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Wineries & Meaderies

The Cottage Wine Industry in Alberta refers to the small-scale production of wines at the farm site. It is a new industry for the province, using locally produced fruit or honey to make fruit wine or mead (honey wine).

The definition for fruit wine varies, but it is generally described as the alcoholic fermentation of juice from sound, ripe fruit, fruit juices or concentrate (other than grapes). A number of fruit or related species on the prairies can be used in the making of fruit wines, including, strawberry, raspberry, black currant, saskatoon, sour cherry, wild black cherry (chokecherry), apple/crabapple, plum, red/white currant, and rhubarb (commonly viewed as a fruit).

Mead is an alcoholic beverage, using honey as its base, which has many different styles.

Simply click the farm of choice and a new window will give you access to the farm location, contact information, products and other pertinent information. To open more than one window at a time, right click on the name and select "open in new window".

• Shady Lane Estate

• Spirit Hills Honey Winery

• Chinook Honey Company / Chinook Arch Meadery

Sherwood Park
• Barr Estate Winery Inc.

• Field Stone Fruit Wines

When you visit a 'pick your own' garden, here are some suggestions to make the day enjoyable:
  • Dress:
    Wear loose, comfortable clothing such as a long sleeved shirt and pants.
  • Cooler:
    Bring a picnic cooler with ice packs to keep those berries and vegetables just right until you get home
  • Bugs and Sun:
    Remember those UV rays - wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring some mosquito repellent, just in case.
  • Call Ahead:
    It is a good idea to call ahead to be sure the farm has a good supply of what you want today - don't go home disappointed!
  • Follow Instructions:
    Please respect the grower's property and follow any written or verbal instructions you are given.
  • Storage of Berries:
    Berries store better unwashed. Do not wash until immediately before use. Store in refrigerator in shallow containers, loosely covered. Use within two or three days.
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