Colter's Creek


Our goal is to grow grapes sustainably and create estate wines unique to our region.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Juliaetta, Idaho.


  • Our goal is to grow grapes sustainably and create estate wines unique to our region.

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Melissa studied wine chemistry and sensory science in graduate school at Washington State University and now applies it to winemaking. Mike, a University of Idaho alum and a self-proclaimed “engineering geek," enjoys designing both winery and vineyard systems, as well as developing interesting cuisine in our restaurant.


Founded in 2007.

Practices & Techniques

Colter's Creek Winery produces quality wines form happy vines with the least environmental impact as possible. We focus on incorporating sustainable practices in both the vineyard and winery to reduce energy needs, sustain the soil, and minimize or reuse waste.


20-30% of our irrigation water is solar pumped. We use solar direct pumping to eliminate the use of batteries. When it is sunny our vines need water, and our pumps are working their hardest. Better wines are produced from deficit irrigated vines. We irrigate with low-pressure drip lines, and can very accurately apply water directly to the root zone to control growth, and minimize evaporation.


We compost all of our vine trimmings, grape must, stems, and pomace, re-applying it directly to the vines. This improves our soil, and reduces the amount of fertilizer brought in from outside the vineyard. We collect winery process water, settle and stabilize it to reduce BOD, and re-apply to vines it through our drip irrigation system.


Our winery building and barrel storage areas are super-insulated, and heating/cooling is accomplished by a ground-source heat pump, the most efficient form of heating and cooling available. Our cellar is a concrete bunker dug into the hillside, offering stable temperatures year-round.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Sawtooth/Skyline Vineyards: Located in the Sunny slope region of the Snake River Valley.

Williamson Vineyards: Located in the Sunnyslope region of the Snake River Valley and has been family-owned since 1900.

Arnett Vineyards: Located in Clarkston, Washington within the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. Owned and operated by Jim and Dana Arnett.

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Thu: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fri-Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm WE WILL BE CLOSED DEC. 24TH, DEC. 25TH, AND JAN 1ST.


308 Main Street
Juliaetta, Idaho 83535
United States

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