Three local wineries to attend Toast of Eagle – At Heritage Park from 5pm to 9pm.
Rolling Hills Vineyard is owned by Mark Pasculli, President of the EFGGA. Mark and his wife, Lori, have always dreamed of having a vineyard. Lori’s family owned one and she grew up helping with a farming process much different than what is used today. This gives her a great perspective into the progression grape growers have made over the years and grants her a wealth of knowledge on the subject. The Pascullis have approximately 5,300 plants, the equivalent of 7 acres, and grow a variety of grapes.
Their passion for wine is very clear and their dedication to the association is admirable. This tight-knit group of friends and neighbors have created a network of support, knowledge, and passion. They speak very highly of the quality of wine. It’s one thing to create a local wine. It’s another thing entirely to create a high-quality, boutique wine. Mark proudly supports this association and makes a great leader and advocate for its progress.
3 Horse Ranch Vineyard located just 17 minutes from downtown Eagle has an atmosphere and ambiance representative of Idaho’s natural beauty. The drive takes you through desert shrub steppe and promptly opens to an oasis of rolling hills and greenery. Martha and Gary Cunningham planted their first grapes here in 2005 and opened their tasting room in 2009. The tasting room is the pinnacle of comfort with warm yellow tones and a homey, welcoming vibe. Their resident peacocks are sure to put a smile on your face as well.
Martha speaks very highly of the community and acceptance found in EFGGA. She hopes to see Eagle blossom into the wine community it can be and to spread the word about your neighbors who are creating these high-quality hyperlocal wines. 3 Horse Ranch Vineyard facilitates a wine club that connects people of all ages and experience levels around a common theme – wine. The club has a modest purchase requirement and provides discounts on many wine offerings. Exclusive events are one feature that wine club members take full advantage of.
3 Horse Ranch Vineyard is the future site of a wine making facility to be used by EFGGA members. A custom club winery allows each vineyard to produce under the guidance of an experienced winemaker, opening the door to a variety of wine labels. Not to mention, it will be a place for these passionate friends and neighbors to spend time together doing what they love. Keep an eye out for more exclusive wines that are sure to delight your palate and leave you looking for more.
One Stone Hill Vineyard was created as a byproduct of owner, Steve Cooper’s, love for wine and agriculture from his history in cotton/alfalfa farming. Steve and his wife Bobbie expressed their gratitude to members of the EFGGA. Whether it was installing and planting trellis, irrigation systems, or vines, there was someone to answer questions and find solutions.
Steve had the following to share, “We have just joined the EFGGA and in the first encounter have benefited from the collaborative side of everyone together learning and cooperating towards success for all. The shared pieces of knowledge and experience by the members will be huge for us. That point alone would be motivation for any future Eagle area Vineyard to become involved. There is a huge upside in sharing a vision to grow the Foothills industry toward tasting rooms and hospitality avenues you see in longer established viticulture regions.”