NEWS

Spirit Hills YeeHaa! Summer Contest

Tweet a picture or video of your favorite YeeHaa! moment of this summer (picture needs to include a bottle of Spirit Hills YeeHaa! and cannot include intoxicated persons or drinking) and include our twitter handle @spirithillswine We will re-tweet your picture so it will appear on our Facebook page. If you are not on Twitter, then post it directly on our Facebook page and we will re-post it so that it appears in the main news feed on the FB page. The person who sends in the picture that receives the highest number of likes by August 31 wins a full case (12 bottles) of delicious Alberta sangria: Spirit Hills YeeHaa! So, once your picture appears on our Facebook page, share it and encourage all your friends to like it. We hope to see many inspiring and funny YeeHaa! moments.

Bring a YeeHaa! to your party and enjoy Alberta's sangria.

Spirit Hills' new Alberta sangria is on the shelves in liquor stores.  It is named in good Alberta party fashion: YeeHaa!  It is crafted from honey, black currants, saskatoons, apples and cinnamon and pairs amazingly with BBQ, rodeo and all parties.  It is ready-pour and should be served over lots of ice.  We call this loaded.  An unloaded version can be served by mixing in some orange juice and for rum fans a double barreled version can be created by mixing in some amber rum.  Find it at a liquor store in your area, take it to a party and let all enjoy YeeHaa!

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. 

WELCOME TO

Spirit Hills

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

In a grape-less province Spirit Hills crafts a grape-less wine with strong structure and backbone expected of any high quality wine with body.  Spirit Hills wines integrate ancient fermentation techniques with the creativity of Alberta's settlers and entrepreneurs to create food friendly wines, among them a dry red, a medium-dry white, a semi-sweet rose, and two hailed party wines, a mulled wine and ready-pour sangria. Several of Spirit Hills wines won awards in both 2013 and 2014 in the Alberta Beverage Awards as well as in the North West Wine Summit.

Spirit Hills wines are available in some 100 quality liquor stores in Southern and Central Alberta among them all Coop Liquor stores South of Lacombe and Willow Park Wines and Spirits in Calgary.  The Spirit Hills wines are being poured at some top restaurants in the 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 crafted 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, flavour, colour 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 family 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.