3 Horse Ranch
At the very edges of the Snake River Appellation sits a vineyard. Nestled in the Eagle Foothills, Gary and Martha Cunningham have carved a little piece ofheaven and are growing some of the valley’s best grapes. 3 Horse Ranch is an estate vineyard, and is transforming a stretch of ground from old grazing land to a beautiful green patch filled with row after row of vines. Best of all, they are certified 100% organic by the State of Idaho Department of Agriculture.
Gary and Martha started planting grapes in 2003, and each year they plant another 10 acres. Their first releases came in 2008 with a Viognier. Recently they’ve won two bronze medals at the Northwest Wine Summit in Oregon in May of 2009; not bad for a first release. The 2008 Estate Grown Chardonnay is a testament to the organic purity of their fruit, and the 2008 Reserve Rose´ combines Merlot and a Grenache is rich and perfect for a lazy afternoon lunch on the patio, or a fine meal. They also offer a fabulous 2007 Estate Grown Syrah, a Reserve Claret, a Reserve Cab/Merlot Blend, a 2008 Estate Grown Pinot Gris, a 2008 Estate Grown Roussanne, and an Estate Grown Roussanne/Viognier. For purchase visit their online store.
The Cinningham’s work hard to grow the best grapes possible. Organic farming is a bit more difficult, but it’s worth the effort. Martha says, “We live in the vineyard, and I dont’ want my family exposed to the chemicals. It’s better for us and it’s better for our wine.”
Take a trip with us, or on your own out to their tasting room. For directions and tasing room info, see their website. You’ll be happy you did.
Cheers and Good Cheer.