19348 Lowell Rd, Caldwell, Idaho 83607, USA
STE. CHAPELLE WINERY
Idaho’s Largest & Oldest Operating Winery
In 1975, Ste. Chapelle brought new luster to Idaho winemaking, with a commitment to fine winemaking using grapes planted among the sweeping orchards of southwestern Idaho in the Snake River Valley AVA. It has grown to become the largest winery in Idaho and a hometown favorite!
“Outstanding” – Food & Wine Magazine
Ste. Chapelle Winery
Courtesy of the Idaho Wine Commission
Founded in 1975 in Emmett, Idaho, Ste. Chapelle is well known for producing outstanding wines from the Snake River Valley appellation. Moved to its present facility in 1978, the winery grew quickly, producing Riesling and Chardonnay as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Its popular “Soft” series continues to expand with offerings of Soft Red, Soft White and Soft Huckleberry.
Total Production Capability
60 tanks (1,000 to 27,000 gallon)
Unique Tools and Technology
The winery has several large sloped bottom red fermenters, a high-speed bottling line, and other equipment to remove solids and stop fermentation as needed. We have an in-house lab to run most analyses and we confirm bottling sterility with daily cultures. Orion Wine Software allows our winemaking team to seamlessly issue and track work orders.
Our quality control program features rigorous practices that ensure highest quality and consistency of products.
We continue to work with our growers to maximize the quality of our fruit, have the benefit of parent company ownership of one of the best vineyards in the state (Skyline)–ensuring our consistent and excellent grape supply, and we collaborate and promote Idaho wine alongside peer producers through the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission.
Meet Meredith Smith
Award-winning winemaker and Idaho native Meredith Smith has been immersed in Snake River Valley viticulture and winemaking since 2009. Walla Walla-trained in winemaking and wine grape-growing, she brings her skill and artistry to build on Ste. Chapelle’s legacy.
Meredith Smith is the winemaker of Ste. Chapelle Winery, Idaho’s largest and oldest continuous running winery. She joined Ste. Chapelle for the 2016 harvest, after working for seven years in the Snake River Valley wine industry at Sawtooth Winery.
Although she long enjoyed wine, it wasn’t until Meredith read a quote in 2006, “Pay attention to what you pay attention to,” that she left behind careers in real estate development and accounting to pursue wine-making. “Almost all my books and magazines subscriptions were wine and viticulture-related, so I enrolled in the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Program,” she says.
She graduated with a Viticulture Certificate and jumped in at Sawtooth Winery to work its 2009 harvest. Within months, she was promoted to Assistant Winemaker and again in 2013, to Associate Winemaker. In 2010, Meredith took on concurrent work as a viticulture technician for both Skyline and Sawtooth Vineyard (Idaho’s largest vineyards) to estimate yields and track vineyard statistics. Meredith says she felt fortunate to be mentored in winemaking at Sawtooth Winery, also in the Snake River Valley near Ste. Chapelle. “I also felt privileged to work in the vineyard with so many different varieties and clones, gather facts on all these and see the results in the wines we make,” she says.
“Pay attention to what
you pay attention to.”
Her favorite wine to make is Chardonnay for the challenge of standing out, given its popularity, many styles and critical subjectivity. She also enjoys making Rhone varietal wines. She finds the Snake River Valley AVA a promising region for Rhone varietals; she and many other area winemakers realize the potential and resulting wines. The Snake River Valley AVA is unique in that its different varietals have consistently resulted in great wine, she says. In addition to growing great fruit, Idahoans enjoy living in a beautiful outdoor Mecca that offers numerous activities year round.
When Meredith isn’t making wine, you’ll find this mom and outdoors enthusiast skiing, mountain biking, trail running, hiking, backpacking and fly fishing. She also loves cooking, music, and dogs.
An Idaho Tradition
Idaho is one of America’s oldest wine-growing regions west of the Mississippi River. Long, warm days and cool, crisp nights coupled with high elevations and volcanic, loam-covered soils make this region one of a kind.
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Our Welcoming Culture.
Perfect growing conditions
The unique combination of geography, climate and soils found in Idaho’s vineyards produce grapes with outstanding varietal character.
Room to grow
With tens of thousands of potential vineyard acreage, 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 Enthusiast, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Sunset Magazine, Wine & Spirits, and Wine Spectator.
Riesling and so much more
With its 3,000-foot-plus elevation, long growing season and dramatic diurnal shift, Idaho excels at Riesling, Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot and much more.
Most Idaho-produced wine sells from $15-25, yet the resulting high acclaim coming from the Snake River Valley competes on quality with pricier, non-Idaho wine.
• Snake River Valley overlays the ancient Lake Idaho bed, which creates its natural boundaries.
• The result is a distinctive grape growing region whose ancient flood and volcanic sediment have bestowed fertile, well-draining soils that give growers better control throughout the grape growing process.
• This soil contributes to a unique terroir and in the hands of our talented winemakers, consistently delivers wines that reflect and capture the essence of the Snake River Valley.
Snake River Valley AVA
“The Snake River Valley AVA is already a magical place, with panoramic views, diverse agriculture and award winning, food-friendly wines that deserve a place at any wine lover’s table.”
– Wine Enthusiast’s Ben Weinberg
What makes this AVA unique?
• The Snake River flows into the Columbia Valley, creating a similar insulating “river effect” to that of Washington State.
• Vineyard elevations reaching nearly 3,000 ft above sea level – Some of the highest in the US.
• Encompasses more than 8,000 square miles in Southwestern Idaho within 1 degree latitude of both Bordeaux and Alsace.
• Moderate climate with limited precipitation.
• The only AVA in Idaho – Established in 2007.
• Ancient lake beds formed 4 million years ago.
Going inside Idaho’s biggest wineries
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June is Idaho wine month. A few years ago, Mark Johnson took on a tour of Saint Chappelle in the Sunnyslope region of southwest Idaho in Marsing.
With high elevations, loamy volcanic soils, and dramatic diurnal temperature shifts, Idaho is a unique growing region that has been producing vinifera grapes since 1865. More than a century ago, these Northwest wine pioneers were garnering national awards until prohibition brought Idaho’s wine production to a screeching halt. Rebuilding that legacy from the 1970s on, Idaho has reemerged as a distinctive wine region capturing national attention. Ste. Chapelle Wines are leading the charge in bringing Idaho wines to the world!
The Chateau Series offers a vast variety of approachable wines, perfect for everyday drinking and an introduction into Idaho’s expansive wine portfolio.
Snake River Valley Series
The Snake River Valley Series offer balanced, well-structured wines that are an expression of Idaho’s unique terroir.
Ste Chapelle Spritz
Ste. Chapelle Spritz, Effervescent Wine, bridges the hottest trends in alcoholic beverage: spiked seltzer and canned wine. Ste. Chapelle enters the national market with canned wine, bringing Idaho wine to the country’s attention.
Love Idaho Series
The “Love Idaho” Wines represent the next generation of Idaho wine. Fun and easy drinking, with fresh, colorful, eye-catching packaging, the wines pay homage to the beauty and splendor of the Gem State from its imposing mountain peaks to the shores of its majestic lakes and rivers.
Panoramic and Treasure Valley Series
Our Reserve Series wines represent the highest tier of Ste. Chapelle Wines. They are primarily exclusive to the Tasting Room and represent some of the finest quality wines coming from the region.
MORE PRODUCTS & RESOURCES
• WINE PACKAGES & SPECIALS
• OPEN AIR
• TREASURE VALLEY SPARKLING WINES
• CHATEAU SERIES
• LOVE IDAHO
• SPRITZ CANNED WINES
• WINE TOOLS & ACCESSORIES
• WEDDING GIFTS
• GIFT CARDS
Ste. Chapelle Tasting Room
Inspired by the famed Ste. Chapelle medieval Gothic chapel in France, our picturesque tasting room is open daily. We welcome receptions and private event bookings on our mezzanine and on our scenic grounds.
Re-Opening Update & New Guidelines
We have been adapting to the new normal and working hard to provide you with all up-to-date information around COVID-19 as we follow the advice provided by our local, state and federal health departments. Below are these new guidelines to consider when visiting Ste. Chapelle Winery.
Ste. Chapelle Winery has served as Idaho’s wine-loving destination for generations. Ste. Chapelle has been a pillar of the Idaho wine community, offering wine education, a popular Sunday summer concert series and a home-away-from-home for our loyal wine club members.
In 2020, Ste. Chapelle celebrates 45 Years of Idaho Winemaking, a premier honor that we’d like to celebrate with our friends and family. Join us for the Summer of Wine and discover what’s in store for many years to come at Ste. Chapelle!
JOIN THE CLUB
Experience a wide range of outstanding wines from the world’s most exciting emerging appellation, the Snake River Valley. Warm days and cool nights provide a perfect growing climate to ripen classic grape varieties to perfection. Enjoy elegant white wines and substantial red wines delivered to your door every other month.
• All members receive a Welcome Kit
• Exclusive invitations to member events
• Special early access to new and early-release wines
• Buy one/get one complimentary on all flights
• Discounted admission to all events and concerts
• Additional savings on case purchases
A selection of wines handpicked from Winemaker Meredith Smith, featuring Open Air and Treasure Valley sparkling selections. Members receive four bottles of wine—a mix of red and white still and sparkling wines, six times per year and may switch out selections for wines of equal or greater value.
Panoramic Tier – Mixed
These limited-release selections from Winemaker Meredith Smith feature the best of the Snake River Valley. Members receive four bottles of wine—a mix of red and whites, six times per year and may switch out selections for wines of equal or greater value.
The club that allows you to choose the wines you enjoy, when you want to receive them! Simply enroll with your purchase of a case of wine and you will receive an immediate 20% discount. With the purchase of your second case (and a subsequent case purchases), you will receive a 25% discount.
Get Married @ Ste. Chapelle
Located in the heart of Idaho wine country, Ste. Chapelle Winery is nestled between grapevines and orchards with views of the famous Snake River and offers the perfect location for your wedding and reception. Spend your celebration in our beautifully landscaped park that includes a lighted gazebo, bridal suite and panoramic views of the sunset! For your indoor event, Ste. Chapelle offers a lovely banquet room with cathedral ceilings. It overlooks the vineyards, the orchards of Sunny Slope, the Snake River and the Owyhee Mountains.
Ste. Chapelle Winery Idaho Wedding Highlight Trailer
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The Chateau Banquet Room
The Chateau Banquet Room overlooks the Snake River Valley, Owyhee Mountains, Lizard Butte and many orchards and vineyards. We have recreated the airy feel of La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, with its high, bright cathedral-style windows, vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows.
Chateau Room Rental Includes
20% discount on wine
Two wine servers and liaisons
Refrigerator and kitchen
Accommodates up to 65 guests
Intimate setting with beautiful furnishings
Chateau Room Rental Hours
Every day: Noon – 11 p.m.
Our Vineyard Park is landscaped with large shade trees. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding orchards and vineyards, framed by picturesque sunsets that will make for an unforgettable event.
Vineyard Park Rental Includes
13 round tables, 4 banquet tables, 100 chairs
Bricked stage with lighting can be used as a dance floor
Bridal suite for the bridal party
20% discounts on cases of wine
Two wine servers and liaisons
Accommodates up to 600 guests
Vineyard Park Rental Hours
Wednesday–Sunday: Noon – 11 p.m.
Our Private Events specialist would be thrilled to give you further information.
Please contact our tasting room at 208-453-7840 for pricing, amenities and appointments.
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STE. CHAPELLE WINERY
19348 Lowell Road
Caldwell, Idaho 83607
Ph: (208) 453-7843
Email: [email protected]
Winter Hours (October-March)
Sunday–Friday 11-5 p.m.
Saturday 11-6 p.m.
Summer Hours (April-October)
Monday–Thursday 10-5 p.m.
Friday 10-6 p.m.
Saturday 10-7 p.m.
Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Tasting Room Hours
Open daily from 11am to 5pm
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