I recently had the opportunity to sample some amazing wines from a region that I didn't even know existed. The wines ranged from delightfully dry Merlots and Syrahs to light and fruity whites, including my favorite Rhine wine: Riesling. There are more than fifty wineries scattered across four regions of the state. In 2013, they collectively produced more than 200,000 cases of wine.
According to the Idaho Wine Commission, grapes for wine were first produced in the state in the 1860s, but 17 years of Prohibition shuttered the fledgling industry. It was not until the mid-1970s that grapes again were planted amid the microclimates tucked away in the scenic valleys and foothills of the Gem State.
Other than the wine, Boise has quite a bit to offer. It has energy, plenty of outdoor activity and is the ideal place to start your Idaho adventure.