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Welcome to Idaho Wine Country! Idaho is home to a fast growing wine industry and award-winning wines. Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Snake River, Idaho wine regions nurture the grapes with a moderate climate, limited precipitation, and a consisten growing season that adds complexity to the grapes. Idaho is knowon for growing and producing vinifera varieties such as Syrah and Viognier and classic varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Riesling.

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  • Welcome to Idaho wine country!Known for its breathtaking wilderness and, perhaps more famously, for its potatoes, Idaho is also home to a fast growing wine industry and award-winning wines. Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Snake River, Idaho wine regions nurture the grapes with a moderate climate, limited precipitation, and a consistent growing season that add complexity to the grapes. Idaho is know for growing and producing vinifera varieties such as Syrah and Viognier and classic varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Riesling.

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  • Snake River ValleyApproved in April 2007, the Snake River Valley was Idahos first designated American Viticultural Area (AVA). The AVA is located in Southwestern Idaho and features the largest density of vineyards and winteries in the state. The area encompasses more than 8,000 square miles at latitudes comparable to many famouswine regions around the world (43-46). Formed more than four million years ago, the Snake River Valley overlays the ancient Lake Idaho bed, which creates its natural boundaries. The result is a distinnctive grape growing region whose ancient volcanic sediment have bestowed fertile, well-draining soils that give growers better control throughout the

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    American Viticultural Areagrape-growing process. More imporantly, this soil contributes to a unique terroir that - in the hands of talented winemakers - consistently delivers premium wines that are as memorable as they are delicious.

    The first vineyards in the PacificNorthwest were planted in 1864in the Clearwater Valley, butindustry growth was abolishedin 1916 under State Prohibition.

    It wasnt until 1970 that wine grapes were again planted in Idaho, along the Snake River Valley, and Idaho wines began to emerge.

    The Idaho wine industry boasts nearly 1,600 acres of vinifera grapes, harvesting 3,000 tons and producing 200,000 cases in 2010.

    Idahos cold winters and long, warm summer days, allow for an ideal growing season, producing grapes with good structure and balance.

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  • Idaho Wine HistoryWell we better start with the beginning. Idaho is considered, by some, part of the new frontier of wine-growing areas in the United States, however the first grapes planted in the Pacific Northwest were actually grown in Lewiston in 1864.

    John Thorngate, formerly a professor at the University of Idaho, now Applications Chemist, Research and Development, Constellation Wines U.S. says, in Idaho were the oft-forgotten other state in the Pacific Northwest. Which is rather ironic, considering that the first wineries in the Pacific Northwest were located in Idaho, and that Idaho had a nationally renowned wine industry until Prohibition, as in other regions, closed the

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    industry down. An article dated September 5, 1865 in the Idaho Statesman reported that a vineyard of Royal Muscadine cuttings had been planted early in the spring of the previous year (1864) and it had survived the winter well and was beginning to produce grapes. Robert Wing,

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  • who has a vineyard in Lewiston, ID, researched and authored an article on the History of Wine in Lewiston for the Nez Perce Historical Society in 1990. Grapes were introduced into the Clearwa-ter Valley by 1872 and thanks to the pioneering efforts of two French, Louis Desol and Robert Schleicher, and one German immigrant, Jacob Schaefer, the region rapidly became known for its wines. Schleicher was most successful, taking a number of gold medals for his wines at exposi-tions in Omaha, Buffalo, St. Louis and Portland. Thorngate concludes his assessment with, I think that in a few years people could well be scrambling to find a bottle of wine produced in this other state.

    The Frenchmen and the German, planted grapes in Idaho before any were planted in Washington or Oregon. They were winning awards around the country before Prohibition took a debilitating toll on the industry and brought production to an absolute halt.

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    National prohibition, which followed state prohibition in 1916 and lasted until 1933, took its toll on the wine regions, its growers and makers, and it wasnt until 1970 that wine grapes were again planted in Idaho, this time along the Snake River Valley in the southern part of the state where most of the states wineries are located. It was in the Snake River Valley that Idahos first American Viticulture Area (AVA) was approved in April 2007. The immense size is a great advantage, allowing for tremendous growth. The approval of the AVA was a vast undertaking and has truly helped propel the industry, gaining attention around the world.

    From a purely geographical standpoint, area vintners insist, both Northern and Southern Idaho offers ideal growing conditions. Vinifera, or wine grapes, actually thrive in this distinctly four-season climate. The characteristic cold winters, which might at first seem a disadvan-tage, are in fact quite conducive, allowing vines

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    In 2002 there were 11 wineries in Idaho. Today, its home to more than 45, with 1,600 acres of grapes planted.

    The Idaho wine industry has a $73 million dollar impact according to a 2008 economic study and created nearly 625 jobs.

    Idaho wines have been discovered across the country ranking 22nd in the nation.

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