Bitner Vineyards consists of 15 acres of premium vinifera wine grapes. First plantings in 1981 consisted of Riesling and Chardonnay making these some of the oldest blocks in Idaho. The vineyards are located in the beautiful Snake River valley of southwestern Idaho and the quality of the grapes is the result of the true “terroir” of the area.
Dr. Ron Bitner is a professional entomologist (www.pollination.com) receiving his PhD in 1976 from Utah State University. His work with bees has allowed him to travel extensively nationally and Internationally. Since 1995 he has spent nine seasons working in Australia with his bees, but also enjoying the Australian wine country. This Australian experience has lead to the plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz (as the Aussies say) to produce Australian style wines. Ron is currently the Intermountain Representative to the Wine America Board and President of the National Wine Grape Growers Association.
Bitner Vineyards sells grapes to several of the Idaho wineries. In 1995 they began selling Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes to Koenig Distillery and Winery. Greg Koenig has won much recognition and many awards for these wines. In 1997 Greg began making small quantities of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Chardonnay which Ron and Mary proudly market under the Bitner Vineyards label. Bitner Vineyards was the Winepress Press Northwest Magazine “Idaho Winery of the Year”.
In 2008, Ron attended a workshop in Eugene, Ore., that inspired him to plant 200 hazelnut and white oak trees infused with French black truffle spores. Soon they will enjoy French Black Truffles with a glass of Chardonnay.