And a good evening. It was great to have a Board Member present one of the wines. Fun! Good wines! Good buffet – we don’t often have Lamb Kabobs. Here is some information on the newest of the three Idaho AVA’s, Lewis and Clark AVA.
Idaho’s wine industry had a big year with the addition of two new American Viticultural Area’s (AVA’s). The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury defines AVAs as their own geographical location with unique topography, climate, and soil. Petitions for new AVA’s is a rigorous progress that can sometimes take years. The importance is definitive however. Defining great growing regions and allowing wineries to depict exact locations on their bottles gives consumers more concise information on exactly where the wine they are drinking came from.
With Idaho now having three approved AVA’s, the Idaho Wine Commission is kicking off Idaho Wine Month with some education on the differences each region brings to Idaho. We hope you find the time to try some wine from each AVA and Thank You for Supporting Idaho Wines!
Snake River Valley AVA – Approved in April 2007
The Snake River Valley AVA makes up the first of Idaho’s three AVA’s and is Idaho’s largest spanning over 8,000 square miles and encompassing the majority of the states vineyards. Located in Southeastern Idaho, it overlays ancient Lake Idaho, running straight through Idaho’s largest cities, Boise, Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa. Climate conditions are similar to its neighboring AVA in Washington State, the Columbia Valley AVA, and its elevations are comparable to the famed Rioja region in Spain. Daytime temperatures in the 90s and nighttime temperatures in the 50s lend this AVA a prime-growing season for several varieties. Proximity to water and well draining soils give this AVA potential to have sustainable vineyards for generations to come. With a little over 1,100 acres currently planted in this 8,263 square mile AVA, some say the best growing site is yet to be discovered.
Eagle Foothills AVA – Approved in November 2015
The Eagle Foothills AVA is Idaho’s second AVA. With an average elevation of 2,912 feet, this AVA currently holds 67 vineyard acres and is home to one Idaho winery. Cool temperatures, a shorter growing season and low growing-degree days lends a hand to ripening of early to mid-season grape varietals. Located directly below the Snake River aquifer allows for easy access to water and soils consisting of sand, silt and clay are rich in mineral grains and well-draining. The Eagle Foothills AVA is a sub-AVA of the larger Snake River Valley AVA and the first to be solely located within the State boundaries.
Lewis-Clark Valley AVA – Approved in April 2016
The Lewis-Clark Valley AVA makes up Idaho’s third AVA at 479 square miles and named for the explorers Lewis and Clark who passed thru here in 1805. Located in Central Idaho with 80 vineyard acres planted and home to three Idaho wineries, it overlaps into Washington State. Home to the lowest elevation vineyards in the state at 950 ft, its steep river canyons and plateaus allow for a successful ripening of a wide variety of grapes. Watersheds of the Palouse and Camas Prairies give easy access to water and soils are compromised of decomposed perennial grasses and grass roots with high water holding capacity. This AVA has the longest history in the State, with the first known growing region flourishing here, planted in 1872.
And from these AVA’s, they following wines were served. Idaho Wines at the TVWS. Enjoy! And here is the buffet we had.