On April 20, 2016, the federal government approved Washington state’s 14th American Viticultural Area.
For Idaho’s burgeoning wine industry, the Lewis-Clark Valley is the Gem State’s third AVA; a bi-state appellation that includes the towns of Clarkston (in Washington) and Lewiston. The region is home to 100 acres of vineyards spread across 16 sites and both states, growing about 20 grape varieties and helping to provide for nine wineries and tasting rooms.
There’s a rich history here, as grape growing and winemaking in the region can be traced back to 1872. Alas, history was all that was left in the wake of Prohibition until a couple of decades ago.
Thankfully, the industry has restarted, and the renaissance has sparked support from local consumers. Clearwater Canyon and Colter’s Creek have been at the forefront on many levels. Led by intrepid winemakers, some of these wineries not only grow their own grapes, but also source from some of Washington’s top vineyards.