Eagle's 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards to Add New Tasting Room, Classes and More 

Founded in 2002 and already the largest wine producer in the state, 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards has decided to expand its Eagle, Idaho, campus to showcase that multitude of bottles in high style. A new buildout announced April 9 will add a winery and tasting room to 40 of the vineyard's 850 acres, as well as a "Community Viticultural Center," which will offer wine enthusiasts classes on crafting the perfect food and wine pairings, blending wines and growing grapes with the support of community partners.

"The viticultural center is something that's important to both Gary [Cunningham, 3 Horse's vintner and co-owner] and I. We feel that there's a place and a need for it in the Eagle foothills, so we've been collaborating with several groups," said 3 Horse co-owner and vintner Martha Cunningham, adding that the partnerships have yet to be finalized.

  • Courtesy 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
The 3 Horse crew broke ground on the expansion March 11. The new winery is set to open Sunday, Sept. 1, just in time for the year's first harvest, with the tasting room and viticultural center following a month later on Tuesday, Oct. 1. In addition to providing space for classes and tastings, the expansion will serve as a wedding and event venue for parties of up to 180, and vineyard tours will use them as a home base.

Down the road, a program 3 Horse is calling "Custom Crush" is also on the itinerary. It will eventually give small brands or even individuals an opportunity to experiment with winemaking under the tutelage, if needed, of an "on-site personal winemaker."

"If you are a grape grower and you want to make your wine and you do not have the facilities in which to do so, whether it's from the grape all the way through bottling and labeling or just one portion of the process, we are able to offer a menu list of custom wine services, kind of on an as-needed basis," said Cunningham.

She said that once the expansion is settled, the vineyard also hopes to grow more grapes. Right now 3 Horse has 60 acres of planted vines, but Cunningham estimates they have the room and water rights to add an additional 300 acres over time. For now though, the construction project takes center stage. 
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