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Appellation: Snake River Valley

Planted Vineyard Acres: 70

  • The is the estate vineyard for Sawtooth Winery
  • Warm, sloped vineyard with excellent drainage of Scism silt loam
  • With south, west, north and east facing slopes, the micro-climates differ greatly at the site, allowing for a wide selection of varietals to be planted

Planted Varieties: This site, at about 2,700 feet elevation, is well suited for Bordeaux varietals, rather than the traditional “cooler” sites in Idaho. Other varietals include Roussannne, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, and Syrah History: The site started as a 15-acre estate vineyard for Pintler Cellars in the heart of the Canyon County region of the Idaho’s Snake River Valley. The vineyards surrounding Sawtooth Winery were once rich pastures owned by Charles Pintler. The first harvest was in 1987. Acreage gradually increased as did varietal experimentation. Pintler Cellars joined Corus Estates & Vineyards in 1998 and became Sawtooth Winery. Corus merged with Precept Wine in 2010 Interesting fact: Krista Shellie, University of Idaho viticulture researcher, leads experimental plantings at Sawtooth Vineyard. Her continued research suggests lesser-known varietals such as Gruner Veltliner (an Austrian aromatic white) and Trousseau (a French red known as Bastardo in Spain) also thrive on the site