Why You Should Plan an Idaho Wine Trip



By Margaret Shakespeare Updated on August 24, 2022

The secret’s out about Idaho wine — and the Snake River Valley’s wine trail offers a scenic way to taste it.

Telaya Wine Co.

In 2008, Earl Sullivan left behind an international career in pharmaceuticals and made 50 cases of wine. In Idaho. He, along with his wife Carrie (a former veterinarian), decided to build a family business— making long-term contracts to buy the best grapes they could find, producing wine meant to age, and custom building an urban winery. Turas, a Snake River Valley (SRV) Syrah-based red blend, has become Telaya Wine Co.’s flagship wine. Sullivan vinifies other reds, such as Petit Verdot, but not Cabernet Sauvignon. “I don’t like Idaho Cab, stylistically, although other winemakers do,” he said. Smack on the hiking and biking Greenbelt overlooking the Boise River, the patio with an open firepit invites lingering over a flight, a glass or two, or perhaps a picnic — which tasters are welcome to bring along.