June is finally here, warm weather and good times await. June is also Idaho Wine and Cider Month and this year is the 12th year for this festival. Wineries and Cideries across the state are participating this year and it’s a perfect time to explore new wines or ciders made in the great State of Idaho. We are so lucky to have so many amazing wineries and cideries in the area.
New this year is the Savor Idaho To Go Passport. The passport is free at participating wineries or by contacting the Idaho Wine Commission. On top of tasting some great wines, you have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes from some of the wineries and cideries who are participating in this event.
During the month of June, there are several events you can take a look at our event calendar or Idaho Wine Commission’s calendar to check out these fabulous events that are happening in the area.
This is how you use your Savor Idaho To Go Passport. Each time you visit one of the participating tasting rooms, have them sign the “VISITED” space in your passport. Each winery has a featured Savor Idaho flight listed and additional promotions that they will offer all month long. To enter the drawings, email your passport to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 7, 2021. Winners will be announced on July 9, 2021. Some wineries charge for tastings. Please visit the winery website prior to your visit if reservations are needed.
Below is a list of some of the Wineries and Cideries that are participating along with their June specials, a complete list can be found on the Savor Idaho To Go Passport page. You can also download the Idaho Wine Commission’s Tour Guide to Idaho Wineries.
- Jovinea Cellars – Complimentary featured flight tasting and $10 off Savor Idaho 3-pack * 2019 Marsanne, Washington, $19 * 2019 Dolcetto Rose, Washington, $20 * 2018 Syrah, Washington, $24
- Meriwether Cider Co – Complimentary tasting of Savor Idaho flight and Crew pricing when you buy the Savor Idaho bundle. * Vinous $20 * Apricot Sage $7.50 * Ginger Root $7.50
- Rolling Hills Vineyard – 15% off Savor Idaho 3-pack * 2018 Cabernet Franc, SRV $45 * 2018 Syrah, Yakima Valley $38 * 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Yakima Valley $22
- HAT Ranch Winery – 15% off Savor Idaho 3-pack * 2018 HAT Trick Red, SVR $26.95 * 2019 Vale Wine Co Sweet Moscato, SRV $15 * 2020 Unoaked Chardonnay, SRV $20.95
- Coiled Wines – 10% off a 3-pack or an additional 5% off for Coiled Club Members * 2018 Rizza $30 * 2018 Translations Rose $20 * 2018 Diamonback, SRV $34
- Indian Creek Winery – 15% off Savor Idaho 3-pack * 2016 Star Garnet, SRV * 2016 Moscato, SRV * 2019 Mountain Syringa, SRV
- Telaya Wine Co – 10% off 6 bottles * 2018 Tempranillo, SRV $38 * 2018 Syrah, SRV $34 * 2020 Carrie’s Select Chardonnay, SRV $27
Now gather up some friends, enjoy the warm weather and go visit these excellent tasting rooms, vineyards, cideries. We would love to hear your feedback, hashtag us at #idahowinescene!
A couple of fun facts, Governor Otter first declared June to be Idaho Wine Month in 2009 and there are now 69 wineries in Idaho and 447,213 gallons were produced in 2019. That’s a lot of wine! 🙂
I recall a weekend before covid-19 and doing tastings across Idaho at nine wineries, I got a taste of what local winemakers swear is one of the best and emerging wine regions in America. Others from Oregon or California might joke around about Idaho having only potato wine, which is far from the truth. If you look at a map of the microclimate and soil types in the Snake River Valley where grapes are sourced. The maps are similar to the maps shown to me by winemakers in the Frances Loire Valley and the Russian River Valley in Northern California. The Snake River Valley has identified 10 types of soil and three microcliffs.
In this wine region, proud vintners cultivate over 1,500 hectares of grapes to produce a range of red wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernets Franc, Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache, Merlot, Tempranillo, White Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Albarino and Pinot Gris. The vast majority of Idaho wineries and vineyards are located in the Snake River Valley between Nampa and Boise, at elevations between 2,000 and 3,400 feet.
Each year, there are a variety of events to celebrate and showcase the wines and vineyards of Idaho. The Idaho Wine Commission hosts Idaho’s premier wine and food event, which enters its 13th year in 2021. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the best Idaho wines, and you will be greeted with souvenir wine glasses to sip your way through the displays of local wineries. This should be a great event this year without the covid restrictions and we are very excited about this event. In recent years, wine critics and travel writers from across the US have discovered award-winning wineries in Idaho’s Snake River Valley, earning the region the title of the next wine destination to visit. This year, the Idaho Wine Commission is giving you the chance to sample Idaho’s winemakers and culinary artists at their upcoming event, Winemaking in the Snake River Valley has such a rich heritage going back many generations and each generation passing on their winemaking secrets.
Like many new wine regions in the United States, Idaho is not defined by one single grape. There are many prominent wineries along the Sunnyslope Wine Trail in the Snake River Valley but you aren’t limited to just the Snake River Valley, there are some wineries and tasting rooms in the Boise city center and in Garden City, Idaho along Chinden Blvd. One new wine tasting room opening this year on June 16th, 2021 is Rolling Hills Vineyard Urban Tasting Room at 152 E. 52nd Street, Garden City, Idaho 83714. We have heard so many good things about this new tasting room and its plans for the vineyard. We can’t wait to visit when they open along with some of the other tasting rooms in that area.
We are so happy to be able to start to visit wineries and tasting rooms again!