NEWS

Bonfire warms Alberta hearts

Spirit Hills' mulled wine, Bonfire, is warming many Southern Alberta hearts this Christmas and winter season.  It tastes like a bit of Christmas in your mouth. Bonfire comes with all mulling spices and the preparation instructions are on the back label.  For a list of wine stores where you can find Bonfire: click here.  Many of the sommeliers in Calgary consider Bonfire the best mulled wine they have ever tasted and it is flying of the shelves.  In case you cannot find a bottle of Bonfire you can use Saskwatch or Bastard and follow the recipe for mulled wine on the Saskwatch wine page.

Dande selected as best honey wine in Alberta Beverage Awards

Dande, Spirit Hills' intriguing Dandelion wine was selected as the best honey wine in the Alberta Beverage Awards organized by Culinaire magazine.  Spirit Hills wines took 3 of the 5 top spots in the fruit and honey wine section of the Awards.  Dande is a great pairing for white meats, anything smoky, anything with a tomato in and curry.  For more details about Dande checkout the Dande wine page.

Winery tours and tastings by appointment.

Spirit Hills offers winery tours and tasting by appointment.  If you are interested in how Alberta's grape-less wine is being crafted and want to experience the magic of our cellar, give us a call or send us an email to book an appointment.  You can buy wine directly from our winery at that time as well.  Spirit Hills does not operate a store or tasting room with regular opening hours, so don't drive all the way out here without contacting us first. 

Spirit Hills Wine Cocktails

Spirit Hills launches wine cocktails for the summer.  Danderita, Wild Rosy and Spirit Hills Sangria recipes can be found on the wine pages of the website.  The cocktails will be served at several restaurants and patios this summer.  Serve some original Alberta cocktails this summer.  Find a bottle of Spirit Hills wine at any of the liquor stores listed on the website, follow the recipes of the website, surprise your friends and be an Alberta original cocktail trend setter!

Free delivery for wine orders

For customers who live in the  region that stretches from Millarville to Bragg Creek, Calgary, Okotoks, High River and Long View, we offer free delivery for full case orders.  Cases can be mixed and matched and contain 12 bottles.  Simply place your order by sending us an email or by giving us a call and your wine will be delivered at your doorstep.

WELCOME TO

Spirit Hills

Southern Alberta's local award winning winery and home of Saskwatch, Dande, Wild Rose Passion and Bonfire.

In a grape-less province Spirit Hills crafts a grape-less wine with strong structure and backbone expected of any high quality full bodied wine.  Spirit Hills wines integrate ancient fermentation techniques with the creativity of Alberta's settlers and entrepreneurs to create a collection of white and red unique dry food friendly wines as well as a semi-sweet rose made from our provincial flower, Alberta's Wild Rose.

Spirit Hills wines are available in many high quality liquor stores in Southern Alberta among them almost all Coop Liquor stores and Willow Park Wines and Spirits.  The Spirit Hills wines are being poured at some of the top restaurants in Calgary and area as they pair beautifully with the artistic food creations of some of the best chefs in Alberta. 

Spirit Hills wines have charmed many of the top sommeliers in Alberta who all eagerly support our locally produced grape-less wines.

Winery tours and tastings are available by appointment. Here's a little peek into our winery.

So how do we create grape-less wine?

The grape is a wonderful fruit for wine.  Its juice provides acidity and sugars for fermentation and its skin provides color, structure and yeast. In a grape-less province Spirit Hills obtains all those elements from different food ingredients.  Honey provides us with fermentable sugars, soft honey undertones and structure.  Rosehips and local berries like black currants and saskatoons provide acidity, flavor, color and structure, and local flowers provide seducing scent and taste elements.  Just like with traditional red grape wine, the berries in our red wine are macerated in the fermenting wine for over three weeks to extract the colors and structure building flavor compounds and tannins from the skins.  Additional structure and tannin in our award winning Saskwatch wine come from our oak barrel aging program.

Spirit Hills is owned and operated by the Bonjean family, whose lineage includes generations of French winemakers with vineyards in the Auvergne, France.

Spirit Hills' bees are sustainably managed and make their honey from the wild flowers of the pristine pastures and forests of the Rocky Mountain foothills.

The Spirit of Spirit Hills:

But Spirit Hills is more than just an artisan winery, it is a place of magic and transformation.  Just like the bees transform the flower's nectar into honey and the yeast transforms honey into wine, the hills transform anyone who arrives to experience their magnificence and magic.  People from across the planet have found their way to Spirit Hills to volunteer in the bee-yards and perma-culture organic garden.  At Spirit Hills at home, we grow all of our food, have goats for milk and cheese, bake our bread, keep chickens and hunt for our meat.  We live as closely to the land as we possibly can and our bees are managed and our wine is crafted in that spirit.  Those who visit leave enriched with a deeper connection to the wonders of nature and a sense of purpose and self awareness not discovered before.

We invite you to try our wines, or organize a wine tasting and hope that your visit to Spirit Hills and the taste of our wines kindles your sense of discovery, play, love and magic.