Old Vines Restaurant, Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna
Tiny quail skitter quickly between the rows of grapes (and across the roadways). The vineyards stretch down towards the water, disappearing over a ridge. The air smells of earth and of summer.
One of the veterans of Food Day Canada, Quails’ Gate Winery is owned and operated by the Stewart Family, the name Stewart being synonymous with agriculture in the valley. The family arrived in 1908 and established greenhouses just down Lake Okanagan at Gellatly Bay. (Note for Foodies: Gellatly Nut Farm is one of Canada’s oldest tree nut nurseries and is really worth a visit!) As it became clear that the Valley had huge grape-growing potential the second and third generations of the Stewart started to plant vineyards.
I originally met Ben Stewart when he attended and supplied great Quails’ Gate wine for Northern Bounty 2 in Vancouver. It was the first time many of the Canadian food community who’d assembled there in 1996, had tasted truly premium wine from the Okanagan. Today, brother Tony Stewart is the CEO of the winery while Ben oversees the winemaking and grape growing processes, from vine to bottle. Sister Andrea owns and operates the Okanagan Lavender Farm.
Now to the food!
Chef Roger Sleiman oversees their Old Vines Restaurant with its open panorama of the vineyards, the lake and the valley. And it’s the landscape that dictates his menus. This is where you truly are served up a sense of place on a plate.
The Yarrow Meadows Roasted Duck with cardamom, baby beet, sunflower shoots, red currant jus is superb. The wine pairing with this dish is the winery’s near-perfect Pinot Noir, which is also paired with Ted’s Trout (appropriately named after their fisherman based out of Little Fort) accompanied by black rice salad, fava, roasted carrot, pea puree. His summer menu literally makes my mouth water!
Old Vines menus showcase the amazing range of produce grown in the Okanagan Valley, so the cuisine served at the restaurant changes seasonally, as ingredients become available.
Old Vines Restaurant is one of many restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below or at QuailsGate.com to reserve a table.
Contactez Old Vines Restaurant directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votreJournée des terroirs réservation.
Old Vines Restaurant
Quail’s Gate Winery
3303 Boucherie Road
West Kelowna, BC V1Z2H3
T: 250 769 4451