Lewis-Clark Valley

  • Established in 2016
  • Formed by the Snake and Clearwater rivers, the Lewis-­Clark Valley AVA consists of canyon side and bench lands and 85,238 acres lie in Washington while 220,332 acres lie in Idaho. There are currently 9 acres under vine in Washington.
  • About 72% of the Lewis-­Clark Valley AVA is located in Idaho, the rest in Washington.
  • Known as the “banana belt,” the Lewis-­Clark Valley is known to be a temperate climate within the colder surrounding regions this produces high quality fruit trees such as peaches, apples, wine and table grapes. Currently, the Lewis-­Clark Valley AVA is home to 16 vineyards growing more than 81 acres of grapes.
  • The AVA would be the first and only AVA in Idaho or Washington to be nestled in the unique mountainous backbone of northern Idaho, the Bitterroot Mountains.
  • 14 varieties of red wine grapes and nine varieties of white wine grapes are currently grown and sold in the vineyards of the AVA.
  • The geology of the AVA has good planting areas that are easy to develop and contain air drainage characteristics, ideal for wine grapes. They also contain steep sides with shallow stony surficial cover for more classic and exotic vineyard sites.
  •  The Lewis-­Clark AVA is Washington’s fourth cross-­state AVA (others include Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge and Walla Walla Valley)
*Please credit all Lewis-Clark Valley AVA photos to Kim Fetrow and the Idaho Wine Commission