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 Team

Mike Pearson

Owner, Vineyard Director

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Melissa Sanborn

Owner, Winery Director

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Jon Harding

Sales Director, Assistant Winemaker

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Sarah Smith

Juliaetta Tasting Room Manager, Chef

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Shelly Candler

Moscow Tasting Room Manager, Wine Club Coordinator

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Chelsie Henson

Office Administrator, Accounts

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Josh Larson

Director of Hospitality and Guest Services

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Brad Lawrence

Regional Sales

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Rachael Kirkland

Vineyard Master

Jim Judd

Infrastructure Master

Reece Ireland

Vine Tender

Jason Merrill

Jack of all Trades

Di Bourdreau

Moscow Tasting Room

Wes & Carol Sanborn

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