It has been more than 20 years since a young, energetic man arrived on the Idaho wine scene and helped begin to change the perception of wine being made in the Gem State.
Today, Greg Koenig is a veteran winemaker. He’s not necessarily considered part of the old guard, even if the slightest hint of silver is starting to show up in his hair. With his brother, Andy, he launched Koenig Distillery & Winery in the Sunnyslope Wine District in the mid-1990s and went to work reimagining an industry that, for the most part, was languishing in obscurity.
Though he is a graduate of famed University of Notre Dame and a classically trained architect, Koenig came to winemaking as a hobby and has little formal training – preferring to learn his craft on the job.
Today, Koenig is one of the most recognized and respected winemakers in Idaho.