OUR STORY

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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.

 Mike Saviez     Mike started his career in the wine business in 1999 at 25 years of age in Calistoga California. Calistoga is at the northern end of the famous wine region of the Napa Valley. After working with his cousin Paul Saviez in vineyard development and management Mike took over as general manager of the Saviez Vineyards Wine Company. After several years in the Napa Valley Mike decided to expand his wine production to the San Joaquin Valley where his parents Frank and Alice Saviez farm along the San Joaquin River. In 2006 Mike and his parents decided it was time to create their own wine company and Saviez Family Estates was established. Mike is now making wine in the Napa Valley and the San Joaquin Valley and continues to combine his knowledge of farming premium wine grapes with making some of the best wines California has to offer.   Heather Rader  Prior to Ceres Consulting, Heather was the Vice President of Brand Partnerships at Chegg Inc., transforming the way millions of students learn by connecting them to the people and tools needed to succeed in college. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Sales for Zinch, where she led global sales and account management efforts in the education space. Previous to Zinch, she served as the Senior Director of Lead Sales and Account Management at Monster Worldwide, where she led sales, lead generation and client success initiatives across the Monster portfolio of sites, including but not limited to Fastweb, Military.com, Monster Worldwide and Affinity labs properties. Heather came to Monster from database marketing giant Infousa.com, where she marketed and managed their Private Label division. Heather also worked in the marketing and sponsorships division of the National Football League in New York. An Oregon native, Heather earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Oregon with a concentration in Sports Marketing.   

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.

Salute!