We are so pleased to announce that our 2013 Syrah has been awarded gold in the Great NW Cascadia Wine Competition!
Williamson Sangiovese stands out among Idaho wine according to the Chicago Tribune!
Any Idaho agricultural story, even a story about wine, has to begin with potatoes. The state turns out 13 billion pounds of spuds a year. Go ahead, read it again if you have to: 13 billion pounds.
Idaho aggies are big on barley, plums, onions, beets and mint too. They don’t call it the Gem State for nothing; the place has good growing soil, and for close to 50 years, a small portion of it has been dedicated to growing commercial wine grapes. Idaho’s climate is well suited for such a crop, and most of it grows at relatively high elevation, somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 feet. The state enjoys long, sunny days (for ripening) and cool high-altitude nights (for retaining acidity). Daily temperature shifts of 40 degrees are not out of the question in some vineyard locations.
Idaho vineyards date to the 1860s, even before grapes were planted next door in Washington and Oregon. (If you don’t have a map in front of you, Idaho’s western edge forms the entire eastern borders of both of those coastal states.) Prohibition put an end to the first phase of the Idaho wine industry, and it was not until the 1970s that it picked up where it left off. So Idaho has a young and small wine industry, with many miles to go before it achieves the success of its neighbors. But the state known for potatoes is also turning out some good wines these days.
There are three overall wine regions in Idaho (North, Southwest and Southeast), and in 2007, the state’s first official appellation, the Snake River Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), was established. It stretches across 8,000 square miles, even crossing the state line and creeping into Oregon, and is home to 1,125 acres of Idaho vineyards. Idaho’s second appellation, Eagle Foothills AVA, was established in 2015, and the third, Lewis-Clark Valley AVA, came into being in May 2016. About three-fourths of that appellation is in Idaho, and the rest lies across the border in eastern Washington.
Enjoy this little video talking about the history of the Williamson family farm.
Don’t let roadwork keep you from visiting Idaho Wineries
We encourage you to read this great article and filmed interview by the Idaho Statesmen on Williamson’s winery as well as others in the Valley.
It’s a good time to be a fan of Idaho wine.
Gem State winemakers produced two best-of-class awards and 11 gold medals at this spring’s international Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore. And with spring in full bloom, Treasure Valley residents and tourists alike are making the tasting rounds.
Alas, the proposed weekend lane reductions on Interstate 84 between Nampa and Caldwell for resurfacing work mean it may take wine lovers from the Boise area more time to reach the Sunnyslope Wine District. Both the eastbound and westbound lanes on the stretch between Franklin Boulevard and Franklin Road will be repaved by the Idaho Transportation Department, and the bulk of the work is expected to take place over four weekends. Those dates haven’t been set yet. There will be some additional overnight work on I-84 as well as roadwork on some other southern Idaho routes this summer.
Mechanical Trimmer Reduces Time and Labor in the Vineyard
After a harsh winter, Williamson Vineyards is preparing to cut out any dead wood that was the result of negative zero temperatures that our region saw in 2017. In preparation for this heavy pruning we utilized a mechanized trimmer to cut the tops of the canes. This helps the vineyard keep down high labor costs of removing all the dead canes by hand.
Mike Williamson did great representing the Idaho Wine industry when he spoke with KTVB news this week! While this last winter was brutal in numerous ways, there are several silver linings for the vineyards. Yes, the 2017 crop will be small but it could result in some pretty amazing wines! Also, retraining from the ground up is not as expensive and doesn’t take as long to get back to full production as totally replanting. All in all, we are still optimistic about the future of Williamson & Idaho wines.
The Idaho wine industry has been growing in leaps and bounds and this growth brings in new visitors to our beautiful state. We were very pleased to read this awesome article that talks about the hospitality of the wine tasting rooms in Idaho. Across the board the wineries in Idaho have been greeting visitors with open arms and making guests feel welcome in our wineries and in our state!
Recent legislation passed will help Idaho wineries like Williamson become more competitive in the marketplace. Check out this clip from KIVI News.
We are thrilled with how well our wines are preforming! Check out the most recent medals from the Savor Northwest Wine Awards.
- 2013 Syrah – Gold medal
- 2011 Reserve Petite Sirah – Silver medal
- 2015 Blossom, Rosè of Sangiovese – Bronze medal
The Williamson Family and Staff are very excited to announce that the following wines have been awarded medals at the 2017 “East Meets West” West Coast Wine Competition!
- 2013 Williamson Vineyards Syrah – Gold Medal
- 2015 Williamson Vineyards Blossom ~ Rose of Sangiovese – Silver Medal