Quails Gate Winery

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Quails Gate Winery

Anyone who comes to the Okanagan Valley on vacation has to go to Quails Gate Winery. It is one of the more well known wineries in the Okanagan.  The winery was established in 1989 and the main wine shop that now stands on the property opened in 2007. Located in West Kelowna, the winery boasts some of the best views of the valley. The winery has up to a thousand tastings per day, which can be booked on their website.

Some of the best views of the Valley

Some of the best views of the Valley 

Rose and Chard

The wine shop, where the tastings take place, has a tall counter- 44 inches and their accessible counter is 36 inches(ideal for people using manual and power chairs, or walkers)  The wine shop is very large and easy to maneuver

This is the taller tasting bar.

This is the taller tasting bar.

Old Vines Restaurant.I was very impressed with their restaurant, called ‘The Old Vines’, has a very  nice and spacious patio for outside dining and enjoying the view….and wine. Getting down to the restaurant you have to use a ramp located inside the restaurant

This ramp is located inside the resturant and leads onto the patio.

This ramp is located inside the restaurant and leads onto the patio.

If you require something to hold onto the restaurant’s ramp has railings that are 36 inches off the ground. Once on the patio, the tables are spread apart enough to make maneuvering around them easier than most restaurants. The outside tables are pedestal style, so there is room for your legs underneath, someone using a manual or a power chair may have to position their chair sideways.

The tables are pedestal style so someone in a manual or power wheelchair might have to sit sideways.

The tables are pedestal style so someone in a manual or power wheelchair might have to sit sideways.

One issue I noted on the property is the bathroom doors in the wine shop. They are quite heavy, but once you get in, the bathroom itself is very open and spacious. with an accessible counter and sink.

The sink in the bathroom at the winery is very easy to wheel under.

The sink in the bathroom at the winery is very easy to wheel under.

If you’re in need of a raised toilet , this may not be the best of bathrooms as the toilet height is only 17 inches.

The ramp from the parking lot to the wine shop is a lower grade, longer ramp.

This ramp is a lower grade and easy to wheel or walk on.

This ramp is a lower grade and easy to wheel or walk on.

The ground between the vines is smooth and easy to navigate.

This ground is pretty even and smooth to wheel or walk over.

This ground is pretty even and smooth to wheel or walk over.

In between some of the vines, they have small sitting areas that can accommodate power and manual wheelchairs. The seats provided might prove challenging for anyone with hip/knees issues as the padding on the bench-style seats tend to slide and the seats themselves are not anchored to the ground so pushing off from them could be tricky.

This is a nice, quiet area to come and enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy the views.

This is a nice, quiet area to come and enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy the views.

Quail’s Gate has several different types of tours available, and unfortunately, not all parts of the winery are accessible on the tours. For example, the wine library,  which houses the vineyards classic collection and features a small seating overlooking a very cool looking storage space, is located up and flight of steep stairs and has no elevator access.However, the part of the tours that show you the main storage vats and bottling area is wide open and easy to manage from a chair.

privatetastingarea

Barrels of wine

The bottling area was pretty cool to see.

The bottling area was pretty cool to see.

 

For more information about Quails Gate Winery, please visit their website at:

http://quailsgate.com/