Lewis-Clark Valley AVA


“The Lewis-Clark Valley is the newest American Viticultural Area in Idaho and Washington. Winemakers are using locally grown wine grape varietals to craft bold, award-winning, premium wine. Visit and taste the difference….after all, we’ve been doing it since 1872.” [Lewis-Clark Valley] Lewis-Clark Valley AVA Information 1626 6th Avenue North, Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 746 0015.
Look here for the list of Lewis-Clark Valley AVA Wineries. Here is a brief description of the wineries.

  1. Basalt Cellars Winery
    Grapes are now grown locally at our estate vineyard and contracted from other quality growers around the Columbia Valley AVA including Sagemoor’s Wienbau, Dionysis and Bacchus Vineyards, Dwelly Vineyard in Walla Walla, Verhey Vineyard near Union Gap and Willard Family Farms near Prosser.
  2. Clearwater Canyon Cellars
    Education paved the path to success for Clearwater Canyon Cellars. Coco, our winemaker, capped her formal education with a doctorate degree studying wine microbiology. Karl, our vineyard manager, studied soil science as it relates to agriculture and soil nutrition.
  3. Colter’s Creek Estate Winery
    Colter’s Creek Winery Restaurant Menu. Colter’s Creek Winery has been crafting wines from our estate vineyard since 2007. Our tasting room and restaurant is a quaint oasis nestled in Juliaetta, Idaho. In 2012, we opened our Main Street location as a place to taste our wines and sample from our eclectic menu, all in the company of good friends and just a beautiful 30-minute drive from Moscow and Lewiston.
  4. Lindsay Creek Vineyards
    Lindsay Creek Vineyards started its vineyard development in 2007, with only 150 grapes. Currently we own and operate over 15 acres of vines. Our transition from wheat to growing quality wine grapes has been fast paced, educational, yet extremely rewarding.
  5. Rivaura Estate Vineyards and Winery
    Like a river, life itself ebbs and flows. Life yields to the forces of nature around it, gently bending and changing over time. As seasons pass, the edges smooth out to reveal a new configuration that leads to more opportunity. The river is a metaphor for our drive and determination. We work together out of profound respect for our shared history.
  6. Tammany View Winery
    A winery and vineyard with views of the beautiful Waha Mountains.
  7. Vine 46
    Vine 46 is a boutique winery featuring an eclectic variety of red wines and small sampling of white wines. The winery was created among a diverse group of individuals who came together to share a common passion – appreciation and exploration of great wines.
  8. Woodie Cellars
    Participate in harvest, crush, and winemaking with winemaker Carter Clary of Woodie Cellars. Participate in harvest, crush, and winemaking with winemaker Carter Clary of Woodie Cellars.

“The Lewis-Clark Valley wine region encompasses 479 square miles with nearly 100 acres of grapes currently planted throughout the Lewis-Clark Valley and steep canyons of the Clearwater and mid-Snake Rivers and their tributaries. Seven wineries, with more opening soon, create award-winning wines…Vines were planted in the Lewis-Clark Valley as early as 1872. Varietals such as Petit Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc were cultivated.

By 1908, 40 varieties of grapes were being cultivated. Two years later, Lewiston voted a ban on alcoholic beverages and the industry crashed. Most of the wine was turned into vinegar and winemaking virtually disappeared until the late 1990s.

Today, winemakers in the Lewis-Clark Valley are using locally grown grapes to create wines that compete on the national market. In 2016, the Lewis-Clark Valley became an official AVA (American Viticulture Area). With steep river canyons and plateaus within the AVA, it is home to the lowest elevation vineyards in the state that are successful in ripening a wide variety of wine grapes. Vinifera growing in the Northwest originated in the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA, dating back to 1872.”

One of the first wine labels from the Lewis-Clark Valley circa 1902.

And finally, here are some of the varietals grown in the AVA.

VARIETALS GROWN

RED VARIETALS
Barbera
Blaufränkisch (Lemberger)
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Carmenere
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Pinot Noir
Sangiovese
Syrah
Tempranillo
Zinfandel

WHITE VARIETALS
Chardonnay
Gewurztraminer
Muscat
Pinot Gris
Riesling
Rkatsiteli
Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon
Viognier

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