Growing Grapes in Idaho

Commercial grape growing in Idaho is generally unfeasible because of the severely cold winters in the region. However, research has shown that some 63,000 acres of Idaho land are suitable for growing grapes, particularly varieties that can survive the cold climate in the region. These areas include Ada, Payette, Gem, the Canyon counties, Owyhee, Gooding, Idaho, and Nez Perce counties. Also, minimal grape production may also thrive in parts of the counties of Jerome, Cassia, Minidoka, Power, and Bannock. However, it is still estimated that once in seven winters, Idaho vineyards suffer from winter freeze. European varieties, such as the famous Vitis vinifera, are more susceptible to death in cold winters.

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