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Don’t call it a winery, call it a project. Veer Wine Project to be precise. That is the adventurous approach taken by winemaker and founder Will Wetmore, who began making wine under that label in 2016. The ascent of his wines, like that of the Idaho Wine Region as a whole, has been rapid. In 2021 Veer Wine Project was named the Idaho Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest magazine.
But how did he get here?
Will earned a Bachelor's in Biology at the University of Redlands (2010) and is a graduate of Washington State University's Enology Certificate Program (2018). He has spent 6 years as Assistant Winemaker with Hat Ranch Winery and Vale Wine Company under Winemaker Tim Harless. Will also had the privilege of working the 2019 vintage in New Zealand with Greystone Winery and Winemaker Dom Maxwell.
Veer Wine Project is a name and a mission statement. It reminds Will to always try something different—to veer—whether that be in winemaking, location, labeling, or branding. The brand values that are most important to Veer Wine Project are Venture, Revel, and Share.
Veer Wine Project’s affordable, high-quality releases include Riesling, Dry Sparkling Moscato, Gewürztraminer, GSM, Carménère, Barbera, and Sangiovese. There are creative blends, like Le Compere, which combines unlikely partners Barbera, Malbec, and Carménère. Try Ren, an amber wine made from Riesling, Rosé of Grenache, and Mourvèdre that celebrates the birth of Will’s son.
Venture to Will’s tasting room in Caldwell on Saturday or Sunday; only $10 for non-club members. Revel in wines that employ techniques like whole cluster fermentation, wild yeast fermentation, extended aging on the lees, prolonged maceration, and co-fermentation. Discover for yourself why Veer Wine Project is not just a winery to watch but one to share with others.
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