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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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Wine Industry of Idaho

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While traveling Interstate 84 recently I saw a billboard for the Carmela Vineyards and wondered just how big the wine/grape industry has become on Idaho. Not that I'm a big wine drinker or have an itch to start a Mountain Home winery I was just curious. So I set out and investigated the Idaho grape and wine scene. I was surprised by the numbers.

Number of wineries in the pacific northwest statisic

* Wines Northwest
** Idaho Wines.Org

The Pacific Northwest Numbers

State/Province Number of Wineries 2008
Washington * 550
Oregon * 358
British Columbia * 138
Idaho ** 58

Did You Know – Idaho Wine
An Idaho Vineyard

  • The first winery in the Pacific Northwest was located in the Lewiston area of Idaho.
  • Idaho had some world renowned wines prior to the US Prohibition era.
  • Prohibition wiped out the wine industry until 1970.
  • In the 1970's, the wine industry returned to Idaho but this time in the Snake River Valley.
  • Approximately 58 wineries now call Idaho their home.
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