Split Rail Winery

Split Rail wines were borne from the minds of a new generation of winemakers and drinkers. We are the stampede for local agriculture, the epitome of pleasure and the turning wheels of evolution. We strive to cultivate a vibrant wine culture in Idaho, and bring the farm to your fork (or wine goblet). Our goal is to keep Idaho's lips red and our hair and minds in temporary disarray.

Let Split Rail wines replace your afternoon tea or your morning coffee. Let them be your sustenance and your hydration. Let us replace your milk mustache with chin stains and a discolored tongue. Let us leave a mark.

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The Folks

Jed Glavin and Laura Hefner-Glavin are the conviction behind Split Rail Winery. We began our wine exploits by pairing mediocre wines with cheap food during our impoverished years together at college. As we charged through the years, our dedication to exploring new foods married beautifully with an interest in wine. Tasting new grape varietals and learning about the rich history of wine-making became an obsession. Now, we get to share the toils of our passion with our two beautiful children Eloise and Boone.

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We dig wine, we love Idaho, we grew up in a farming community and so we figured what the hell, lets make some wine (in Idaho). That to us is a beautiful story, based on love and driven by heartache.  
— An uneducated philosopher

The Winemaker

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Jed Glavin is the fractured mind behind Split Rail wines. Jed learned the process of winemaking in the confines of his garage and through years of making expensive mistakes. Fermenting grapes from Walla Walla struck a chord of intrigue that blossomed into a hard-core passion project. He loves 80’s revival and couture techno-pop music, synthesizers, he often dreams of mountaineering, thinks incessantly about global travel, is a skiing philanthropist, reads the occasional beatnik poem, and is an accomplished assailant of everything weird. His favorite wine is beer. 


The Name: Split Rail

The Split Rail fence stands as a philosophical margin that reminds us of the west. It defines the desert landscape that radiates behind it. Our wines arose from the soil and conviction of these landscapes. 

Dedicating our wine to the fence allows us to make the desert landscapes of the west drinkable. It is our goal to make everything drinkable in a sentient sort of way. Help us consume all that is temporal.