Snake River Valley AVA

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.[4]

Snake River AVA
Wine region
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TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established2007[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofIdaho, Oregon
Other regions in Idaho, OregonLewis-Clark Valley AVA
Sub-regionsEagle Foothills AVA
Climate regionContinental
Total area8,263 square miles (21,401 km2), 5,280,000 acres (2,140,000 ha) [2]
Size of planted vineyards1,800 acres (728 ha)[2]
No. of vineyards46[3]
Grapes producedCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Canadice,
No. of wineries15[3]

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.

The AVA encompasses 15 wineries, 46 vineyards, and 1,800 acres (728 ha) of commercial vineyard production.[2][3]


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.[5]


  1. ^ "§ 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.
  2. ^ a b c "Snake River Valley (AVA): Appellation Profile". Appellation America. 2007. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "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.
  4. ^ "Idaho Wine - 150 Years in the Making". Idaho Wine Commission. Archived from the original on August 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Johnson, Hugh; Robinson, Jancis (October 8, 2013). The World Atlas of Wine (7th ed.). Mitchell Beazley Publishing. p. 288. ISBN 978-1845336899.

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Coordinates: 43°06′55″N 115°31′35″W / 43.1154°N 115.5264°W / 43.1154; -115.5264