I had the opportunity to visit several wineries during my last visit to Boise Idaho and have to say there are some great wines being produced in the Snake River AVA . There is one that truly stood out, Fujishin Family Cellars.
My first impression was I missed the winery altogether. I did not see the Fujishin Winery sign located directly under the Robinson Fruit Ranch sign. Do not make the same mistake and pass this winery up. Luckily my trusty GPS guided me to its location.
I was slightly sidetracked with taking pictures of the tractors outside before finally heading inside the tasting room. I was quickly greeted by the owner and winemaker, Martin Fujishin. It was love at first sight. Martin has passion for making great wines and I have a love for drinking them. I was lucky to go on a Friday in February and not in the busy summer season. This provided me the opportunity to visit Martin and it was apparent he loved what he was doing. Martin gained his experience working with other great wineries in the region including Koenig Winery and Bitner Vineyards, both of which I had the pleasure of visiting during my first visit to Boise.
I found myself deep in conversation and tasting wine in no time. It is no wonder when you have someone this happy pouring you wine, I mean seriously, look at the smile on his face! Somehow two hours had passed in a blink of an eye and I needed to pick Tammilee up. This did not stop me from picking up several bottles for the trip back home.
Fijushin Winery is located at:
15593 Sunnyslope Road
Caldwell, ID 83607
This will put you in the heart of the Snake River AVA where you will have the opportunity to visit numerous great wineries in the region. It is easy to make a full day out of visiting as many different tasting rooms as you like. Enjoy!
Some other great wineries located in the Snake River Ava