Winery Map – Idaho's Best Wineries

Oregon winery owners who produce varietals other than Pinot Noir often complain that they struggle to overcome the perception that "Oregon = Pinot Noir." Idaho winery owners would love to have their problem. Competing against a kindred member of the of the Vitis vinifera family is one thing, battling the entrenched Solanum tuberosum is another entirely.

Wine grapes were first grown in Idaho in the 1860's, but it has only been in the last few years that Idaho wineries have started to gain similar levels of recognition as seen by their 19th century predecessors. There are more than thirty five wineries in Idaho, and nearly all are located in the Snake River Valley. Idaho-grown wines, especially Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Syrah are increasingly receiving high scores from wine critics and winning awards at major international wine competitions. If you're new to the world of Idaho wine, we recommend starting with this list of Idaho's best wineries, wineries that are impressing critics and re-introducing the country to quality Idaho wine.

Click the image below to see the map of Idaho wineries that produce Idaho's best wines (based on awards won at major wine competitions and ratings from publications such as Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast).

Published: July 17, 2013

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