The Lewis Clark Valley is considered part of the new frontier of wine-growing areas in the United States, but the region actually has 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 became 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.
Today, local wineries are winning their own medals for varietals made from local and regional grapes.
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