Founded in 2013, Spirit Horse Vineyards is a boutique winery that prides itself on creating beautiful, one of a kind wines while empowering the local communities from which the grapes are sourced.
We believe that strength of character, giving back and education are the values that empower the world. As a 100% Woman Owned Winery, we believe wine is one of the most beautiful catalysts to empower these values and be an advocate for change in the world, one sip at a time.
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 and experience the magnificent soul of the Spirit Horse.
Founder Heather Rader 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 , where she worked in the corporate sector leading sales efforts at companies such as Monster.com, multiple start ups, and now her own boutique marketing company dedicated to serving other small, boutique wineries.
Our Founder, Heather Rader's, father and grandfather were migratory farm workers and have harvested the land for generations, as did the Saviez family who makes these wines. It is her dream to bring the communities that lovingly harvest the grapes together with those that drink the wine by giving back through EQUINE THERAPY PROGRAMS supporting at risk youth, children on the autistic spectrum, those with physical challenges, as well as “Off the Vine” An 8-week Leadership and
Empowerment programs for Girls in partnership with the Napa Valley Foster Care system.
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.