Holesinsky Vineyard & Winery

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1498 Valley Steppe Drive, Buhl, Idaho 83316, USA



It All Begins With A Dream

About Us

2022 Idaho Winery of the Year

Holesinsky Vineyard + Winery was the first of a growing trend in Idaho’s vineyards and wineries. It started with a dream and was brought to fruition by winemaker, James Holesinsky, to honor his father, Frank’s, lifelong dream.

With only the highest of artistic integrity, Holesinsky’s Vineyard and Winery creates some of the most versatile flavors and highest quality, award-winning wines in the Northwestern United States.

Each of our wines sing a song of passion, creativity, commitment, and a celebration of life and love. Taste the stories of the Holesinsky family with every sip.

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“When someone buys my wine, I want them to taste it and know that this is what wine is supposed to taste like”

– James “Hoser” Holesinsky


Born in Buhl, Idaho in 1978, James Holesinsky’s father raised him to be a chemist. Though James appreciated the efforts of his father, and the idea behind chemistry, he found his true calling in gardening and winemaking.

When Life Gives You Grapes…

The land on which the vineyard rests is the childhood home of James and his siblings: only until their house (the center for celebration throughout the community) set afire taking with it precious memories and family heirlooms. It was in this loss that James decided to reclaim the legacy of his family and rebuild a future for his parents, sisters, nieces, and nephews, and his own children. 

Pioneer. Visionary. Winemaker.

For most, entry into winemaking is a long process, consisting of years of formal education and hands-on work under the watchful eye of a mentor, and most winemakers never own their own vineyard. This was not the path James Holesinsky took into winemaking. James planted his initial vines in 2001, and then enrolled in the UC Davis Enology Extension Program—a program attended by notable Idaho Winemaker, and Jame’s classmate, St. Chappel’s own Meredith. 

While at UC Davis, James was introduced to the late French winemaker, and founder of Red Mountain AVA in Washington state, Michael Moore by UC Davis professor, Margaret Misser. 

I know someone just as crazy as you that you need to meet.

– Margaret Misser referring James to Moore

James left the UC Davis program after two years, and continued his education under the mentorship of Michael Moore. A veteran of the famous Napa Valley, Moore taught James the French arts of lees aging as well as vineyard trellising techniques. The secrets James learned during his time with Moore in Benton City are still employed in his winemaking today.

With minimal money and experience, James began his career in the Idaho Wine Industry—winning the Albertson’s Choice Award for his off-dry Riesling in 2006, despite his often stubborn, against-the-grain, and argumentative character. 

James was taught the value of relationships at an early age, and fostered relationships with surrounding vineyards and wineries from the start. One of these relationships granted James access to a bottling line before he could afford one of his own. James worked for the late Roger Jones of Carmela Winery in Glenns Ferry by day, and bottled his own wine at night. While at Carmela Winery, long-time friendships were forged with winemakers Neil Glancey and Jamie Stewart, who have provided him with a source of encouragement over the years.

Everything begins with a dream. James has a lot of them.

James began producing organic wines, free of sulfates, and received his official Organic Certification in 2006. Unfortunately, an organic label was still a novel concept and these wines were relegated to the less-than-prime sections of retail shelves.

The Initial Planting

Holesinsky’s Vineyard + Winery was established in 2001 with the planting of 1000 Chardonnay. In 2002 the vineyard grew with the addition of 3000 Syrah, 2000 Merlot and 200 Port (Sauzao, Tiuta Cao, Touragia); the growth continued in 2006 with 1000 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1000 Riesling and adding Muscat in 2007. James has proudly produced organically grown grapes for more than 20 years. The Vineyard is free of glysophates, chemicals and pesticides and does not use any synthetic fertilizers, weed-killers or fungicides.

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100% Pinot Noir


Buhljolias Sparkling Cuvée


IdaWine Red Blend


IdaPeach Sangria


Stainless Steal Chardonnay


IdaWine White Wine Blend


Unicorn Rosé of Syrah


100% Oaked Chardonnay


Buhljolias Rosé of Syrah


Unicorn Sparkle


Liquid Quack Sparkle Moscato


Billy Brew


Hoser Ice Wine


Hoser 12-Year Port


100% Malbec Holesinsky


Buhljolias Syrah Nouveau Carbonic


Della’s Ghost Reisling


IdaPeach Red Sangria


IdaPeach Sparkle


Unicorn Rosé of Syrah / 1.5 Litre Pouch


Oktopus Red Table Wine / 1.5 Litre Pouch


Della’s Ghost Reisling / 1.5 Litre Pouch


IdaPeach Peach Sangria / 1.5 Litre Pouch






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There’s no better way to learn about our wine than by tasting it yourself.

The wines produced at Holesinsky Vineyards are by no means average.
They sing songs of passion, creativity, commitment, and a celebration of life and love. Taste the stories of the Holesinsky family with every sip. 

Come visit our Tasting Room. We recommend swinging by during our regular business hours or calling and making an appointment—whichever works best with your schedule!

Explore our selection of wines, enjoy a glass, or buy a bottle (or more) to take home! We offer wine flights with our newest exclusive wines. Flights consist of 5 different wines, with 1–2 oz pours per wine. Take your Holesinsky screen printed wine glass home with you as a memento—it’s complimentary with your tasting! We do have local, Buhl, cheese to enjoy from Evans Farmstead Cheese. Salami and crackers are also available for purchase!

Come taste through our wide selection of standards and new releases.
We have something for everyone.


Holesinsky 3/4-Mile-High-Wine Club curates new-release
wines four times a year for your enjoyment.

The Casual Connoisseur*

• 6-bottle allocation 4X a year

10% off allocation + additional bottles may be purchased at a 10% discount

10% off Holesinsky Winery merchandise

• Access to Wine Dinners**

FREE entry to Holesinsky Winery events**

Special access to library releases and dessert wines

10% off glass pours during open winery hours

• Custom wine club swag

The Big Boss*

• 12-bottle allocation 4X a year

15% off allocation + additional bottles may be purchased at a 15% discount

10% off Holesinsky Winery merchandise

• Access to Wine Dinners**

FREE entry to Holesinsky Winery events**

Special access to library releases and dessert wines

10% off glass pours during open winery hours

• Invitation to quarterly barrel tasting with winemaker James Holesinsky

• Custom wine club swag

+ Membership Bonuses

FREE Local Pick-up

Rack Up Points—2 points for every dollar spent. Collect points for discounts, etc.

FREE Monthly Wine Tastings With a Friend on monthly flight options.

* One year membership required.
** Limited to any combination of three Wine Dinners and/or Holesinsky Winery Events of your choice.

Idaho Winery of the Year

2022 Savor NW Wine Awards

Join Us For Our Spring Wine Release

Our Spring Release wines are almost ready for you to enjoy. Join us on April 23rd to experience our new releases. Enjoy live music from Ellie Mae, dine with El Matador, and nibble snacks from Evans Farmstead and Sweet T’s. You don’t want to miss this family friendly event!


Let Us Handle The Details

Holesinsky Vineyard + Winery is the perfect backdrop for any event. Although we don’t host weddings, we do host a myriad of exciting events. We absolutely love hosting bachelorette parties and bridal showers. Specialty dinners and retirement parties are our specialty. If you’re looking for the ideal backdrop for your engagement photos or to capture those special family moments on film, we’ve got you covered. Ask us about our boujee picnics—the perfect date night or ladies night experience, guaranteed to wow your special someone or those amazing women in your life.

Bridal Showers, Retirement + Bachelorette Parties

Engagement Photos + Family Photos

Boujee Picnics + Date Nights

Contact Us


1498 Valley Steppe Drive

Buhl, Idaho 83316

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Ph: (208) 539-8360

Email: [email protected]


Fri 12pm–6pm
Sat 12pm–6pm
Sun 12pm–4pm
Mon –Thurs by appointment

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