Our Story

Located in Lewiston, Idaho, Vine 46 is a boutique winery featuring an eclectic variety of red wines and small sampling of white wines. The winery was created among a diverse group of individuals who came together to share a common passion – appreciation and exploration of great wines. True to our mission, vision and values, at Vine 46 we create original wines that are a bit unexpected allowing you to explore your personal favorites – possibly shared among the most unlikely of friends.

Small, premium wine production has allowed our two lead wine makers, Mike and Jeff, the ability to start with the best grapes and devote careful attention to create Vine 46 wines. At Vine 46 we deliver creative experiences that will invoke all of your senses and tantalize your taste buds. Each wine is perfect to share with family and friends looking for an interesting taste adventure.

MISSION

Vine 46 delivers an intriguing wine that invokes conversation and creates opportunities for people to share in the appreciation of a good wine.

CORE VALUES

  • Enjoy life
  • Develop friendships
  • Encourage creativity and diversity
  • Follow our passion
  • Lead through originality
  • Drink well. Drink often.

Wine Maker Duo

At Vine 46 we have not one, but two lead wine makers – fondly referred to as our "wine maker duo."

Jeff Ebel

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Jeff, the builder, has a passion for creating masterpieces from the simplest of forms through carefully constructed layering techniques. Jeff has spent most of his life in the construction industry and after about 20 years crafting microbrews as a hobby, Jeff connected with a friend who owned a small vineyard. He was immediately drawn to the complexity and characteristics that make a good wine. Six years into the wine making process, he has honed the ability to create sought after wines building from the most subtle details. Jeff’s varieties will tantalize the nose with playful aromas and tempt your palate with fruit forward experiences.

Born and raised in Lewiston, Jeff and his family (wife Barb, kids Nate & Lexi, and granddaughter Addison Marie) love the Lewiston valley and are thrilled to be a part of the northwest wine making family. Whether you meet Jeff at the winery or enjoying the region with his wife Barb of over 30 years, you will quickly be drawn into a vibrant discussion about good wines.

MIKE YATES

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Mike, the quiet chemist, has been crafting original blends for over 12 years. One step into his home and you will immediately know that Mike has a love and great respect for traditions. Much like his collection and appreciation for vintage treasures, Mike’s wine pays homage to old world wines with robust and complex flavors that will intrigue the most seasoned of palettes. In 1997, Mike had the opportunity to go to Prosser, Washington to purchase grapes from a local independent grower where he learned about grape ripening, harvesting, and purchasing. The “passion” for Mike started when that wine became a respectable vintage. From this point forward he knew that he wanted to create unique wines with the perfect marriage of high brix to acid retention.

Mike and his wife Coda of 30 years are both Lewiston natives. They have two grown kids, daughter Nikki and son Casey, and love to spend time camping and traveling with family and friends. Of course their travels always include trying the local wines along the way!

The Vineyard

Fine wines start with delicious grapes and creative spirits. Careful consideration by Mike and Jeff (Vine 46 wine maker duo) on the types of wines and varieties that would lend well to craft unique wine assortments, led the pair to explore the central Washington area. Today, most of the grapes that makeup Vine 46 wines come from Rosebud Vineyards which lies in the Wahluke Slope AVA in Washington. The family owned and operated farm has been producing amazing fruits for three generations. Their vineyard location is one of the driest, warmest sites in Washington. The land, climate, and expertise of the family who farms the land offer a wide variety of fruits including an amazing assortment of vineyards. Beyond the delicious fruits produced by Rosebud Vineyards, the family believes in working closely with winemakers. Similar to the family at Vine 46, they focus on innovative approaches that lead to a consistent quality wine grape, and ultimately an extraordinary premium wines.