As a result of Michael's hard work, dedicated work ethic and love for his vines, we have been able to transform the land from native sage brush to a productive vineyard. Our vines have produced excellent quality fruit. For several years, our grapes were sold to Road 13 and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. Michael's vision became reality as we officially became 'Savard Vines'
At the beginning of this journey, I knew very little about wine. Living in Edmonton with our family and working full-time as a nurse practitioner in cardiology, I was busy. Out of curiosity, I registered in a wine course to learn more about wine. I remember thinking, what does it mean to be a 'white Burgundy'? Enticed by the fascinating world of wine, two years later I became a certified sommelier graduating from the International Sommelier Guild Diploma Program. As our vision of establishing a winery was becoming more a reality, I enrolled in the UC Davis California Winemaking Certificate Program. Two years later with a lot more studying, I finished the program and now had the skillset to make wine!
The construction of our winery building began in the spring of 2015. It was a hectic summer being one of the hottest with a very early harvest. With the assistance of a consultant winemaker, we managed to pull it off surviving our first crush and fermenation on site. We were finally able to open our Tasting Room doors the Summer of 2017. The first two summers have not been easy with floods, fires, and smoke. Nevertheless, our wines are tasting better than ever!
Our daughter Heather has created beautiful labels for our wine capturing the beauty and simplicity of the land. Our Shadow Mountain Pinot Noir showcases looking north from our site before the vines were planted. A lavender basket highlights the label of our Rosé. The Rocky Mountain Goats found on the mountain overlooking our vineyard is a perfect symbol for our dry Riesling. Both goats and Riesling vines prefer cool climates and steep rocky slopes.
We would like you to come visit us and see what we have been up to! Come and taste our wine and marvel at this truly majestic place. Please introduce yourself as we would love to meet you! Hope to see you soon.
Lori and Michael Savard