The Snake River Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area that encompasses an area in Southwestern Idaho and two counties in eastern Oregon. The Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission and the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor filed the petition to recognize the AVA, and it was granted in 2007.
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Part of||Idaho, Oregon|
|Other regions in Idaho, Oregon||Lewis-Clark Valley AVA|
|Sub-regions||Eagle Foothills AVA|
|Total area||8,263 square miles (21,401 km2), 5,280,000 acres (2,140,000 ha) |
|Size of planted vineyards||1,800 acres (728 ha)|
|No. of vineyards||46|
|Grapes produced||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Canadice,|
|No. of wineries||15|
For wines to bear the Snake River Valley AVA label, at least 85% of the grapes used for production must be grown in the designated area, which includes the Southwestern Idaho counties of Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, and Washington, and the Eastern Oregon counties of Malheur and Baker.
Located on the same latitude as Oregon's Umpqua Valley AVA, the Snake River Valley has a more drastic diurnal temperature variation than other appellations in the Pacific Northwest due to the high elevation of most of the region's vineyards. At elevations of 2,500 feet (760 m) to 3,000 feet (910 m) above sea level, the region is also more than 400 miles (640 km) from the tempering effects of the Pacific Ocean.
- "§ 9.208 Snake River Valley" (Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas). Code of Federal Regulations. January 19, 2008. Retrieved January 30, 2008.
- "Snake River Valley (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. 2007. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2008.
- "Establishment of the Snake River Valley Viticultural Area (2005R-463P)". Federal Register. 72 (46): 10598–10603. March 9, 2007. Archived from the original on November 6, 2020. Retrieved July 4, 2007.
- "Idaho Wine - 150 Years in the Making". Idaho Wine Commission. Archived from the original on August 1, 2019.
- Johnson, Hugh; Robinson, Jancis (October 8, 2013). The World Atlas of Wine (7th ed.). Mitchell Beazley Publishing. p. 288. ISBN 978-1845336899.