2018-09-10
Quails Gate Winery expanding into East Kelowna

Quails’ Gate Estate winery in its ever-expanding mode has managed to acquire a substantial piece of property in East Kelowna to substantiate their efforts to become the BC’s leading premium winery. The newly acquired 160-acre property on the east side of Okanagan Lake is one mega development. These days, finding one single parcel of land of this size in the area is not easy, when one became available, the price tag, I surmise, would be very high. Overlooking the City of Kelowna, this property at about 450 to 500 meters above the lake has a slightly higher elevation than the current vineyard in the Mount Boucherie property. While it is one single property, it comprises of two vineyards, the Martyna and Kildare, are only 750-meters apart, however, their soil compositions and terroirs are quite distinctive.

Viticulturist, Chad Douglas, took us around and gave us a first-hand look at the property and explained  the efforts and process required to turn a piece of barren land into vineyards. Beyond bulldozers and other heavy farm equipment, intensive labour and time-consuming efforts are inevitable. Chad is a New Zealander who has extensive experience working in Europe, Oregon and New Zealand, his Master of Science thesis was on the cool climate viticulture of New Zealand. He’s a natural fit for this development project. While lots of rocks and shrubs are yet to be moved, there are few acres already planted with young vine. According to Chad, it would take six to eight years to fully develop these two vineyards and longer to produce top quality fruits for the Stewart Family banner. Yes, winery business is a long-term investment, finding the right location with good terroir to produce top quality wines is the key element to lay the foundation for a successful venture.


The expansion will no doubt make the add value to visiting Okanagan wine region. These two substantial vineyards with fantastic lakeview will support a full-scale winery of architectural beauty along with welcoming tasting room, top-notched restaurant and handsome guest houses. Besides increasing production volume of its impressive line-up of VQA wines, the promise to render a complete guest experience will no doubt be adding significance to the already strong growth of BC’s wine industry. Who knows if this is yet another BC winery making it to the top winery list in the world in the future? 

 





































































































































































































































The expansion will no doubt make the add value to visiting Okanagan wine region. These two substantial vineyards with fantastic lakeview will support a full-scale winery of architectural beauty along with welcoming tasting room, top-notched restaurant and handsome guest houses. The promise to render a complete guest experience will no doubt be adding significant volume to the already strong growth of BC’s wine industry. Who knows if this is yet another BC winery making it to the top winery list in the world in the future? 




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