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Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Alliance

Lewis-Clark Valley winemakers are using locally grown wine grape varietals to craft bold, award-winning, premium wine. The Lewis-Clark Valley wine region encompasses 479 square miles with nearly 100 acres of grapes currently planted throughout the Lewis-Clark Valley and steep canyons of the Clearwater and mid-Snake Rivers and their tributaries. Vines were planted in the Lewis-Clark Valley as early as 1872. Varietals such as Petit Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc were cultivated. By 1908, 40 varieties of grapes were being cultivated. Two years later, Lewiston voted a ban on alcoholic beverages and the industry crashed. Most of the wine was turned into vinegar and winemaking virtually disappeared until the late 1990s. Today, winemakers in the Lewis-Clark Valley are using locally grown grapes to create wines that compete on the national market. In 2016, the Lewis-Clark Valley became an official AVA (American Viticultural Area).

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