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.
In 1997 they rebuilt their winery incorporating modern technology with its heritage theme. The Wine shop is situated in a carefully restored log cabin which was the original home of Okanagan Valley pioneers John and Susan Allison who arrived in the area circa 1873. The shop is open daily from 10am until 5pm and carries a full range of wine related products and accessories.
Quails' Gate is known as an industry leader in the area of viticulture and places a huge emphasis on the development of exceptional wines through the research of new experimental varietal clones and canopy management techniques with high-density plantings. Since 1996 more than 60 acres have been planted with 75,000 new vines.
In 2016 a new vineyard across the lake in Kelowna was been planted there are 160 acres. The project is under the guidance of Quails’ Gate Viticulturist Chad Douglas.
Over the thanksgiving holiday getaway one of the best wines we had the pleasure of enjouying was Quails' Gate 2018 Chardonnay!
The Chardonnay is a blend of reputable French clones including clones 95, 96, 277 and 809 grown on differing terroir on their estate.romas of ripe orchard fruit, briochie and a hint of minerality. The palate is bursting with bright stone fruit flavours along with gren apple with a hint of butterscotch and citrus.