Dick Stewart and his son Ben opened Quails' Gate Estate Winery in West Kelowna, in 1989. Their passion was Pinot Noir and the desire to prove red wines could flourish on the south-facing slope of Mount Boucherie, the soil been a mixture of volcanic rock and clay.
the winery is one of Canada's foremost family owned and operated estate wine producers. Quails' Gate is internationally recognized as a top quality producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Quails' Gate wines are premium and terroir focused. The entire portfolio of Quails' Gate wines is consistently endorsed by wine experts as one of Canada's most outstanding.
They have 180 acres of vineyards in the valley and are regarded as a leader in the development of viticulture practices in Canada. Ben Stewart pioneered the introduction of premium French Dijon Pinot Noir clones into Canada.
This year Quails Gate Harvest produced an historic yield. This should result in some quaility wines to be released over the next few years from the 2013 vintage
The philosophy of wine making at Quails' Gate is predicated on quality over quantity. The vineyards are solely focused on providing the winery team with ripe concentrated fruit that expresses its sense of origin. Through careful consideration of yield, the fruit quality is always maintained. "Through careful management of our vineyard and the use of both old and new world techniques, we aim to make varietal wines distinctly different to each other with the emphasis on producing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay."
History is part of the Quails Gate experience.
Built in 1873, Allison House is the oldest home site in the West Kelowna area. It provides an important link to our past and to early European settlement in this valley
Susan Allison has been recognized as a Person of National Historical Significance by the Government of Canada. As an author and historian, Susan documented her early days in the interior of British Columbia and her time at the Allison House. In tribute to her enduring spirit our family has made application to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to have the home designated as a Building of National Historical Significance.
The home of John and Susan Allison still welcomes visitors to Quails' Gate. The house serves as the meeting place for our summer season winery tours; as well, guests can tour the home and enjoy the quaint gift and snack shop while learning about the early pioneering days in the Okanagan.
Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate is rated as one of the best winery restaurants around the world. Enjoy the amazing cuisine, wine and
The winemaking crew is lead by winemaker Nikki Callaway.
Quails Gate for years has been one of the few wineries to ferment some wines with indigenous yeasts.
Nikki is comfortable with this because her thesis for her winemaking degree was on yeast analysis.
Among the many Gold medals won by the winery recent award winners include
2011 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir and 2012 QG Chenin Blanc . I also suggest their
Old Vines Foch. For dessert there is the
Fortified Vintage Foch and the always impressive
Botrytis Affected Optima
Known as “Ambrosia” or “nectar of the gods”, Quails' Gate is famous for its' late harvest Optima. Made in the classic Sauternes style this wine is elegant, rich, sweet and concentrated. For over 20 years Quails' Gate has become famous for this wine.
The winery holds a number of events through out the year including their Sugar Plum Fair in November