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Idaho Winemakers Co-op

Melanie Krause tests a barrel of cabernet at the Urban Winemakers Cooperative
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Melanie Krause tests a barrel of cabernet at the Urban Winemakers Cooperative in Garden City, Idaho

An old vegetable warehouse full of machinery may not seem an obvious spot to savor excellent wines, but that's a draw of the Urban Winemakers Cooperative tasting room in Garden City, Idaho, near Boise.

"We call it industrial chic," says Melanie Krause, co-owner of Cinder wines. "You're right in our winery, so it's easy to talk to the vintner about what we do." The state's first such co-op, it started two years ago when local wineries Cinder, Syringa, and Vale joined to share gear and rent.

Visitors drop in Saturdays to try wines crafted from the fruit of Idaho's Snake River Valley. The area has prime conditions for quality grapes: warm days, cool nights, loamy volcanic soil, and sloping hills safe from harmful spring frosts. Have a taste—perhaps Vale's crisp, dry riesling with a scent of green apples and peaches—and the vintner will happily provide commentary. (208) 376-4023, cinderwines.com.

Photography by Andrew Geiger

This article was first published in March 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.