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
Visit Basalt Cellars in the Port of Clarkston and taste your way through their award winning selections. Winemaker (and pharmacist) Rick and business partner Lynn created Basalt Cellars with the sole purpose of making the best wines to put in your hands. With over 190 awards, you are sure to find a favorite. Tour the production facility and meet their wine loving employees Leisha and Holly and enjoy wine made onsite, just for you!
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 tasting room and production facility is housed within one large building on the family’s Idaho Century Farm. Enjoy tastings of several wines and talk a walk in their estate vineyard. Meet the fun and down-to-earth staff 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 a boutique winery featuring an eclectic variety of red wines and small sampling of white wines. Vine 46 delivers an intriguing wine that invokes conversation and creates opportunities for people to share in the appreciation of a good wine. Tasting room open in Newberry Square, at 800 Mains Street in downtown Lewiston.
A boutique winery from the Yakima Valley, Parejas Cellars produces high quality, great value wines. Focusing on the Spanish varietals of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell, Albarino and Garnacha Blanca. Their fundamental goal is to make fun, high quality, affordable wines that partner well with food, family and friends.
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
Jovinea Cellars located in Lenore, Idaho will be opening a tasting room in Genesee, ID. This is slated to open to the public in 2019. Tastings can be scheduled by appointment directly at the winery before the tasting room is opened to the public.
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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