This region is considered part of the new frontier of wine-growing areas in the United States. But, we actually have a long wine history. Grapes were introduced into the Clearwater Valley by 1872 and thanks to the pioneering efforts of two Frenchmen, Louis Desol and Robert Schleicher, and one German immigrant, Jacob Schaefer, the region rapidly become known for its wines. Schleicher was most successful, taking a number of gold medals for his wines at expositions in Omaha, Buffalo, St. Louis and Portland.

The Lewis Clark Valley is the newest designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Idaho and Washington. Keep up with the latest the Lewis Clark Valley Vineyards and Wineries have to offer at LewisClarkWine.com.

Today, local wineries are winning their own medals for varietals made from local and regional grapes. Taste for yourself and take some home to share with friends and family.

Lewis Clark Valley Wineries

Basalt Cellars boutique, limited production winery handcrafts small lots of premium wine made with grapes from the Columbia Valley and local estate grapes.

Visit the tasting room for warm hospitality and award-winning reds and whites.Expect a laid back atmosphere when you walk into Clearwater Canyon Cellars.  The entire production facility is housed within one large industrial room. Enjoy complimentary tastings of several wines and walk among the barrels and tanks.  Meet the fun and down-to-earth winemakers, who also operate the tasting room, and learn how they make ultra premium wine from local grapes.

Lindsay Creek Vineyards is a fabulous spot to hold an event, or just sit with a glass of wine surrounded by fields of grain, just outside the city limits. Stop in for a respite from the daily grind, taste wine and enjoy a place with naturally intoxicating scenery.

Vine 46 is Lewiston’s newest winery. They expect to have a tasting room in downtown Lewiston soon.

A short drive from the Lewis Clark Valley lies Colter’s Creek Winery, the newest hot spot in Juliaetta. Their beautiful tasting room offers travelers a respite from the road with small bites, and beer and wine on tap. They offer magnum refill bottles for red or white. Most of their wine is made from their estate vineyards using sustainable processes.

Surrounding Area Wineries

Camas Prairie Winery in Moscow is the oldest production winery in northern Idaho, making Idaho wines since 1983. Also wine tasting, tours, wine bar & imported beer.

Merry Cellars, Pullman’s family-owned winery, produces premium award-winning Washington wines from the highest quality grapes. Check out their summer concert series.

An exclusive destination offering wine and a diversity of art exhibits and cultural events is Wawawai Canyon Winery in Uniontown.

Wine Tour

Learn more about the history and Washington and Idaho’s newest American Viticultural Area. Twisted Vine Wine Tours will take you on a tour of the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA wineries. The tours are customized to your group of 2 to 7 passengers in a comfortable van. Your guide, Clint Hoiland, will take you to each winery while narrating the rich history of the Lewis-Clark Valley along the way. 509.295.1306; TwistedVineWT.com

 

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