An Old-World Grape in the New World

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The premier Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Festival toasts their heritage variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, which originated in the area back in the 1800s. The three-day celebration features winery events, Riedel glassware presentation, wine and history seminar, and the winemaker’s signature dinner event. Meet the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA’s best producers and winemakers as they highlight Cabernet Sauvignon paired beautifully with eclectic eats throughout the weekend.

The festival kicks-off Friday, April 5 and concludes on Sunday, April 7. All weekend long Lewis-Clark Valley wineries will open their doors and welcome fellow patrons to taste their wine, listen to live music, dine on local food, and discover the flavor of our region.

Lewis-Clark Valley AVA is the first and only wine region to be nestled in the unique mountainous backbone of the Bitterroot Mountains. With steep river canyons and plateaus, it is home to the lowest elevation vineyards spanning through both Idaho and Washington.

This region is considered part of the new frontier of wine-growing areas in the United States. But it actually has a long wine history. Grapes were introduced into the Clearwater Valley in 1872. Thanks to the pioneering efforts of two Frenchmen, Louis Delsol and Robert Schleicher, and one German immigrant, Jacob Schaefer, the region rapidly become known for its wines. Today, wine lovers, and wine judges, are consistently ranking Lewis-Clark Valley wines among the best of the best in Northwest competitions and beyond.

Purchase your wine festival event tickets and discover your next wine lover’s adventure in the Lewis-Clark Valley. All event participants must be 21 years of age. To learn more, go to