It wouldn’t be a long weekend without some booze tourism! And if it can’t be of a cidery, it can at least be of a fruit winery.
Over the May Long weekend we changed travel plans last minute because of the weather in the mountains. We decided to head for where the forecast looked the best… and that was Thunderlake Provincial Park near Barrhead.
A quick check online brought up a few things to do and see in the rural communities around the park. Fortunately for us, Shady Lane Estates was only a 20 minute drive from the campground! With a quick phone call we had a tour & tasting arranged.
We arrived at Shady Lane Estates to a very warm welcome – both literally and figuratively. Our dogs were in tow since we were camping. We had planned on leaving them in an air-conditioned car but the owners found us space to let the dogs run around in their fenced yard. The dogs were very happy!
Orchard & Farm Tour
Our tour of the farm began with their raspberry orchard, their future strawberry u-pick and their main orchard with sea buckthorn, haskap, saskatoons, cherries, and chokecherries. They also showed us where they had recently expanded their orchard.
Beyond the orchards, they had a beautiful event space near a lake including space for a future lakeside tasting bar!
Besides fruit wine, they also raise alpacas for the fiber, chickens for eggs, rabbits for meat, and goats for cuteness. We were able to meet some of the new babies on the farm!
Fruit Wine Tasting
We tried three of their fruit wines: Himbeeren (Raspberry), Junibeeren (Saskatoons), and Erdbeeren (Strawberry). The Himbeeren was the driest, Junibeeren in the middle, and Erdbeeren being the sweetest, although we didn’t find any of them that sweet.
There are future plans to maybe start making cider so keep your eye on Shady Lane Estates!
Where Can You Find Shady Lane Estates?
You can find their wines at Sobey’s Liquor Stores and Sherbrooke in Edmonton or stop by if you’re near Barrhead, Alberta.