Located In The Heart Of The Snake River Valley
Founded in 1987 in Idaho’s Snake River Valley, the estate vineyards surrounding Sawtooth Winery were once rich pastures owned by Charles Pintler. The Pintlers saw a greater potential in the steep, south sloping hills, and set out to grow wine grapes. Sawtooth Estate Winery and the Snake River Valley have gained increasing national acclaim for varietals such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo with winemaker Meredith Smith leading its program. Inside every bottle of Sawtooth lies the spirit of adventure, the mystique of Idaho, and the natural beauty that rests within the snowcapped mountains and crisp, clean rivers of the Snake River Valley.
As the most significant grower of wine grapes in the Snake River Valley, the 70-acre Sawtooth Estate and the 400-acre Skyline Vineyard provide a sought after source of quality grapes not just for Sawtooth Winery, but also for some of Idaho’s most acclaimed winemakers.
Meredith Smith, Winemaker
“It’s a privilege to work in an emerging wine region, and to be realizing the potential of the Snake River Valley wine, from Riesling and Chardonnay to incredible Syrah, Tempranillo and Malbec. We do it all.”
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IDAHO, A NEW FRONTIER FOR WINE
Idaho first started wine production in the 1860s in the northern part of the state. After prohibition, which halted commercial production, the industry was slow to return. Today the Snake River Valley – the state’s first AVA- has roughly 50 wineries and is home to a versatile and award-winning wine-growing region.
WHAT MAKES IDAHO GREAT
Perfect growing conditions
The unique combination of geography climate and sons found in Idaho’s vineyards produce grapes with outstanding varietal character.
Room to grow
With tens of thousands of viable vineyard acres, Idaho is what Washington was 20 years ago: emerging. Located southeast of Washington’s famed Walla Walla Valley AVA, Idaho’s potential for growth is soaring where other states are facing grape shortages.
New, outstanding press
Idaho wines have already garnered national acclaim in the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Sunset Magazine, and Wine & Spirits.
Riesling and so much more
With its 3,000-foot elevation, long growing season and diurnal shift, Riesling is rampant in Idaho.
IDAHO WINE COUNTRY
The first vineyards in the Pacific Northwest were planted in 1864 in the Clearwater Valley in Northern Idaho.
Ancient volcanic sediment has bestowed rich, fertile, well-draining soil.
Very similar to Washington’s Columbia Valley. Cold winters and long, warm summer dam allow for an ideal growing season, producing grapes with structure and balance.
Four Distinctive Seasons
Vinifera grapes thrive in this distinct four-season climate. The characteristic cold winters, which might first seem a disadvantage, are in fact quite conducive, allowing vines to go dormant, to rust and conserve important carbohydrates for the coming season, all the while, ridding plants of bugs and discouraging disease. In addition, the region’s summer combination of cold nights and warm days help balance the grape acids and sugar levels favorably.
Home to the Sawtooth and Skyline Vineyards, elevations range up to 3,500 feet and are higher than any others in the Northwest the soil is comprised of primarily volcanic ash. Long daylight hours and cool summer evenings create the perfect growing conditions for grapes with purity of fruit and brilliant aromatics.
This 70-acre estate vineyard for Sawtooth is a warm, sloped vineyard with excellent drainage of Seism 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. 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 Roussanne, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, and Syrah. The award-winning reds and Chardonnay originate from this vineyard.
The largest vineyard in Idaho, the 400-acre, Skyline vineyard supplies Sawtooth Winery and Idaho’s boutique wineries. Set at 2,500 feet, its many micro-climates differ greatly at the site, allowing for a wide selection of varietal, to be planted, from aromatic whites to Spanish reds. Sawtooth’s award-winning Riesling comes from Skyline Vineyard. The south and west facing slopes are the warmer areas of the vineyard, better suited for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The cast and north facing slopes arc cooler and suited to Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
Our estate collection priced for everyday enjoyment. You can find our well-balanced, approachable wines in high-end retailers, markets, and your favorite restaurants.
As limited production wines (roughly 250 cases per year), these wines represent the best of the harvest. Reds often receive extra aging and French oak for depth of character.
An homage to the local time-honored tradition of fly fishing and to the nearby rivers that surround our winemaking region, these extremely limited edition wines are only in our tasting room.
An homage to the local time-honored tradition of fly fishing and to the nearby rivers that surround our winemaking region, these extremely limited edition wines are only in our tasting room. Find them at your local grocer!
Sawtooth Winery opens Vino Camp site outside Canyon County tasting room
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This summer you can combine your passion for camping and wine tasting with an overnight stay in the heart of Idaho wine country.
The Sawtooth Wine Club opens the door to exclusive member pricing on award-winning wines, special members-only events, members-only wine flight discounts, and early access to new wine releases and additional winery activities.
• Complimentary 1/2 glass of wine during each visit
• Invitations to exclusive, members-only private events
• Advance access to wines with limited distribution
• Special pricing on custom private group events and tastings
• Buy one, get one free on our wine tasting flights, also honored at our sister wineries (up to 4 guests)
• Two free tickets to our quarterly wine club release parties
• Discounted admission for Sawtooth Winery-hosted events
• Member-only notifications for time-sensitive, deep-discount promotions
• Subscription to the Sawtooth Wine Club newsletter
• Concierge service for Treasure Valley hotels and restaurants
• “Thank you” gift for referrals resulting in wine club signups
NEW! MIMOSA CLUB
WELCOME TO SAWTOOTH
Nestled in the Snake River Valley, our boutique-style and Estate Winery create an idyllic environment that encourages visitors to sit back, relax and unwind in Idaho’s Wine Country. Sawtooth Winery produces award-winning, high-quality wines at a tremendous value as well as limited-production wine club releases and premium tasting-room exclusives.
Already acclaimed for its “US Best Riesling” in Wine & Spirits, a Top 100 Best Buy of the Year for its Riesling in Wine Enthusiast; a 91-point and Top 100 Best Buy Syrah in Wine & Spirits; and numerous gold medals from the Idaho Wine Competition. Winemaker, Meredith Smith, is making a name for herself while drawing national esteem for Idaho wine.
With spectacular views of the Owyhee Mountains from our vineyard, we offer interactive and educational experiences in an authentic and relaxed wine country atmosphere.
Sawtooth Winery Video Tour
Come along and experience the Sawtooth Winery located in the heart of Idaho’s Snake River Valley wine country.
SHOP US ONLINE
Make Sawtooth Winery your private party destination in Caldwell, Idaho. From our rustic Canoe Room to our gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the Snake River Valley—we have the space to accommodate all your event needs. Whether it’s a birthday, shower, anniversary or corporate meeting—we look forward to hosting your special day and serving you award-winning Sawtooth wines.
Full buyout of our entire facility after hours including our Main Tasting Room, Canoe Room and outdoor patio.
Max Capacity: 125
After-Business Hours: 6pm – 10pm
Our Canoe Room is a private dining or board room available for rent during business hours. The Canoe Room also has a small private patio.
Max Capacity: 26
• On-site parking
• Main & private patios
• Indoor fireplace & outdoor fire pit
• Two handicapped accessible bathrooms
A list of preferred vendors is available upon request. Catering and other rentals must be booked through a preferred vendor.
For a site tour, or to learn more about our capabilities, pricing and preferred vendors, please contact Kelli Geselle at [email protected] or (208) 467-1200
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19348 Lowell Road, Building C
Caldwell, Idaho 83607
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