Encouraging Winery Development in Gem County
The rich, volcanic soil of Idaho serves as the perfect resource for winegrowers who want to produce delicious grapes for wine production. Connoisseurs can find a wide assortment of wine varieties in vineyards across the state. From hearty Cabernets to the ever-popular Merlots, Idaho produces a delicious array of lauded, artisan wines. While we always encourage local residents to support Idaho small business owners, we also strive to encourage the development of new wineries and vineyards at home in Gem County.
Building a vineyard and creating a winery takes a healthy amount of financial investment. Researching potential spots for winery development often takes years, as business owners attempt to find the ideal location for their grape and wine production. Among the many factors to consider are both the local climate and the soil quality. Vineyards need to pay close attention to these variables, as the final wine product and the unique notes that define it will serve as a direct reflection of the growing conditions.
The Gem County Chamber of Commerce works to encourage agricultural development in our region. Not only does the creation of wineries and vineyards help to spur local economic growth, but it also serves as an attraction for tourism. Wine enthusiasts travel far and wide to sample the wares of specialty grape growers, in turn patronizing other businesses in the region. Many wineries feature special events and tours, which help draw in these visitors. During these visits, tourists can learn more about the wine growing industry, bolster their knowledge of food and wine pairings, and take home a few bottles to share with friends and family.
Not only do we look to support the winemakers and vineyards of Gem County, but we encourage collaboration between these artisans and the viticulture specialists in our local academic institutions. This unique partnership helps provide our local students with learning opportunities, while vineyard owners benefit from the scientific know-how of leading researchers. These unions are yet another example of the incredible sense of community shared across the various areas of Gem County.
Perhaps best of all, Gem County is also home to dairy producers, livestock farmers, and a plethora of different crops. Pairing together the fruits of laborers across our region results in a harmonious union that brings foodies to their knees. Local residents have the opportunity to try the decadent products of our local farmers at events like the Cherry Festival and the Harvest Festival in Emmett. Many towns in our area also hold regular farmers markets, where artisan producers and buyers have the chance to mingle among one another.
For your next special meal or event, forget looking to the fields of France or California for a celebratory bottle of fine wine. Instead, consider supporting some of the local winemakers who work to bring their unparalleled products to the market. Not only do these wines carry a taste of home, but many of them are produced in limited quantities. This makes enjoying a Gem County wine an experience you won’t soon forget.
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