How to Get Around the Sunnyslope Wine Trail
While it’s easy to drive around the trail yourself, I highly recommend getting a driver. After all, you will be tasting wines throughout the region and probably won’t stay too sober! We got to take Idaho Town Car, which is a great local company that specializes in car rentals for tours and special events. Our driver was amazing and he knew the region and our itinerary perfectly.
The car was spacious for the two of us, but if you have a bigger group you might want to see if they have larger cars or book a tour on a larger bus through Idaho Wine Tours.
Stop 1: Koenig Vineyards
This winery was a wonderful place to go for our first stop. With Austrian influence, this was one of the first wineries in the region. It was started by two brothers, Greg Koenig and Andrew who grew up in Tirol, Austria and wanted to bring a little Austria to Idaho. The entire castle-like winery was beautiful and from the top of the outside staircase we could see vineyards and the rest of the Snake River Valley.
Koenig is known for starting their production with Chardonnay and Rieslings, but have since expanded into Syrah, Tempranillo, and Viognier. The tasting here was amazing and we got to meet Greg himself who now owns the winery while his brother, Andrew owns the Koenig Distillery a few miles away.
If you come here in the afternoon, bring a picnic and enjoy the outdoor, human sized, chess board or go up to the watchtower to enjoy the view. It’s a perfect spot for a nice day and even if it’s not, the inside of the tasting room is just as nice.