AVA designation shows continued growth of Idaho’s wine industry
Idaho’s wine industry continues to flourish with the newly approved Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today announced this important federal designation, which defines the geographic region of northwestern Idaho and bordering eastern Washington as a unique grape-growing area.
The state of Idaho is gaining national attention as a prominent grape growing area after the Department of the Treasury established the Snake River Valley AVA in 2007, the Eagle Foothills AVA in November 2015 and now the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. New regions illustrate an emerging wine culture in Idaho and will act as a catalyst for development as more growers investigate the region.
“Idaho is seeing continued growth and success with wine,” said Moya Shatz Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission. “We have lured experienced winemakers from other popular regions because of Idaho’s unique growing conditions, variety and quality. Vintners are coming for the opportunity to be pioneers in winemaking and to be part of our rapidly growing industry. We are fortunate to have a partner in Washington State Wine, who is willing to collaborate and share their expertise.”
“Terroir is not defined by state borders, but by the unique geological characteristics shared between our two borders. Washington State Wine is proud to work collaboratively with the Idaho Wine Commission to tell the story of this new region,” said Steve Warner, President of Washington State Wine. “The Lewis-Clark AVA is a remarkable growing area that will help elevate the Northwest wine industry as a whole.”
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