The Fine Art of Winemaking: An Inside Look at Quails' Gate Winery

A building with a yellow awning next to a dirt road, surrounded by trees and bushes with a vineyard near Quails' Gate Winery in Kelowna.
Quails' Gate Winery

Here's Where the Magic Happens: The Vineyards

On the fertile slopes of the Okanagan Valley, Quails' Gate Winery paints an idyllic picture that looks like it has been plucked straight out of a postcard. From its lush vineyards to the twinkling Okanagan Lake that gently laps at its edges, this winery is more than just a feast for the eyes. The Quails' Gate Vineyards, spread over 160 acres, are where this symphony of winemaking begins. Its unique location that soaked in more than 2,000 hours of annual sunshine offers an excellent microclimate for grapes, thereby ensuring a perfect balance of fruit quality and acidity in wines.

The Masters Behind the Craft: The Winemakers

Quails' Gate Winery has curated an exceptional winemaking team. With their profound experience in the winemaking industry and an innate passion for the craft, the team in creates some of the Valley’s finest wines. Minimal intervention lets the unique terroir of the Okanagan Valley shine through in the wines, creating distinct, subtle palates that wine enthusiasts across the globe appreciate and love.

From Grape to Glass: The Winemaking Process

The care and dedication that Quails' Gate puts into winemaking are evident in their meticulous processes. Starting with the hand-harvesting of the grapes in the cool Okanagan mornings to carefully sort out the best fruit. The team uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques, such as gravity flow systems, gentle fermentation, and barrel aging to provide a stage for the fruit to sing its song. The end result is an incredible array of wines that span the whites, lush reds, and sophisticated rosés, each evoking the quintessential feeling of the Okanagan Valley.

All in the Family: Old Vines and Family Legacy

Quails' Gate is one of Canada's foremost family-owned and operated wineries. It's touched by the legacy of the pioneering Stewart Family, whose ancestry in farming and grape cultivation goes back more than a century. This commitment to the winemaking tradition is reflected in their Old Vines series, with grapes sourced from vines that are over 30 years old. The Old Vines Foch Reserve, in particular, is an example of the family's dedication to excellence and tradition.

Much More than Wine: Culinary Delights and Artistic Treats

Quails' Gate Winery provides an immersive experience that goes above and beyond winemaking. The winery's on-site restaurant, Old Vines Restaurant serves a stunning array of farm-to-table dishes that perfectly complement the winery's offerings.

Moreover, Quails’ Gate is a proud host of a stunning Art Gallery featuring rotating showcases of emerging and established local artists. This integration of art and winemaking makes a visit to Quails' Gate a journey of sensory delight, enriching the body, mind, and soul.

If you're a wine novice or a seasoned connoisseur, a visit to Quails' Gate Winery is sure to captivate your senses. Quails' Gate is an experience – a celebration of the fine art of winemaking and a taste of the beauty of the Okanagan Valley.