Quails' Gate Winery
|Quails' Gate Winery|
|Location||Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada|
|Key people||Tony Stewart (CEO & Proprietor), Ben Stewart (Chairman & Proprietor) & Grant Stanley (Winemaker)|
|Parent company||Privately Owned|
|Known for||Stewart Family Reserve Pinot noir|
|Varietals||Pinot noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vines Foch, Chardonnay, Chasselas, Pinot blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chenin blanc, Rose (Gamay noir), Riesling Icewine, Optima|
|Other products||Restaurant, Wineshop|
|Tasting||open to public & special events|
Quails’ Gate Winery is a Canadian Winery located on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Westbank, British Columbia. Situated in the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Quails’ Gate produces over 50,000 cases of wine per year. The entire portfolio of Quails’ Gate wines are best known for their Family Reserve Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Quails' Gate's Wineshop and Old Vines Restaurant are open daily, year round to the public.
Quails’ Gate was founded by the Stewarts, one of the Okanagan’s pioneer horticultural families. Richard John Stewart arrived in the Okanagan Valley from County Kildare, Ireland in 1908. He and his 2 brothers purchased several parcels of land and established nurseries. In 1956, his son Richard Stewart acquired the Allison Ranch on which the winery now sits and started planting vines along with fruit orchards. His son Ben, a banker by trade started working at Quails’ Gate in the 1980s. In 1989, the family abandoned the orchards and focused the properties on producing wine, relaunching the business as Quails’ Gate Estate Winery. In 1992, Richards' other son, Tony, left his career as a stockbroker to return to the family business. Tony now runs the business still privately held by the Stewart family.
Vancouver native Grant Stanley learned his winemaking skills in New Zealand at Montana Wines and Ata Rangi Wines before returning to North America in 2001. Over the next 2 years, he refined his skills in growing Pinot noir at several Oregon wineries before taking the position of winemaker at Quails’ Gate in 2003. To date, his vintages have won over 50 medals in regional, national and international competitions.
Old Vines Restaurant
Known for "creativity and quality of food coming out of the kitchen," the Old Vines Restaurant is situated on the vineyardscape of Quails’ Gate Winery with a picturesque view of Okanagan Lake. Named one of Wine Spectator's "four best places to dine in the Okanagan."