143 10th St, Lewiston, ID 83501, Phone: 208-816-4679
5.Coeur D'Alene Cellars
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Coeur D'Alene Cellars is the premiere small-batch winery of Coeur d'Alene, producing more than 3,000 ultra-premium wines each year since 2002. The family-owned winery, which is located within Idaho's acclaimed Columbia Valley wine region, produces high-quality traditional wines reflecting the region's famed terroir, including smooth and drinkable Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, and Cabernet Francs. Tasting room hours are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays during the afternoon hours, with private tasting reservations available for small groups with advance reservation. A full menu of light cafe fare is offered to accompany wine flights, including cheese boards and truffle bites. Public special events throughout the year include live music performances, wine and painting nights, and winemaking courses.
3890 N Schreiber Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815, Phone: 208-664-2336
© Coiled Wines
Coiled Wines was founded in 2008 in Idaho's Snake River Valley, located in beautiful Garden City, a short day trip drive from Boise. The winery offers two labels of wines produced from vine-to-wine in house, including the company's elegantly-blended Translations line, which takes wines produced in neighboring regions and blends and refines them into new interpretations. Delicious wines can be sampled at the company's tasting room in Garden City or its charming wine bar in downtown Boise. At the Boise wine bar, guests can also enjoy a selection of small plates, including platters of locally-produced chocolates, nuts, and olive oils. Special events hosted at both locations throughout the year include art shows, bingo nights, and winemaker's dinners.
3408 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714, Phone: 208-820-8466
© Crossings Winery
Crossings Winery was Idaho's top winery for 2017, located within charming Glenns Ferry in the beautiful Snake River Valley. The winery harvests grapes grown in the rich fertile ancient volcanic soil Idaho is known for, splitting production between its own vineyard grapes and grapes sourced from nearby Hagerman Valley and King Hill. High-quality varietals include traditional wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Grigio, paired alongside silky-smooth blends such as the company's Roundup Triumvino and Old Vine Sweet. A public tasting room offers tasting flights Mondays through Saturdays, with extended evening hours for visitors stopping in after work. Guests can also dine at the delicious Tannin's Restaurant and Tavern at Crossings, which serves up from-scratch Northwestern cuisine alongside a full draft beer list and cocktail bar.
1289 W Madison Ave, Glenns Ferry, ID 83623, Phone: 208-366-2313
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8.Fujishin Family Cellars Winery
Fujishin Family Cellars Winery is owned and operated by Martin Fujishin, sourcing grapes for wine production from some of the Snake River Valley's top growers. The winery produces a wide variety of high-quality wines through its signature Fujishin and inventive Lost West wine labels, with varietals ranging from classic Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons to well-balanced dry and sweet blends perfect for sipping and food pairing. A tasting room at Caldwell's Robison Fruit Ranch offers hours seven days a week spring through fall and select tasting hours during the winter months. Complimentary tastings let guests sample up to six wines from the winery's current release lineup, with group tastings available by appointment for groups of six or more. Reservations are strongly recommended on weekends due to high visitor volume.
15593 Sunny Slope Rd, Caldwell, ID 8360, Phone: 208-649-5389
9.HAT Ranch Winery and Vineyard
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HAT Ranch Winery and Vineyard is an award-winning winery owned and operated by Helen and Tim Harless, originally established in 2011. The Snake River Valley winery, which has received medals at the Great Northwestern Wine Competition, is a part of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail and is known for decadent classic varietals and blends, including its gold-medal-winning HAT Trick Red, which blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Tempranillo. A gorgeous tasting room showcases panoramic views of the nearby Owyhee Mountains, located just 40 minutes from downtown Boise. Tasting hours are offered daily between noon and 5:00pm, letting guests sample five wines of their choice for free. An art gallery at the tasting room also displays the works of local and regional artists working in a variety of media.
15343 Plum Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, Phone: 208-994-6416
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10.Hells Canyon Winery
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Hells Canyon Winery has been owned and operated by the Robertson family since 1981, home to Idaho's oldest grape vineyards, which are located on rich volcanic soil hillside slopes near the beautiful Snake River and Owyhee Mountains. The sustainability-focused winery produces high-quality wines from estate grapes traditionally fermented in small oak barrels, sold under the winery's Hells Canyon and Zhoo Zhoo labels. As Idaho's first fully solar-powered winery, the winery makes a great choice for environmentally-conscious wine enthusiasts looking to lessen their carbon footprint on a day trip. An outdoor wine bar serves up wine flights and appetizers on a patio space overlooking the Snake River. On colder days, the winery's cozy lounge offers fireside seating for sipping wines by the glass or by the bottle.
18835 Symms Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, Phone: 208-454-3300
11.Holesinsky Certified Organic Vineyard and Winery
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Holesinsky Certified Organic Vineyard and Winery is southern Idaho's premiere USDA-certified organic winery, originally founded in 2001 by winemaker James Holesinsky. The whimsically-branded winery, which was founded to honor the lifelong amateur winemaking dream of Holesinsky's father Frank, produces high-quality Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Muscat wines, along with several selections of fine port wines. All wines are branded under fantastical names evoking fairytales and mythology, ranging from the winery's new Unicorn Syrah Rose varietal to bottles showcasing art of Alice in Wonderland's Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum. Tasting appointments can be scheduled on a call-ahead basis at the winery's main Buhl location. Winery booths are also operated periodically at several area farmer's markets in Boise and Sun Valley.
4477 4450 N, Buhl, ID 83316, Phone: 208-731-0590
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Huston Vineyards are one of the most popular stops of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, located within the Snake River Valley AVA. The lovely Caldwell winery operates an estate vineyard utilizing the region's rich volcanic soils and intense sunlight conditions to crafted excellent grapes for showcasing in fruit-forward wine selections. All wines are handcrafted in small lots to ensure top premium quality and highlighting of the region's unique terroir. Wine offerings range from a high-quality private reserve selection to a highly-drinkable Chicken Dinner wine series that has been acclaimed by Wine Enthusiast. Guests can taste wines at the company's winery barn facility, which also sells a wide variety of farmhouse merchandise and wine accessories. Each year, the winery hosts a harvest celebration that offers grape-cutting experiences, hay wagon rides, and Idaho culinary feasts.
16473 Chicken Dinner Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, Phone: 208-455-7975
13.Indian Creek Winery
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Indian Creek Winery is one of the American Northwest's top wineries, named as the Idaho winery of the year for 2018. The delightful Kuna winery, which was opened in 1982 by married duo Mui and Bill Stowe, is now overseen by the second generation of the Stowe-McClure family. Many wines are available for sampling at the company's tasting room, including popular major label Pinot Noir, Riesling, and White Pinot varietals and small-lot Chardonnays, Moscatos, and Merlots. Wines can be sampled Thursdays through Sundays during the afternoon hours, with winery tours also offered during operating hours. The winery's lush butterfly-filled gardens may be explored as part of self-guided tours or rented for weddings and other private special events. Annual special events include a Father's Day Open House, a harvest festival, and a pet-friendly party.
1000 N McDermott Rd, Kuna, ID 83634, Phone: 208-891-7151
14.Koenig Vineyards and Tasting Room
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Koenig Vineyards and Tasting Room was originally founded in 1995, overseen by winemaker Greg Koenig today. The Snake River Valley winery, which is located within Idaho's Sunny Slope District, produces handcrafted small lots of fine wine varietals, sourcing from top vineyards within the Hells Canyon, Williamson, and Bitner microclimate districts. Varieties produced by the company include signature Idaho varietals such as Syrah and Viognier, along with well-known favorites such as Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. An elegant tasting room, opened to the public in 2016, showcases the company's wines alongside Koenig Distillery whiskey, brandy, and vodka tasting selections. Guests are welcome to bring their own food from area restaurants or pack picnic lunches to enjoy with bottles of wine on the orchards surrounding the winery.
21452 Hoskins Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, Phone: 208-459-4087
15.Lindsay Creek Vineyards
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Lindsay Creek Vineyards has been owned and operated by sibling duo Doug and Art McIntosh and their wives Brenda and Michelle since 2007. The charming winery focuses on estate Bordeaux and Rhone grape varietals, showcased within excellent traditional Tempranillos, Malbecs, Sauvignon Blancs, and Merlots. Highly-drinkable blends are also branded to reflect the character of the Pacific Northwest, specifically developed for food pairings. The company's public tasting room offers a scenic backdrop for trying samples of wines or buying selections by the glass or by the bottle. A light bar bites menu features options such as Brazilian cheese puffs, hummus plates, and locally-curated charcuterie boards.
3107 Powers Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501, Phone: 208-746-9463
16.Parma Ridge Winery
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Parma Ridge Winery is Parma's premiere winery, overseen by winemaker Storm Hodge. The winery is known for its delicious estate-grown wines and blends, sourced from grapes from both the nearby Snake River Valley and the Pacific Northwest's Yakima Valley. Excellent wine options include Viognier, Muscato Blanco, Pinot Gris, Syrah, and Riesling varietals, along with a selection of silky smooth signature blends. All wine label artwork is designed by Hodge's wife, professional artist Stephanie Hodge. A winery tasting room and bistro is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, serving up a full menu of brunch, lunch, and dinner fare. Clever gastropub fare ranges from creative burgers and flatbreads to globally-inspired entrees such as Korean-style barbecue chicken skewers.
24509 Rudd Rd, Parma, ID 83660, Phone: 208-946-5187
© Sawtooth Winery
Sawtooth Winery is a lovely estate vineyard and winery that was originally founded in 1987 on pasture lands formerly owned by Charles Pintler. The nationally-renowned winery, which has been acclaimed by Wine Enthusiast and received medals from the prestigious Idaho Wine Competition, is helmed by winemaker Meredith Smith today and is known as the Snake River Valley's most prominent wine grape grower. Tasting room visitors can sample the company's smooth, drinkable Pinot Gris, Riesling, Tempranillo, Merlot, and Syrah wines, which are also available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle. Interactive educational experiences are also offered periodically, educating visitors on key aspects of grape harvesting and winemaking.
C, 19348 Lowell Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, Phone: 208-467-1200
© Scoria Vineyards
Scoria Vineyards is helmed by one of Idaho's only female vintners, Sydney Nederend. The winery has been the culmination of a lifelong dream for Nederend, who received her first 20 acres of land to plant Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes while she was in college and began bottling amateur wines by the age of 21. Today, Scoria has become one of Idaho's hottest new wineries, located on a beautiful ridge overlooking the spectacular Owyhee Mountains in Caldwell. Red wine varietals are available for tasting at the company's public tap room, which is open Friday through Sunday afternoons. Guests can try classic Bordeaux varieties such as Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot in the winery's industrial-chic tasting room, styled to attract a new younger winery demographic.
9631, 12639 Walker Lake Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, Phone: 208-550-2472
19.Small House Winery
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Small House Winery is a lovely Sandpoint winery that was originally opened to the public in 2013 by Patrick Werry. The winery focuses on crafting high-quality affordable wines, sourcing all of its grapes from top wine-growing regions in Oregon and Washington State such as the Columbia and Willamette Valleys. The company's wines have received major national awards, including a silver medal for its signature Red Blend at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. A tasting room is open to the public on Saturday afternoons, with additional hours offered by appointment. Wine consultations are also available for couples looking to tie the knot on the winery's premises or receive catering or beverage services from the company for their big day.
1636 Baldy Park Dr, Sandpoint, ID 83864, Phone: 208-290-2016
20.Split Rail Winery
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Split Rail Winery is owned and operated in Garden City by married duo Jed Glavin and Laura Hefner-Glavin. The delightful small-lot winery strives to raise the profile of local Idaho agriculture and make the desert landscape of the American West drinkable, showcasing a variety of Idaho-centric wine varietals and products. Excellent red, white, blush, and blend wines are showcased, including four-pack dry rosé wines and clever everyday drinkable wines on the company's Howlin' Owl second label. A public tasting room is open Wednesdays through Sundays during the afternoon hours, offering complimentary tastings and wines available for purchase by the bottle or by the glass.
4338 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714, Phone: 208-490-0681
21.Ste. Chapelle Winery
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Ste. Chapelle Winery was originally founded in 1975 in Emmett, housed within its present-day facility in Caldwell since 1978. The winery, which has been helmed by Meredith Smith since 2011, has grown to become the state's leading production winery today, turning around more than 130,000 cases annually. High-quality Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah varietals are sold, along with the company's popular Soft line, which features red and white blends and huckleberry fruit wines. A tasting room borrows aesthetic influences from France's famed St. Chapelle chapel, open to the public daily. Beautiful event spaces and scenic vineyard grounds make for perfect backdrops for private special events, including weddings and receptions.
19348 Lowell Rd, Caldwell, ID 83607, Phone: 208-453-7840 ext. 7843
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Syringa Winery is one of Boise's most acclaimed wineries, originally opened to the public in 2007. The picturesque winery sources grapes from the nearby Snake River Valley AVA, which are turned into fine wine selections using traditional handcrafted winemaking techniques. As part of the Garden City region's District 44 winery cluster, the winery has received a number of major awards for its excellent red and white varietals, including selections such as Albarino, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Primitivo, and Tempranillo. Tasting room visitors can enjoy samples at the company's public facility on Saturday afternoons. Wine pouches are also sold, serving as a perfect two-bottle-equivalent way to transport wine for picnics or overnight camping excursions.
8991 S Greenhurst Rd, Kuna, ID 83634
23.Telaya Wine Co.
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Telaya Wine Co. was originally opened to the public in 2016 by winemaking married duo Carrie and Earl Sullivan. The intimate winery, which is located in Garden City along the banks of the Boise River adjacent to the Riverside Hotel, showcases a limited selection of high-quality varietals, including Syrahs, Turahs, and Merlots. A winery tasting room is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, with tables available for picnic lunches or carryout from surrounding restaurants. Outside, a beautiful seasonal patio offers an above-ground fire pit and welcomes four-legged friends. Standard tastings offer three one-ounce pre-selected pours, while tasting flights let visitors choose their wine selections. Cheese plates from Caffe Luciano's are served up alongside wines, along with offerings from food trucks parked on site throughout the summer. Public special events include summer Music on the Patio events.
6609, 240 E 32nd St, Garden City, ID 83714, Phone: 208-557-9463
24.Thousand Springs Winery
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Thousand Springs Winery is a charming Hagerman Valley winery, located within the beautiful Thousand Springs region along the banks of the Snake River. The winery grows high-quality estate grapes on its rich volcanic soil vineyard slopes, reflecting the unique terroir of the Snake River Valley AVA. Wines are bottled under the winery's Feathered Winds Wine label, including delectable Idaho blends such as the company's signature River's Edge Red and Windy White. Visitors can taste wines at the company's public tasting room facility, which is open to the public throughout the week. A delightful bed and breakfast facility at the winery is available for overnight stay, offering stunning river views and complimentary breakfast for all guests each morning.
18852 US-30, Hagerman, ID 83332, Phone: 208-352-0150
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Vizcaya Winery is a charming boutique winery in Kuna, conveniently accessible from downtown Meridian via Interstate 84. The winery, which was founded by Kay and Larry Hansen, began harvesting grapes at its Windy Ridge Estate vineyard in 2004 and has become known as one of Idaho's most award-winning wineries, receiving best of class awards from the Idaho Wine Competition. Acclaimed Tempranillo, Albarino, Malbec, and Pinot Gris wines are sold by the glass or by the bottle at the winery's public tasting room, which is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Public special events at the winery throughout the year include a summer concert series, showcasing food trucks and live music performances from regional artists.
1105, 8987 S Greenhurst Rd, Kuna, ID 83634, Phone: 208-870-8354
25 Best Idaho Wineries
- 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, Photo: Vitalina Rybakova/stock.adobe.com
- Camas Prairie Winery, Photo: Camas Prairie Winery
- Cinder Wines, Photo: Cinder Wines
- Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Photo: Clearwater Canyon Cellars
- Coeur D'Alene Cellars, Photo: Coeur D'Alene Cellars
- Coiled Wines, Photo: Coiled Wines
- Crossings Winery, Photo: Crossings Winery
- Fujishin Family Cellars Winery, Photo: jeancliclac/stock.adobe.com
- HAT Ranch Winery and Vineyard, Photo: HAT Ranch Winery and Vineyard
- Hells Canyon Winery, Photo: Igor Normann/stock.adobe.com
- Holesinsky Certified Organic Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Holesinsky Certified Organic Vineyard and Winery
- Huston Vineyards, Photo: Huston Vineyards
- Indian Creek Winery, Photo: zhu difeng/stock.adobe.com
- Koenig Vineyards and Tasting Room, Photo: Koenig Vineyards and Tasting Room
- Lindsay Creek Vineyards, Photo: Lindsay Creek Vineyards
- Parma Ridge Winery, Photo: Parma Ridge Winery
- Sawtooth Winery, Photo: Sawtooth Winery
- Scoria Vineyards, Photo: Scoria Vineyards
- Small House Winery, Photo: Small House Winery
- Split Rail Winery, Photo: Split Rail Winery
- Ste. Chapelle Winery, Photo: Ste. Chapelle Winery
- Syringa Winery, Photo: Igor Normann/stock.adobe.com
- Telaya Wine Co., Photo: Telaya Wine Co.
- Thousand Springs Winery, Photo: Thousand Springs Winery
- Vizcaya Winery, Photo: Vizcaya Winery
- Cover Photo: Lukas Gojda/stock.adobe.com