The Lewis Clark Valley is famous as a destination for Hells Canyon and outdoor adventure. It is becoming famous for its award-winning wine made from locally grown grapes. Experience what others have found to be the best up-and-coming wine region in the Northwest.
Explore Wine Country
The Lewis Clark Valley wine region borders Eastern Washington and North-Central Idaho at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. It is unpretentious and laid back, yet extremely serious about wine. There are 10 wineries in the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) consistently producing award-winning wine, mostly from locally grown or estate grapes. This isn’t surprising, because this area has a history of award-winning wine dating back before prohibition, to 1872. The area has a terroir and climate similar to the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions in France and is growing mainly Rhone, Bordeaux and Spanish varietals. The area is reminiscent of Napa Valley before the tourists, and you often meet the owner/winemaker in the tasting room and are offered a personal tour of the barrel room. Experience downtown tasting rooms, century farms and rural wineries offering views of the scenic Clearwater River, Craig Mountains and the entire Lewis Clark Valley.
Guided Wine Tours
Take a break from driving and enjoy the best the region has to offer with guided tours. Or pair your wine tour with a bit of adventure and book a plated Hells Canyon dinner cruise paired with local wines. Weave culture into your wine tasting experience with a Nimiipuu-guided narration of the history and culture of the lands’ original inhabitants.
The wineries in the region have been racking up a significant number of awards. Clearwater Canyon Cellars, 2020 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, is home of the “Empress of the Platinum” where their winemaker has accumulated 34 platinum awards, 6th on the all-time list according to “Great Northwest Wine.” Rivaura was named “Sip Magazine” Winery to Watch in 2022. Vine 46 was named the “Wine Press Northwest” 2021 Idaho Winery of the Year. Colter’s Creek was named the “Wine Press Northwest” 2020 Idaho Winery of the Year.
If craft brews are your passion, some of the Pacific Northwest’s best brews can be found in Lewis Clark Valley. Accompanied by wood-fired oven pizza, burgers, craft sodas and other delights, your tastebuds may never want to leave.
Savor the Region’s Culinary Delights
After a day of exploring vineyards and taprooms, an unforgettable meal is definitely on the menu. Foodies can delight in casual fine dining options that specialize in fresh, regional ingredients, handcrafted cocktails and local wines by the glass or bottle. Or explore the infamous local dives where a mouthwatering burger and a beer will make you want to come back for more. Bring your appetite and indulge your tastebuds in the Lewis Clark Valley!