OUR HISTORY
Colter’s Creek, the small river that flows past our vines, was named by Lewis and Clark to honor John Colter, a reliable tracker and trusted member of their expedition. Colter went on to become a true mountain man and an enduring American legend.

His is most renowned for a single epic story of survival. While trapping along the Missouri River, John Colter was met by a band of Blackfeet warriors, stripped naked, and forced to flee for his life. After seeking refuge from his trackers under a beaver dam, surviving on breadroot alone, and spending 7 days naked in the blistering sun, Colter arrived at Lisa’s Fort some 300 miles later. He had endured the unimaginable, and his legend lives on today.

Our History

1980's

The first vines of Colter’s Creek were planted by property owner Larry Spencer, who subsequently produced wine from the grapes.  Spencer planted 5 acres of Chardonnay, White Riesling, and Rkatsiteli cultivars. 

1990's

New property owners Larry Kornze and Sherman Stapleton plant 3 acres of Bordeaux grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

1994-2007

The vineyard is essentially abandoned for a decade.

2007

A weekend drive past the abandoned vineyard leads to the purchase and establishment of Colter’s Creek along the Potlatch River.  2007-2008 are spent resurrecting the vines to fruitfulness.

2008

First vintage from various Northwest vineyards.

2009

First commercial harvest at Colter’s Creek.

2012

Colter’s Creek Winery receives its first 90 point wine from a major publication. The 2010 Riesling is awarded 90 points and a ranking of 72 in the top 100 value wines of 2012. Wine Enthusiast - 2012.

2009-2014

Mike and Melissa continue to plant vines at the original Potlatch River site, increasing the vineyard size to 28 acres and 19 cultivars.

2011-2012

Purchase of the historic Pharmacy building, built in 1902, in Juliaetta.  Tasting room and restaurant opens in 2012.

2014-2015

The vineyard expands with the purchase of the Arrow Junction vineyard site. It is planted entirely in Syrah, bringing the vineyard size to 33 acres.

2015-2018

Purchase and remodel of the historic Hattabaugh building, built in 1892, in Moscow.  Tasting room opens in 2018.

2021

The Hattabaugh Boutique Hotel opens above the Moscow tasting room.

Colter’s Creek Winery, Inc.
Vineyards, Production Facility, Head Office
20154 Colter Creek Lane, Juliaetta, ID 83535
208.276.3533
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