Best Restaurants for Wine: The Post Hotel Dining Room

Located in Lake Louise, The Post Hotel’s legendary wine cellar carries more than 3,400 selections of the best wines in the world.

Head Sommelier Julian Simard-Gillis in the legendary Post Hotel wine cellar. Photo by Steve Collins.

With more than 22,500 bottles, 3,400 selections and one of the oldest bottles dating from 1959, the wine cellar of The Post Hotel in Lake Louise is truly legendary. The Post’s previous owners, Swiss-expat brothers (and oenophiles) George and André Schwarz, originally came to the area as ski instructors, purchasing the hotel in 1978 from Sir Norman Watson. In January 2022, The Post sold to the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts group, which includes Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, B.C., Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff and others.

Photo by Steve Collins.

The famed Post cellar is now in the hands of wine director and head sommelier Julian Simard-Gillis, who manages the wine program along with a sommelier team of William Burke and Timothy Ty. “The goal of the wine program has always been, and will continue to be, to carry the best wines in the world, from all over the globe, inexpensive or luxury,” Simard-Gillis says. That, along with a focus on sustainability, a core value for the Banff National Park-based hotel.

“Sustainability is definitely a conversation we are having these days,” Simard-Gillis says.”

200 Pipestone Rd., Lake Louise, 403-522-3989, posthotel.com

One of The Post’s oldest bottles, a ’59 Domaine Comte Georges Vögué Bonnes-Mares. Photo by Steve Collins.

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This article appears in the November 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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