Idaho is not just beautiful greenery, diverse wildlife, and outdoor recreational sports. The state also boasts many wineries for you to come and taste the incredible wines made locally in Idaho. If you are a wine connoisseur and have chosen to move to Idaho, you’re in for a delightful surprise. There are a vast array of wineries at your disposal, for tasting, buying, enjoying, and then coming back and again and again for your favorite bottles to share with friends. Below are listed just a few you should be sure to visit and enjoy.
First, stop by the 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards for an unexpectedly rewarding experience. Part of the newly formed Snake River Valley American Viticulture Area, 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards brings together a unique blend of soil, climate and care to produce fruit of exceptional quality. The 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards employ organic growing methods in order to obtain the strongest and richest grapes possible, with the fewest detrimental effects on the environment. As a result, the grapes have more varied character and intense flavors, from which the wines certainly benefit. The Winery received its organic certification in July 2008. Come visit the Tasting Room, stroll in the vineyards and picnic in the shade here at the Ranch.
Cold Springs Valley Winery, located in Hammet, Idaho, is also an incredible find. Cold Springs Winery produces many varieties of internationally acclaimed wines, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Located in the Snake River canyon, which is part of the high mountain desert of Idaho, the wines enjoy strong spirited nuances influenced by the basalt lava flows underneath the area. Vibrant flavors of currant and spice abound in the reds, and a crisp hint of sage creates a pleasant surprise in the whites. Each wine produced by Cold Springs Winery offers a unique addition to any table.
Fraser Vineyard offers scrumptious local wines produced on-site as well. Bill and Bev Fraser planted their vineyard in the spring of 2003. The Canyon County site, in the new Snake River Valley Appellation, was selected for its steep south facing slope, 2,700 foot elevation and abundant Idaho sunshine. The vineyard is comprised of three Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. The owners of the Vineyard utilize a drip irrigation and a vertical shoot positioning (VSP) trellis system. The wines are fermented in small open topped fomenters and aged in new American and French oak barrels. Neighbors and friends gather every fall to participate in the "crush," when the fruit is harvested and the winemaking process begins. Bring your friends out to experience the Vineyard and meet new friends while discovering delicious new wines to enjoy for years to come.Kevin Hughes