We bought the building!



This past summer Melanie & I were able to do something that we have worked over a decade for when we finally purchased the building that our winery has grown up in!

We both logged many a long night at the winery as we crafted the first 5 vintages pretty much by ourselves.  It meant for a lot of long nights and a sleepy couple during the harvest months of September and October…but Melanie makes beautiful wines and we were able to put together a great team that loves to make and sell world-class wines.  Thankfully we have them with us now so that we could grow our little family business into something that feeds several families now and hopes to continue to enrich the community.

There are too many people we could thank for helping us make it this far, our landlord, the first restaurants to buy our wine, our parents, our very loyal customers…the list goes on and on…and I can’t list everyone here because I have to go taste through some fermenting batches of wine with my Melanie.
So let me just say this…. Thank you everyone for being part of this Idaho Adventure, we’ll continue to make beautiful wine from the Snake River Valley for all of to enjoy…the future is bright here!


-Joe and Melanie



November 1st, 2012

Food Across America: Boise, Idaho

Cinder was featured in Food & Wine’s roundup of the best restaurants in Boise, from the city’s only raw bar to a stellar Basque pub. Read the article on Food & Wine »

Trip to Spain for “Research”

We visited three wine regions while in Spain: the Ribera del Duero, Rueda & The Rioja. All of them were spectacular and inspiring. The Ribera looked like our own Snake River Valley, but with castles on the hilltops. Hot and arid, the Tempranillos we encountered from this region were rich and seductive.The Rueda was inspring because it delivered such expressive, crisp white wines in a region that was boiling hot during our stay.

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June 26th, 2012

Introducing Charli Valentina Schnerr

Dear Friends, Our latest & greatest debut is our daughter who was born Friday, March 23rd at 9:36pm in Boise, Idaho. She was a healthy 6 lbs, 4 oz and has stormed into our hearts.

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June 26th, 2012

2012 Idaho Winery of the Year

We are honored to recive the “2012 Idaho Winery of the Year” award from WinePress Notthwest. Thanks to our amazing customers, amazing location, and lots of help from friends and family.