Meet

Our People

Professional, friendly and passionate about what they do. Our amazing team ensures that your wine experience is never less than exceptional.

CEO & Proprietor

TONY STEWART

As CEO of Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Tony directs much of his energy in creating an environment that enables Quails’ Gate to succeed as one of the world’s best wine houses. He’s passionate about ensuring that Quails’ Gate visitors receive exceptional product and service. Tony and the rest of his team are confident and excited about leading the way in winery culinary tourism. He also devotes significant time to several local, industry, provincial and national associations.

 

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Estate President

John Sandor

John joined Quails’ Gate Winery in 2015 with an impressive leadership and hospitality resume spanning nearly three decades while employed in some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, John received his degree from Hotel School and decided to expand his horizons by working abroad. He came to Canada in 1979, joining Vancouver’s Four Seasons Hotel, where he went on to become an integral part of the Pan Pacific Hotel Food & Beverage Division for Canada, Asia and Hawaii.

In 1994, he joined The Sutton Place Hotel (formerly Le Meridien) as Director of Food & Beverage and, two years later, was promoted to Executive Assistant Manager. The Sutton Place Hotel has proudly held an AAA/CAA Five Diamond designation for 16 years and John continued to maintain this coveted designation for the facility when he became General Manager in 1999, overseeing the entire hotel operation. In 2011, he was appointed Vice President until his departure.

Throughout his extraordinary career, John’s knowledge and ongoing passion for education and professional development within the hospitality industry has made him a gracious, resourceful and knowledgeable leader.

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Winemaker

NIKKI CALLAWAY

Starting out as a cellar-hand working in Bordeaux and southern France, Nikki learned the European traditions and history of wine-making. She completed a Diplôme National D’Oenologue at Université Bordeaux II then headed to South Africa to work with Waterford Estate winery. Upon her return to Canada, she first worked for a large-scale operation in the Okanagan, but her vision of working with a premium boutique-style winery soon followed when she joined the Quails’ Gate team. Our intimate nature, small-batch processing and focus on quality are a perfect fit for her style and passion as a winemaker.

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Culinary Director & Winery Chef - Old Vines Restaurant

ROGER SLEIMAN

Roger has been an integral member of our culinary team for over a decade. During that time, he’s re-focused the culinary program at Old Vines Restaurant based on the principle of fresh simplicity. His philosophy and commitment to ensuring that only the best local/regional ingredients are used are part of the winery’s vision for providing outstanding culinary guest experiences. He regularly and proudly showcases the best of the Okanagan with these objectives in mind.

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Vineyard Manager

Jo Breti

Having worked in agriculture all his life, Jo applies his knowledge of farm management to the role of Vineyard Manager, learning about the operations of the vineyard and the complexities of the terroir. He appreciates the many opportunities and challenges that come with nurturing the different Quails’ Gate vineyard sites located throughout the Okanagan Valley. He and his team have a 365-day commitment to our vineyards. It’s this passion that has helped make us one of the top wineries in Canada.

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