Wine History of The Lewis Clark Valley

The wine industry of the Lewis Clark Valley has had its own twists and turns, just as the vines that is grows!

Much of the success of the Lewis Clark Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), can be attributed to the great floods of Lake Missoula. The Missoula Floods which swept across eastern Washington and down the Columbia River George at the end of the last ice age, left fertile soil deposits throughout the Lewis Clark Valley that created the perfect drainage and soil composition that grape vines love.

In 1864, with the realization of the areas agricultural promise, the first vines planted in the Northwest were planted in Lewiston. The wine growing region now known as the Lewis Clark Valley AVA  had humble beginnings with just a few acres of Royal Muscadine.

By 1872, French settlers also saw the areas wine growing potential and quickly worked to establish vineyards and wineries.

By 1908, over 40 varieties of grapes were being grown in the area! With unmatched soil composition and skilled growers, the vines grew beautifully, and the area became recognized for its ability to grow wine producing grapes that could compete globally.

Shortly after the area became recognized as a premier growing region, prohibition was sweeping the nation, and by 1916 the state of Idaho was voted dry. The wine industry receded with the with the enforcement of prohibition.

Fast forward to 1972, Bob Wing, convinced by Dr. Walter Clore of Washington State University,  planted the first vineyard since prohibition. Wing observed and measured every aspect of his newfound hobby of grape growing and wine making. Wing’s wines proved once again the potential of the area for winemakers.

In the early 2000’s winemakers began coming to the region that they had heard possessed so much potential.

 

After officially establishing the area at the Lewis Clark Valley American Viticultural Area in 2016, The Lewis-Clark Valley wine

region includes 479 square miles, with nearly 100 acres of vineyards planted throughout the valley, and seven established wineries curating award-winning wines.

 

 

 

Each winery has its own unique story, many which include a family history in agriculture or ties to the Lewis Clark Valley. For more information about the artisans and their incredible wines, you can take a wine tasting tour through Twisted Vine Wine Tours which will allow you to taste the award-winning wines for yourself, as well as learn even more about the history from the incredibly knowledgeable guide, Clint! You can also find more information about the AVA through the Lewis Clark Valley Wine Alliance!

 

 

The unique history of the Lewis Clark Valley does not stop at wine. The Lewis Clark Valley is also home to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. You can experience its rugged beauty yourself on a premier jet boat tour through one of the areas guide services to learn the legends and lore from your experienced captain and see prehistoric petroglyphs along the Snake River!

 

 

Whatever brings you to the Lewis Clark Valley, whether that be wine, water or history, you will be sure to have the experience of a lifetime!

 

Sip, Shop and Stay in the Lewis Clark Valley this Holiday!

Discover the magic of the holidays in the Lewis Clark Valley with exceptional award-winning wines, shopping and activities for the whole family! 

Begin your stay by enjoying the spirit of the holidays with wine and friends at one of the Valley’s tasting rooms!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay Creek Vineyards 

Come to Lindsay Creek Vineyards to enjoy incredible wine with good company this holiday season!

Experience their savory bites paired with excellent wine, and explore their fabulous gift shop where you will be sure to find the perfect gift for any wine lover!

 

 

 

 

 

Colters Creek Winery

Gather with friends and family at Colters Creek Winery and Restaurant with wine and bites that are sure to impress!

This is the perfect opportunity to stock up for Christmas with Colter’s Creek gift baskets and enjoy the holiday festivities!

 

 

 

 

Clearwater Canyon Cellars

Clearwater Canyon Cellars Fall Release is here! Discover your new favorites in their tasting room at the estate vineyard on their family’s Century-Old Farm!

The Fall Release includes:

– 2015 Estate Syrah, Lewis-Clark Valley
– 2015 Louis Delsol Cabernet Sauvignon, Lewis-Clark Valley
– 2015 Coco’s Reserve Malbec, Rattlesnake Hills/Lewis-Clark Valley
– 2015 Petite Sirah, Columbia Valley
2015 The Wine Project, Horse Heaven Hills/Lewis-Clark Valley

 

 

Basalt Cellars Winery

Looking for a great hostess gift? Look no further than Basalt Cellars! They have great gift baskets including their incredible wine that will be the talk of the party!

Be sure to look through their adorable wine-stopper collection, or pick up their book about pairing wines with savory bites for yourself or a loved one who is a wine and food enthusiast!
Fly your first case of favorite wines home for free with an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan!

 

 

 

 

Get your shopping done early this holiday season in Beautiful Downtown Lewiston!

Lewiston was named one of the best American towns for holiday shopping in 2017 by Expedia! 

Shop Beautiful Downtown Lewiston to find gifts for all your loved ones this holiday season! With shops centrally located in the heart of downtown Lewiston you can make an afternoon of perusing the adorable shops for the perfect gift!

Shopping for someone who has it all? Gift them with an experience of Hells Canyon, North America’s Deepest River Gorge!

 

 

Gift a jet boat tour of Hells Canyon!

Beamers Hells Canyon Tour
Gift an experience your friends and family will never forget with a jet boat excursion with Beamers Hells Canyon Tours! Beamers Hells Canyon Tours is offering a ‘buy one get one FREE” special!

Snake River Adventures
Discover Hells Canyon on a scenic jet boat tour and learn about the history, nature, geology, geography that make it so unique! Purchase a gift certificate for a tour and wow friends and family!

Snake Dancer Excursions
Experience the thrill of Snake River rapids while enjoying the beauty of Hells Canyon on a jet boat tour of Hells Canyon with Snake Dancer Excursions! Purchase your gift certificates for friends and family and be the talk  of the season.

 

With your christmas shopping completed and the perfect hostess gifts purchased, wander through a beautiful display of Christmas lights!

Lewiston’s Locomotive Park is lit up with the ‘Winter Spirt‘ interactive display for the Holiday Season. A large fireplace warms fascinated visitors and children viewing the pageant of colors. The seasonal music at the Park is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Join us for this award-wining lighting display with family and friends!

 

Looking for a thrill? Get a birds-eye view of the Snake and clearwater Rivers on a Hells Canyon Helicopter ride that will leave you in awe.

After a day of adventures, treat yourself to a restful nights sleep at one of the Lewis Clark Valley hotels that offer beautiful views and special holiday rates!

Whatever adventures you choose, we know you will discover your new favorite holiday traditions with family and friends in the Lewis Clark Valley! Safe Travels and Happy Holidays!

Idaho History Ghost Tours and The Underground Hideaways of Historic Lewiston

Discover Historic Downtown Lewiston and explore areas that have not changed for 100 years on an Idaho History Ghost Tour! On the tour, you will explore beneath the sidewalks and in historical buildings where you walk among the ‘spirits’ that once called Lewiston, Idaho home.

Founded 156 years ago in the wake of the gold rush in 1861, the new Idaho Territory known as Lewiston quickly became a hub for rough-and-tumble men looking to strike it rich. As rumor has it, some still haven’t left!

 

Venture to the historical Lewis Clark Hotel and witness the haunting and chilling tale recounted of the once flourishing hotel, and experience the antique elevator system, so well used at one time that the foot prints, and as some claim — the spirit, of the operator still lives today.

A trip to Morgan’s Alley may leave you rightfully spooked, as it was home to a once lively saloon and gentlemen’s club, where upstairs the infamous “Lady in Blue” is known to still haunt its halls.

 

 

After touring the historic buildings, follow your guide down under the streets for more stories of a time gone by. Seattle
is not the only city with a famous underground — Lewiston too had its very own citizen-built city beneath the streets where speakeasies and gambling were commonplace. Listen closely and open your eyes, there may be some folks who haven’t yet left.

 

 

Whether you believe in ghosts, or witness a ghost on these tours, the guide, owner, and operator Garry Bush has and incredible talent for bringing the rich and colorful history of Lewiston to life.
Whether you are a history buff, paranormal enthusiast, or curious visitor, this tour is a must for all locals and visitors alike who have a curiosity for history and the occasional paranormal activity!

For more information, and to book your tour today, visit http://idahohistorytours.com/tag/ghost-tours

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Idaho History Tours & Brad Stinson

A Weekend Guide to The LC Valley

Need a getaway? Look no further than The Lewis Clark Valley!

Below you will find the best of The Valley from culinary and wine experiences to seeing Hells Canyon and its geological wonders and wildlife inhabitants!

Day #1: Taste the Lewis Clark Valley on a self guided or hosted wine tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lewis Clark Valley is home to the Northwest’s newest wine growing region, but it has a deep rooted history of wine growing dating back to before the prohibition. Priorto the prohibition, the wines produced in the Lewis Clark Valley were admired from around the world and compared to those from France and Italy. This comes as no surprise as The Lewis Clark Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is already consistently producing top award winning wines regionally and nationally! For the best self-guided wine tour, check out an earlier blog post, “The Ultimate Wine Tour of The Lewis Clark Valley”
There are also hosted wine tasting tours through Twisted Vine Wine Tours

Day #2: Hop on a scenic jet boat tour of Hells Canyon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A jet boat tour of Hells Canyon, North Americas deepest river gorge, is something that absolutely cannot be missed when you visit the Lewis Clark Valley! (And YES — it IS deeper than The Grand Canyon!)

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to see wildlife up close! It is common to see Bald Eagles, Big Horned Sheep, Blue Herons, Deer and the very occasional Bear! In addition to the abundant wildlife that can be found on the river, the knowledgeable jet boat captains will illustrate the legends and history of the canyon and the people that once lived in it! Petroglyphs from some of the first people to live in the Canyon are also visible from the river! Be sure to book your tour through one of the areas outfitters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro Tip: Bring along a small cooler of your favorite alcoholic beverages! (Don’t forget that bottle of wine you purchased from your favorite local winery!) Remember to only bring cans or transfer your wine to a thermos like the ones you can purchase at Lindsay Creek Vineyards!

 

Top Restaurant Picks:

1. Jollymore’s: A Dining Experience

Jollymore’s food is simply incredible. Their lunch and dinner menus feature traditional American and classic French cuisines, complemented by their extensive wine list that including local wines! Ask your server about pairings they would suggest with your meal to get the full experience.

If you love brunch, listen up: Jollymore’s has the best Sunday brunch in town and it is no secret! Stop in from 9AM – 3PMfor the best breakfast and bottomless mimosas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Sauté on Sixth

Sauté on Sixth features their unique spin on American cuisine paired with local wines and spirits that will be sure to lighten your mood and be the perfect way to complement your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover the ultimate weekend getaway in the Lewis Clark Valley with family and friends making memories that will last a lifetime. What are you waiting for? Book your weekend getaway today! If you want additional information, view our online visitors guide or call us at 509-758-7489! 

Island Camping at Chief Timothy Park

Chief Timothy Park is named after a chief of the Native American Nez Perce Tribe that once settled on the island. The park is located on Lower Granite Lake on the Snake River and is made up of 282 acres.

Bridge leading to Chief Timothy Park Island

Visitors have access to well-kept grounds that include traditional camping sites RV sites, and small cabins. The island also hosts a boat launch, sandy swimming beach, and five docks for fishermen and boaters. Kayaking and windsurfing on the lake are popular activities for visitors and locals!

First-class riverside camp spots with picnic tables and fire pits are impossible to beat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a short walk to the interpretive artwork landscape installation called ‘The Listening Circle’, created by the artist Maya Lin. The installation was created to reflect the people and environment of the Columbia River Basin. The artist wanted visitors to focus their attention on the breeze through the trees, the gentle sound of the water, and the muted browns, greens and yellows of the enduring landscape that surrounds them.

‘The Listening Circle’, by Maya Lin

Chief Timothy Park is also known as The Gateway to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, where North Americas deepest river gorge is located. Hells Canyon National Recreation area is home to abundant wildlife around every corner, and hosts history dating back to pre-Nez Perce communities. Petroglyphs, prehistoric rock carvings, that were created by the early communities are still visible from the Snake River!

To truly experience Hells Canyon, North Americas deepest river gorge, consider booking a Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour through one of the areas outfitters! On a Hells Canyon tour, you will be able to see the petroglyphs and geographic wonders such as the basalt columns.

Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: petroglyphs / Right: Basalt Columns

Wildlife of the canyon is abundant — Bighorn Sheep, Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, and Bears are often seen coming down to the water.

From left to right: Blue Hereon — ‘Hells Canyon Pterodactyl’ / Big Horn Sheep / Black Bear cub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and to make a reservation at Chief Timothy park, visit http://parks.state.wa.us/704/Chief-Timothy-Park

To learn more about The Lewis Clark Valley and specific outfitter information, http://visitlcvalley.com/

Park Contact Information

Clarkston, WA 99403

(509) 758-9580

chief.timothy@clm-services.com

Picture Credit: Brad Stinson

The Ultimate Wine Tour of The Lewis-Clark Valley

 

Love wine? Us to.

Wino’s — this one is for you. Look no further for the perfect leisurely, self-guided wine tour of the Lewis Clark Valley’s award winning wineries!

Be sure to stock up on your favorites because when you fly out of the Lewiston Regional Airport with Alaska Airlines, your first case of wine flies free! (Cheers to that!)

Below are a few recommendations to make the most of this ideal wine tour:

  1. Plan on taking the entire afternoon into the evening — Take your time to enjoy the unique atmosphere of each tasting room and soak in the flavor of The Valley.
  2. Remember to write down what you like so you can purchase later, or better yet, purchase a case and take advantage of Alaska Airlines offer to fly your case home with you for free!
  3. Most importantly, bring your wine loving friends — We all know wine is best when shared!

 

First stop: Basalt Cellars 

906 Port Drive
Clarkston, WA 99403

Basalt Cellars has over 100 awards from competitions across the northwest and the number is continuing to rise, for good reason! Their 2016 Wasem Estate Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect white wine for summer, with crisp, refreshing aromas of passion fruit, white peach and soft mineral notes, all 100% locally sourced. On the other hand, if you have been suppressing a sweet tooth — give it up and try their incredible Port — You can thank us later.

 

Second Stop: Colter’s Creek 

308 Main Street
Juliaetta, ID 83535

Located just outside The Valley in Juliaetta, is Colter’s Creek’s tasting room and restaurant. Their handcrafted wines and gourmet bites are sure to impress. Plan on having lunch here and pairing your menu items of choice with a refreshing white or bold red flight!

 

 

Third Stop: Clearwater Canyon Cellars 

3143 10th St,
Lewiston, ID 83501

Located on their family’s historically registered Century Old Farm, Clearwater Canyon Cellars combines the history of the Lewis Clark Valley, with the growing future of the Northwest’s newest American Viticultural Area! Clearwater Canyon Cellars was awarded Idaho Winery of the year in 2015 by Wine Press Northwest — If that isn’t convincing enough, maybe their numerous Platinum awards will catch your attention.

While you are at Clearwater Canyon Cellars taking in the beautiful landscape and sipping the day away, be sure to have a taste of their Phinny Hill Carmenère which earned the distinction of top Carmenère at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

Fourth Stop: Lindsay Creek Vineyards 

3107 Powers Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501

The last stop of the day at Lindsay Creek Vineyards will be one you won’t soon forget — especially if you catch a Palouse sunset over the estate vineyard and surrounding wheat fields.

Be sure to order a few plates to share of their incredible selection of gourmet bites and hors d’oeuvres to pair with the last savory sips of the day. Enjoy their beautifully landscaped patio and the sweeping views, or play a friendly game of bocce ball on the lawn!

 

You have your itinerary, so grab your friends and set a date! Cheers to a great trip, friends, and of course — wine!