The distillery was founded in 1974 and originally operated under the name ‘Sunnyvale’. In 1984, it was renamed ‘Highwood Distillers’ after the famous river and region that surrounds the distillery in the foothills of Western Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains. Until 1997, both the distillery and sales offices were located at the distillery in High River, Alberta. Today, the sales team operates out of Calgary, Alberta while the distillery continues to thrive and grow in High River.
In November of 2005, Highwood Distillers purchased Potter’s Distillers, British Columbia’s only distillery, and expanded their portfolio with over a dozen new established brands.
Ernie Potter founded the Potter’s Distillery back in 1958, which originally only bottled and sold liqueurs, but over the years expanded into spirits. In 1962, Captain Harold John Cameron Terry (Captain Terry) – who started his career at 14 as an Australian seaman – acquired Potter’s Distillers. He took the company public in 1967 and was its CEO for 20 years. In 1990, production was moved from Langley to Kelowna, British Columbia where it remained until 2006.
After nearly 40 years Highwood Distillers is now one the largest independently owned distilleries in Canada.
Highwood Distillers is one of Canada’s few privately owned distillers that produce a complete portfolio of fine spirits, premixes, and liqueurs for sale in Canada, the U.S., and over seas. In Canada, it is also the proud sales representatives for numerous quality international brands.
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High River, Alberta, Canada
Highwood Distillers first opened on April 1, 1974.