Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s top agri-tourism sites, Quails’ Gate Winery attracts thousands of visitors each year who are looking for a complete and satisfying visit. They leave, having been provided with a friendly, sophisticated and educational wine and culinary experience. And they return. Again and again.

Nestled into the vineyard, with views of Okanagan Lake to the south, Old Vines Restaurant & Wine Bar is an attraction itself. Chef Roger Sleiman is a proven master in the art of food and wine pairing. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus all include recommendations for wine with each dish. To sit on the patio of the Old Vines Restaurant and enjoy wine with food created to enhance the flavour is to get as close to heaven as you are likely to get!

Before or after your visit to the restaurant, don’t forget about tours and tastings at the wine shop. Or experience something unique with a Scenic Sensory Tasting, where you sip from a selection of library wines matched with small tasty food items, away from the busy tasting bar while enjoying majestic views of the lake and vineyards.

There was added excitement around Quails’ Gate in May when the winery won not one, but two, Chairman’s Trophies that celebrate the best of the best in each category at the Ultimate Wine Challenge in New York City. The 2010 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay (94 points) and the 2010 Chenin Blanc (92 points) were judged as tops in their class.

Add to those accolades 4 Gold Medals (two each for 2010 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and 6 Silvers from among the 1400 entrants in the Pacific Rim Wine Competition and it’s fair to say that Quails’ Gate is off to a very nice start in 2012.

~ Lorne Eckersley