There is a fine array of unique experiences at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, just awaiting your arrival.  The wine – always and first, the wine; the breathtaking view; the bustling wine shop and tasting room; Old Vines Restaurant and now, cozily comfortable on site guest cottages for overnight visitors are all yours for the taking.

Quails’ Gate spokesman Bill Wightman has selected some of the most successful wines to recommend for your fall sipping pleasure. His first choice…Old Vines  Foch, their top selling red wine. Wightman explains that the Foch is a French-American hybrid that was developed in France and has been a part of Quails’ Gate vineyards since the 1960’s.


Quails’ Gate Old Vines Foch

The Old Vines Foch is ripe, full bodied and delicious with a taste of ripe black cherry on the palate and a lingering finish that includes notes of tobacco and toasted oak.  Pair it with Montreal Brisket or grilled shish kebabs.


Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc

Wightman says that the Chenin Blanc is winemaker Nikki Calloway’s personal favorite. Trained in France, this is the ideal wine for her to work with as it has its roots in the Loire Valley. Very crisp and aromatic, the Chenin Blanc pairs well with oysters and shellfish.


Quails’ Gate 2014 Rosé

Wightman’s third recommendation for their legion of fans. It’s popularity has soared with locals and visitors alike. With a salmon pink hue, this year’s Rosé begins with fresh ripe strawberries and notes of cracked black pepper and vanilla ice cream. Fresh and juicy, it contains notes of watermelon and pink grapefruit.  Perfect for a summer barbecue, this rosé will take you well into fall as it is the ideal Thanksgiving dinner wine.

(pictured: Bill Wightman)


~ Deanna Rainey