16473 Chicken Dinner Rd, Caldwell, Idaho 83607, USA
A Premier Idaho Winery Emerges
Welcome to our Idaho estate vineyard and artisan winery, located in Southern Idaho’s Snake River Valley AVA along the Sunnyslope Wine Trail. You’ll find Huston Vineyards on Chicken Dinner Road, adjacent to the historic town of Huston, Idaho. As farmers, first of all, our wines begin in the vineyards, whether one of our estate vineyards or a specially-selected vineyard, which might bring a unique terroir component to our wines. Each site is carefully farmed and personally managed to ensure the premium quality of our handcrafted, small lot varietal wines. Every year, 30 to 40 different small lots are carefully watched over in the vineyard and winery, ensuring that the very best of the Snake River Valley is bottled in each vintage. The Snake River Valley’s long and abundant growing history stems from our rich volcanic soils, intense sunlight, and warm, dry temperatures—and proximity to the Snake River. Fruit is ripened by the warm growing season, as well as the diurnal shift offering cool nights—preserving acids and creating fruit-forward wines with outstanding structure. Visit us, and enjoy what’s pouring at the winery—on Chicken Dinner Road, the gateway to the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, in the heart of the Snake River Valley AVA.
Great Wine, Great Foods, Great Friends, the Best of Times.
— Gregg & Mary Alger, farmers, winemakers, owners & parents
ABOUT OUR VINEYARDS & WINES
We have more tales to tell!
Our estate vineyards are well-tended, nourished by the abundant sunshine of the Snake River Valley. Our piece of earth has many factors in its favor: rich, volcanic soil; over 2,500 feet in elevation; a long growing season, with the diurnal shifts of warm days and cool nights; and an arid climate, with ample storage water for irrigation. This complex combination produces grapes with outstanding varietal character. All these nuances are reflected in our wine, as our objective is to produce premium wines that highlight the fruit. This is revealed in the aroma, texture, and flavor. “Terroir”, a French term, is described as the force of a regional character. With the long, fertile history of the Snake River Valley, and the success of world-class wines coming from our region, the future is as bright as our Southern Idaho sun.
Our piece of earth is insulated by the Snake River, with a backdrop of panoramic mountains and vistas. Long-existing fruit orchards, and numerous acres of specialty crops surround us. The valley’s first substantial vineyard plantings are about 50 years old, but the fertile growing history extends much further. A range of vineyards cross the valley, with variances in slope, microclimate, and soil. The first estate vineyard was made up of exclusively red varietal plantings, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Malbec. Additional varietal and other blocks will be planted over the next few years to incorporate the diversity of soil types and structure that is located within the AVA.
Each year there is a grand celebration of the harvest held at the winery and vineyard; a day of celebration that is not soon forgotten. A start to the morning with fresh brewed coffee, followed by a hay ride out to the vineyards, cut some grapes and compete against your closest friends, back onto the tractor and hay wagon for a much anticipated local Idaho food feast with your favorite Huston wine, afterwards. Experience an old-world crush—no shoes allowed! Full day in Idaho wine country… our way of life!
OUR SNAKE RIVER VALLEY GRAPES
Along the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, meandering through the Snake River Valley AVA, are an array of vineyards all with different row orientations, soil structure, canopy systems, slope and slope orientation, each contributing in their own way to the unique terroir of the wines. We have diligently selected unique sites to add individuality and complexity to our wines for multiple reasons; we work very closely with each vineyard in insuring everything is grown and managed to our own criteria. At harvest our red varietals are all hand–harvested, insuring that each cluster has ripened evenly and fully and is disease free before making its way into the harvest bin. Our aromatic whites are machine harvested, allowing us to pick late into the night, insuring that the fruit arrives in the winery ready for press and at a cool temperature.
EXPLORE OUR WINES BY TIER
We welcome guests to our tasting facility. In order to ensure availability, please make a reservation for the desired date and time and we will do our best to accommodate your request. We will accommodate groups of 6 or more earlier. Tastings at 10 am and 11 am will be available.
Huston Vineyards is committed to providing service in the capacity our customers are most comfortable with and will also continue with Barnside pick up, local delivery and shipping. To place an order call 208.455.7975, or order through our
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PAIRING LOCAL FOOD & WINE WITH FARM-TO-FORK
Farm-to-Fork, Farm-to-cork—there is life when you bring together the locally grown food and pair it with the wine that is grown in the same soil. In the Old World, this has been taking place daily for 100’s of years. We start with the outstanding fruit of the Snake River Valley—grapes that are ripened by the sun and balanced by the cooler evenings. We are so fortunate to have abundant local sources in the valley for produce, meat and other fine edibles—along with the chefs who have the skills and creativity to maximize flavor and the overall dining experience. Pairing our different varietals with local food brings out some magic for both, in flavor, aroma, and texture. The weight of the food is a good starting point to the pairing concept—as in a heavy roast with a Cabernet Sauvignon. From there, it expands to objective measures of taste, like acidity or sweetness. Strategies for pairing can include goals to contrast, or to complement. Our goal is to always make it accessible to our guests, sharing how the enjoyment of a particular food and its preparation can be enhanced when paired with a certain wine.
“Braised Elk, meet Petite Sirah. Dry Riesling, meet Asparagus Chevre Tart.” The marriage of food and wine, and the collaboration of chef and winemaker, is one backed by stories of the ingredient’s origin, or perhaps transformation. And we love a good story—and love sharing them with you. Some of the area’s best chefs have joined us here at Huston Vineyards, offering memorable gastronomic evenings for our guests. Our wines have been paired with pork, and with paella (“pie-ay-ya”—a Spanish and Basque specialty). Our wines have teamed up with trout, tenderloin, sturgeon, and truffles. Charcuterie and our Chicken Dinner? Perfectly paired!
Along with actively supporting Farm-to-Fork happenings at Huston Vineyards and out in the community, we also enjoy our relationships with restaurants who daily serve up the best in fresh, local fare. Check our Wine Finder to find other restaurants that serve Huston Vineyards SRV Series wines and appreciate the Farm-to-Fork experience.
POURING IT ON IN OUR COMMUNITY
We are immersed in our local community. We love sharing our pours of Huston Vineyard wines for all to sample and enjoy. We love celebrating the story of Snake River Valley wines, and how our own vineyard and winery came to the table. We are active participants with the Idaho Wine Commission and their events, like the annual “Savor Idaho”, a celebration with samplings of the best in local food and wine, and an always-sells-out event.
Along with hosting events at our vineyard, like World Malbec Day, farm-to-table dinners, and wine release parties, we are regular participants in Sunnyslope Wine Trail events. The wineries of the valley regularly come together and play host to collective celebrations that make traveling from winery to winery an extra special treat. The most popular annual events occur on the weekends surrounding holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mardis Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Thanksgiving. Find information about these events on our Calendar.
The wineries of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail also participate in annual events like Wine & Art in the Park, each May in Marsing. The Sunnyslope Wine Trail Festival occurs in August in downtown Caldwell, Idaho at the Caldwell Train Depot, with an afternoon of music, wines from the Trail, and lots of delicious, local food offerings.
We are also pouring on Saturdays from spring to fall at Downtown Boise’s Capital City Market. Find us from 9:30am–1:30pm in front of the Matador restaurant. We also love opportunities to share our wine at tastings at wine specialty shops like the Boise Co-Op, and at grocer’s wine departments, like Albertsons. You’ll find us at events in Southern Idaho and beyond, where an invitation to share our wine gets us out on the road, beyond our own Chicken Dinner Road. Just look for the big red “H”.
The REAL Story Behind Huston Vineyards Chicken Dinner Wines
There are several different versions of how Chicken Dinner Rd in Idaho’s wine region – Snake River Valley AVA – got its name. Mary Huston, co-owner of Huston Vineyards shares the REAL story.
JOIN OUR WINE CLUB
As a member of the Chicken Dinner Circle you will enjoy many benefits including:
• Three Wine Releases Each Year
• February Release – Chicken Dinner White and Huston White Varietals
• June Release – 2 Huston Vineyards Single Varietals
• September Release – Chicken Dinner Red and Huston Red Varietals
SELECT YOUR CIRCLE:
• Mixed Flock – 8 bottles/year both Whites & Reds
• White Flock – 8 bottles/year all White Varietals
• Red Flock – 8 bottles/year all Red Varietals
• Additional purchases receive a 10% discount on wines including:
• Chicken Dinner Red
• Chicken Dinner White
• Huston Vineyards Varietals
• Huston Vineyards Reserve Wines
• Receive 20% discount on Full Case Purchase of Chicken Dinner Wine (Mix & Match Chicken Dinner Red, White, and Rosé)
• Receive 10% discount on all Merchandise
• Receive complimentary tasting– 2 people per visit
• Receive discounted tastings on special occasions
• Receive discounted ticket prices for special events including Winemaker Dinners and Winery Events
• Invitation to Huston Vineyards Harvest Party
• Invitation to Wine Club Special Events
Minimum 1 full year commitment with a minimum of 30 days cancellation notice to Huston Vineyards prior to a shipment.
Choose a membership option to learn more and purchase your membership online.
16473 Chicken Dinner Rd.
Caldwell, Idaho 83607
Email: [email protected]
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