Idaho Wine Country Pt. 1

Reported by: Melissa Hackney
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Updated: 11/22/2013 11:21 am
 "I think Idaho wines are on the cusp of nationwide success,” said Beth Ringert from Cold Springs Winery in Buhl, ID. 

The Gem State’s modern wine industry started in the mid-1970’s and it’s taken many years for their wines to begin receiving recognition. 

For the Ringert family it all started in 1998 when they planted their first grapes.  After five years, when the grapes became mature enough, they bottled their first wine. 

"For our family I think it was difficult in the beginning,” said Ringert.  “It's a huge learning process to begin with, so we've planted some grapes now what do we do with them."

Now ten years later they have 33 acres of grapes and ten varietals of wine.

"I think we've gained huge popularity within the last four years in Idaho and we are starting to branch out from there,” said Ringert. 

Idaho is known for being a great wine growing region with its unique combination of geography, climate and soils. 

"We can't grow all varietals here, but the ones that we do perform really well,” explained Ringert.

But there can be years when the weather can actually hinder the crop and with climate change, there have been reports of a possible wine shortage in the future. 

"When you are growing grapes you really understand how important climate is and all of the things that are involved with getting that tiny, little grape into a bottle of wine,” said Ringert.   

Idaho now has close to 50 wineries and counting. 

"It's become much more popular for people to want to try Idaho wines,” said Ringert.  “We have been producing really good wine and it's starting to show and people have been interested in tasting it and it's become much more successful."

The hope for the Idaho wine industry is that it continues to grow and gain popularity. 

"California look out- Idaho is coming for you- We are coming for you,” laughed Ringert. 

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