About Us

Koenig Vineyards was founded in 1995 with the goal of hand-crafting small lots of fine varietal wines from the Sunny Slope District of Idaho’s Snake River Valley. 

The unique volcanic and alluvial soils of the Sunny Slope District combine with Idaho’s high-altitude, arid climate of sunny days and cool nights to produce wine grapes with ripe flavors and balanced natural acidity. It is our ultimate goal to discover vineyard sites and practice wine-growing methods that best convey the remarkable terroir within this exciting up-and-coming viticulture appellation.

Minimal intervention in the cellar and dedication to traditional winemaking craft allowed our founder, Greg Koenig to curate a winemaking style that the new owners, James and Sydney Nederend have adopted.

It is our goal to bottle wines indicative of their vineyard origin. Varieties produced include Viognier and Syrah – varieties that do exceptionally well in Idaho – as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay and Port-style dessert wines using spirits from the Koenig family distillery. Occasional weather conditions also allow for the production of Ice Wine and botrytis-infected late-harvest wines.

Head Winemaker – James Nederend

James learned the craft of winemaking under founder, Greg Koenig. James holds close to his heart the traditional old-world style of winemaking he learned, while adapting it to our modern vineyard techniques. This way of thinking has allowed him to improve wine quality, a vision Greg greatly encouraged him to pursue. The Koenig winemaking philosophy is, and always has been, to identify vineyard sites dedicated to producing high quality fruit. Through decades of great partnerships and relationships, we are proud to say that every bottle of Koenig wine has been sourced from right here in Idaho’s Snake River Valley. James’ true passion is being able to run his vineyards and wine production facilities with his wife Sydney and their three young daughters, who work with him daily.



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