Founded in 2013 by Mike Saviez and Heather Rader, Spirit Horse Vineyards is a boutique winery that prides itself on creating beautiful, one of a kind wines while empowering the community through education.
The Saviez Family has been farming wine grapes in the Napa Valley and the San Joaquin Valley for well over a century and the Rader family has worked the land for generations. Both families are united in the belief that strength of character, hard work, giving back and education are the values that empower the world, one person at a time. Spirit Horse is a product of that heritage, that quality of life and represents the spirit of the next generation that seeks to continue the tradition of giving back.
Grown on the steep hillsides of Calistoga high above the Silverado Trail, our boutique, limited production wines allow you to transcend the physical world in the here and now. Experience the magnificent soul of the Spirit Horse.
Mike´s family has been producing some of California´s finest single vineyard wines for the past 100 years. Mike followed in his family's footsteps and began his career in the wine industry at the age of 25.
After several years in Napa Valley, he decided to expand his wine production to the San Joaquin Valley where his parents, Frank and Alice farmed along the San Joaquin River. In 2006 Mike and his parents established Saviez Family Estates.
Mike's father, Frank, worked in the agriculture industry as an executive and farmed wine grapes along the San Joaquin River while Mike's mother, Alice, grew up in the bay area in Northern California and taught special education in her early years. Together Frank and Alice raised three children and are farming several hundred acres around Central California. Today, Mike makes wine in the Napa and San Joaquin Valleys where he continues to combine his knowledge of farming premium wine grapes with his passion for producing California’s top wines.
Spirit Horse Vineyards allows for Mike to channel his expertise as a wine industry professional into giving back to the local and international wine community- Sharing one wine at a time.
Heather grew up in Ashland, Oregon and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Oregon, where she cultivated a fascination for the coveted Pinot Noirs of that region in addition to other fine wines. After living and working in New York for the National Football League in their sponsorships division, she made the move to the Bay Area. She fell in love immediately with San Francisco and the wine regions surrounding it and has lived there for the last 14 years, where she has worked in the corporate sector leading sales efforts at companies such as Monster.com, multiple start ups, and now her own digital media consulting firm.
Heather’s father and grandfather were migratory farm workers and have harvested the land for generations, as did the Saviez family. It is her and Mike’s dream to bring the community that lovingly harvests the grapes together with those that drink the wine by giving back through vineyard worker literacy programs, in addition to other philanthropies we support.
As founder of Spirit Horse Vineyards, Heather combines her passion for philanthropy and fine wine to create something that is more than a wine company- it is a vehicle through which we can empower others while enjoying the finest wines the world has to offer. Together, we can change the world. Salute!