BOISE, Ida. — This June marks the 10th annual Idaho Wine and Cider Month, celebrated by the Idaho Wine Commission, restaurants, wineries, and cideries around the state. Visitors can take advantage of the month with special events and tastings.
Idaho Governor C.L. Butch Otter first declared June to be Idaho Wine Month in 2009. In the decade since, the wine industry has more than doubled its economic impact. Wine and cider in Idaho now contribute $170 million per year to the Idaho economy. In that same time period, there has been a 30 percent increase in the number of wineries and the addition of two new American Viticulture Areas.
With spring releases coming out from each winery, June is the perfect time to taste and explore the unique flavors that exist because of Idaho’s unique terroir. Idaho has more than 50 wineries and cideries across the state, each with unique offerings for residents and visitors. There are 1,600 acres of grapes planted in the state, producing diverse varietals from crisp Rieslings to full-bodied Syrahs.
“We are so grateful for the success and support Idaho Wine and Cider Month has received over the last 10 years,” said Moya Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission. “The public has embraced the quality flavors of Idaho wines and ciders. Some of the greatest advocates of our industry have been Idaho residents. It’s that support that helped our award-winning region grow and develop. We hope Idaho Wine and Cider Month inspires more people to taste, buy, and spread the word about Idaho’s amazing wine and cider.”
Across the state, nearly 50 events will celebrate Idaho Wine and Cider Month, including one from the top—Governor Brad Little makes it official with a bottle signing at Albertsons Market Street on June 7. While the month’s most well-known event, Savor Idaho, is sold out plenty of opportunities remain to sip and sample. Colter’s Creek Winery hosts a tasting straight from their barrels June 1. Enthusiasts can attend one, two or all three winemaker dinners at Chandlers Steakhouse throughout the month. And much, much more.
There is a total of 56 wineries with 1,300 vineyard acres planted across Idaho. The Idaho wine industry contributed about $170 million to Idaho's economy. For a complete listing of special events, visit the Idaho Wine Commission events page. You can also stay up-to-date via social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.