Sawtooth Winery

Out in 70 acres of scenic country, ten miles west of Nampa, just past Lake Lowell, is one of the premier wineries in the Snake River Valley. Sawtooth Winery was established in 1987, when the Pintler family realized the wine-growing potential of their steep, south-facing pastures. The high elevation, at 2,700-feet, long daylight hours and cool summer evenings, are ideal for sophisticated, aromatic wines.

Varieties like Merlot, Pinot Gris and Tempranillo have helped make a name for Sawtooth, while their Riesling and Merlot have won multiple awards. You can sample these creations at the boutique tasting room, with dreamy views of the Owyhee Mountains from the vineyard. Home to the Sawtooth and Skyline Vineyards, elevations range up to 3,500 feet and are higher than any others in the Northwest; the soil is composed primarily of volcanic ash. Long daylight hours and cool summer evenings create the perfect growing conditions for grapes with purity of fruit and brilliant aromatics.

The largest vineyard in Idaho, the 400-acre Skyline vineyard supplies Sawtooth Winery and Idaho’s boutique wineries. Set at 2,500 feet, its many micro-climates differ greatly at the site, allowing for a wide selection of varietal to be planted, from aromatic whites to Spanish reds. Sawtooth’s award-winning Riesling comes from Skyline Vineyard. The south and west facing slopes are the warmer areas of the vineyard, better suited for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The cast and north facing slopes are cooler and suited to Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Other varieties include Roussanne, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, and Syrah. The award-winning reds and Chardonnay originate from this vineyard.

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