Sense of Place
Quails’ Gate and Boucherie Vineyards
Located on the favourable south facing slope above Lake Okanagan and below the extinct volcano of Mount Boucherie, this site is home to our most prestigious vineyards. Our vineyards are planted in soils complex with volcanic rock, rich clay, gravel and glacial till. These minerals give the wines depth, strength and character. This unique cool climate region provides good heat and ripening potential while retaining bright acidity in the fruit due to cool night temperatures. The soil composition of this location provides exceptional drainage and is ideally suited for our premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones.
All of our vineyards are meticulously managed which reflects the care and attention given to detail. Importantly, crop yields are consciously kept exceptionally low. The result of precise viticulture, an exceptional site and great soils is that the fruit sourced from this property is solely used for our extremely limited Stewart Family Reserve wines.
Located adjacent to the Quails’ Gate Estate, the Sunnyside Vineyard produces exceptional fruit. It has a variety of different soil types and as such has become home to one of our newest Pinot Noir clones, 828.
Slightly closer to Lake Okanagan, it is arguably one of the most beautiful vineyards in the valley. Its unique soil composition and slightly cooler nights have allowed for a diversified selection of varieties to be planted here.
Martyna & Kildare
Located in South East Kelowna at a slightly higher elevation, these vineyards supply fruit that is used in our aromatic Riesling and Gewürztraminer. The clay and limestone soils, reminiscent of those in Alsace, give these wines a soft mineral character adding depth and complexity. The cooler sites allow for greater concentration of aromas producing fresher crisper wines. Careful hands-on viticulture management ensures that these vineyards provide fruit that maintains the highest quality for these wines.
Our most southern vineyard, this site is extremely warm during the day and maintains greater temperature throughout the night. The result is that the fruit from this vineyard is extremely ripe and rich in intensity.
Home to one of our oldest blocks, the 1978 plantings of Old Vines Foch reach optimum ripeness at this location. A small portion of our Chenin Blanc is supplied from this vineyard providing a layer of complexity and length of finish to one of our most famous wines.